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Car Locator app doesn't work

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tracerbob, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. tracerbob

    tracerbob Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Downloaded it today and when I attempt to open the app I get the message "car locator requires you to have an enabled compass". How do I do that or does my phone even have a compass?

  2. Rukbat

    Rukbat Extreme Android User

    It could be referring to your GPS, and you could have it shut off. (Most people leave it off to save battery until it's needed.)
  3. tracerbob

    tracerbob Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I have the following on:

    Google's location Service,
    GPS satellites,
    Location & Google search.

    Is there something I'm missing?
  4. freakshow85

    freakshow85 Android Enthusiast

    Unfortunately, the Centura actually doean't have a compass.
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  5. tracerbob

    tracerbob Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Oh well, That explains why it doesn't work. Thanks for the reply
  6. freakshow85

    freakshow85 Android Enthusiast

    You're welcome. I felt bad having to say it lol. I found out when I couldn't look around properly with google sky map. After researching it, the Centura doesn't have a compass in it but I read something about having to have gps on to use compass applications... but that still didnt make google sky map work for me.
  7. SteveCampsOut

    SteveCampsOut Member

    I don't know about that. I just ran Google Sky on my Centura. Turning the phone did turn the map, but it was very laggy/shakey on the Centura, more so than my Samsung Infuse.
  8. freakshow85

    freakshow85 Android Enthusiast

    You can check the specs for yourself. I didnt want to believe they skimped on a compass either lol. Google sky will look up and down but not left and right unless you have gps on and walk in big circles. If you have a phone that does have a compass, you can easily see the difference.
  9. SteveCampsOut

    SteveCampsOut Member

    I just sat here and tested it myself before posting that. Turning the phone left and right did work, but as I said it was very shakey/laggy. I'm not denying that it doesn't have a compass.
  10. freakshow85

    freakshow85 Android Enthusiast

    It just appears to work. I aint trying to nit pick, but it moves up and down but not left and right. Just barely here and there... the laggy jerking makes it look like it may be moving. Just find a point of reference, like North, then do a 180 degree turn. It still shows practically North. It works, but not correctly.

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