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Gyrometer works fine in Maps, but skywatching programs won't work any more

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  1. TheyCallMeBT

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    So, I can spin around like a school girl in the Maps application, and the arrow pointer will stay right with me the entire time. But if I open Google Sky Map or Star Chart, they don't work right any more. They used to work on this phone. I can move all around the sky without it moving or I might move left and it moves the screen like I'm moving right.

    Is that not using the same sensor? Do you think it or some other sensor needs to be recalibrated, or are the apps just screwy now?
     

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    I know what you're talking about. I don't know if it's a Nexus related problem or ICS, but Google Sky Map sucks on the Nexus. It was better on my OG Droid. I've heard of other people having the same problem but haven't heard a fix for it. I thought having the barometer was supposed to assist this, but what do I know?
     
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    Ok, cool. Yeah, I know I've used it before and it work right, but I may be thinking back to the DX days. It's just a minor annoyance, though. As long as it works in what I really need it to (Maps & Navigation), it'll work until there's a fix.

    The other day, I was like... now I KNOW that's Venus and not a star in the Orion constellation. lol.
     
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    I have also noticed this, and if anyone finds a solution or can link to older versions of apps that do work correctly I'd be very interested.
     
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    Galaxy Nexus, also?
     
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    I've got Skeye and a few other live astronomy apps and was getting southern constellations while pointing north.
    On site recommended taking your phone and waving it around in a figure 8 pattern for a couple of times.

    That reset Skeye for me.
     
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    I've tried that before, but to no avail. But I don't know if the screen is supposed to be facing the sky or if the top of the phone (like if you were holding it straight out in front of you where you could see the screen) should be. Do you know which it is, or it doesn't matter?
     
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    I have an Optimus V. I currently have Skeye installed and I will try the figure 8 thing myself.
     
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    I had the same thing happen on my OG Incredible. I was never able to solve it. I used Sky Map without problems for a few months, then it got stuck in about a 150 degree range.

    Eventually I discovered I could calibrate it using the GPS Status app, and then it worked but ONLY in the GPS Status app. Whenever I went back to Sky Map or any other compass app, it would only bounce between SE and W when I turned 360. So I don't think it was a hardware issue like I initially thought.
     
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    I moved on to the HTC Rezound a couple of months ago. My Incredible is still lying around and I just factory reset it this past weekend, something I was unwilling to do when it served as my primary mobile device.

    Just for kicks I just redownloaded Sky Map on it. Guess what... it works! North is pointing in the right direction and it smoothly follows me in a 360 rotation. I hate to say it... but if a fix is important to you, you may want to try a factory reset.
     
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    I think I asked Mobile Planetarium dev. He said it didn't matter which way you held the phone. The gyro should adjust for position. I waved it around vigorously for about 5 circuits.
     
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    Ok, cool. I just had an update for Star Chart, and it seems to have fixed whatever the issue for it was. I don't really have anything it the sky to look at, but it got N S E W correct and tracked my movements all around. There's a cool new feature to "travel" to other planets and see everything from their point of view. It's cool to see that we're just another spec of light in the sky from the sun's point of view or anywhere else other than the moon.
     
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    I like the 3D view in Mobile Planetarium - it also does live sunspots. The new one is huge and predicted to cause flares.
     

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