1. Check out our companion app, Forums for Android! Download from Google Play

General 2.1 location GPS Question - assistance please

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by SGM-CO, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. SGM-CO

    SGM-CO Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    15

    Jan 7, 2010
    50
    0
    15
    I'm confused. :)

    Presently my phone is configured to grab location information. With location information comes turning on GPS which decreases my battery life substantially. When running 1.5 it seems as though location could be turned on without having to turn GPS on.

    The options -
    Turn location off all together
    Turn location on with 911 support only
    Turn location on period with GPS support


    1.5 allowed me to choose location without gps support. Does this make any sense? Could I get some assistance here?

    Thanks
    SGM
     

    Advertisement

  2. wilceaux

    wilceaux Well-Known Member
    16

    Jan 15, 2010
    70
    9
    16
    Austin, TX
    Huh. I hadn't realized that, but you seem to be right.
    Weird.
     
  3. mtalexan

    mtalexan Member
    6

    Mar 10, 2010
    6
    1
    6
    I have no idea what you're talking about with 1.5, but in general there are two ways to get your location, GPS and cell-tower triangulation. The GPS eats power, but you shouldn't have much of a reason to leave it on for an extended period of time unless you're using something like Navigator for hours on end. GPS gives a very fine-tuned location, while the cell-tower triangulation gives you a more coarse location. If you only care about your general area, many apps have an option or setting to allow triangulation instead, and some apps have a fallback to triangulation if GPS is manually blocked by the system. Triangulation uses almost no additional power so you might try that instead.

    EDIT: I'm an idiot. I got you on the 1.5. More specifically, you can manually turn GPS off completely in 2.1, or leave it for the specific app to decide when it needs it. If you're GPS is constantly eating your battery, get better apps that don't have GPS on when they don't need it.
     
    SGM-CO likes this.
  4. SGM-CO

    SGM-CO Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    15

    Jan 7, 2010
    50
    0
    15
    Thanks for the input. Triangulation is fine for the day to day needs for weather and location based services such as "where" or "411free". All I want is the triangulation but can't seem to get that service...unless of course the "911" option is that service...which I don't think it is.
     
  5. aleis

    aleis Well-Known Member
    118

    Nov 14, 2009
    1,055
    33
    118

    well, 2.1 just add that ability to dis-allow apps that use GPS.
    so it has the e911. so that only the police can track you (so...gps technically is never turned off) but google has location based services and of course verizon has assisted gps which is alot similar to google except that its using cellphone tower triangulation. google location uses internet protocols triangulation to locate you. all constantly working in the background so...just not as much as dedicated gps power hungry receiver :)
     
  6. OfTheDamned

    OfTheDamned The Friendly Undead
    813

    Oct 29, 2009
    9,692
    8,365
    813
    Right Behind You
    There are 2 different icons in the status bar for location information. The one right next to the headphones icon is for location information and is using cell triangulation to get your location.

    [​IMG]

    The other one looks like a satellite dish and that is for the gps. If you don't see the little satellite dish in the notification bar then you aren't using GPS at the moment, even if it is turned on.
     
    SGM-CO likes this.
  7. Podivin

    Podivin Well-Known Member
    213

    Nov 29, 2009
    3,679
    881
    213
    Jacksonville, Fl
    Menu > settings > location.
    Turn on 'use wireless networks', turn off 'use GPS'. Under "location setting" set 'location on'. That should work, at least it works for me.
     
  8. SGM-CO

    SGM-CO Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    15

    Jan 7, 2010
    50
    0
    15
    I do believe Ofthedamend is correct. Motovec - bet if you check your GPS is back on but not being used!!

    SGM
     
  9. Caddyman

    Caddyman Well-Known Member
    233

    Nov 10, 2009
    3,216
    638
    233
    Mechanical Piping Designer
    Delaware
    You just wanted to show off your media player.
     
  10. OfTheDamned

    OfTheDamned The Friendly Undead
    813

    Oct 29, 2009
    9,692
    8,365
    813
    Right Behind You
    Interesting, I leave mine on all the time and never really try to turn it off. I had not noticed that I just couldn't. I just checked the widget and turning it off kills all location services too. Odd.

    Well, more home screen space for me I guess. ;)
     
  11. OfTheDamned

    OfTheDamned The Friendly Undead
    813

    Oct 29, 2009
    9,692
    8,365
    813
    Right Behind You
    LOL, I don't even have it anymore actually. It was just the last screenshot pic that I uploaded to tinypic so it was easy to grab.
     

Share This Page

Loading...