Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by INTREPID-NY, May 28, 2010.
Navionics Applications for Android
Damn too bad I dont wanna pay for apps, this would be cool.
Hmm doesn't look as good as active captain was, ill see what else is around..
Nothing else is around. It's the only nautical chart app that does NOT require an active INTERNET connection.
Works well, but I noticed one bug: When you close the app, the gps icon remains on (at least with the Droid Incredible) so you must use a task killer to close Navionics Mobile (app name: USAEast for me). Why for the love of god can't all apps have a simple EXIT button. I just don't get it. Anyway, as a licensed captain I was waiting for Navionics Mobile to come out for Android. You still can't import routes or waypoints, but you can create them on the device and export them to Google Earth.
Geowake is the only other app available and it's very slow (even on wifi). Will not work offline.
Note: It takes 15 minutes to download and decompress the charts on your Incredible, so a WiFi connection in recommended. I have my phone set to not sleep when plugged in. I don't know what would happen if it went to sleep while downloading the charts.
I tried to download the West Coast version. It says the page is not there yet. I was just about to buy a new Garmin, I think I will wait to see how well this works. Any word yet, good or bad?
West coast is available. Search for: Marine: US West
It comes up fine for me with a "Buy" Button. I didn't buy it because I have the East version.
Alternative: Download Barcode Scanner and scan this: Marine: US West for Android
If still not available, this could be why - email from Navionics:
Thanks for your email and interest in our apps.
Navionics Mobile apps are already available for Android. We are uploading them to the market in these days. Check the market and if your app isn’t there yet, wait a couple more days, you will find it by the end of next week.
Let us know how you enjoy it.
We’re available for any further information or help you might need.
Please visit our website for more information on Navionics charts for your iPhone: www.navionics.com
• Mobile Marine Chart catalog
• Mobile Lake Map catalog
• Mobile FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
• Click on: Navionics Mobile User Guide
• Watch our video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMaZEXCsv60
• Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Navionics Mobile Team
Thanks for the info. West coast still not up. Have you used the app ? What do you think ?
It's good. Haven't used it on the water yet. It's nice that the charts are preloaded with no internet connection required. No multitouch (pinch and zoom). You can double tap or use the zoom buttons. Good clarity - standard Navionics Charts. Ports and Services Listing as well. You can create Routes and save them. To find find them click on the search button (this is where the ports and services are located as well). To rename a route, you must click on the route on the chart (can't rename it from the route list). It needs tweaking and there is the bug about closing the app but gps remains active (you will need to kill the app or you will drain your battery). You can use any task killer or Menu, Settings, Applications, Manage Applications, FORCE STOP. The app will be listed as USAEast or USAWest, etc.
Overall a very good app. esp since it's the only one available. Navionics is a descent company and I'm sure they will improve it as well. The chart data is excellent.
The only bummer is that you can not import routes. You can export routes via email or to google earth (with the Navionics plugin).
The app is just a 2nd backup for me and when I want to check a chart when I'm not on the boat or at home. Or perhaps when I'm on vacation and a rent a boat without a chartplotter, etc. It's nice to have a chart at your fingertips.
I'll let you know how well it works on the water tracking the boat's position and course on the chart.
i'm downloading it all now. i figure i'll try it since i'm out on the water this weekend. and i believe the android market gives u 24 hours to try an app if u don't like it u get a full refund.
Figured out why I can not download, I have the HTC HERO. Only works for four Phones. HTC Tattoo, Nexus One, Motorola Droid, Acer Liquid. CRAP
Any other good navigation apps available?
It works on the Incredible too.
No. Geowake is the only other one and it's extremely slow and requires an active Internet connection.
has anyone had this problem. I downloaded the app on wi fi and it also de compressed the charts. Now when I open the app, It opens fine but I just see basic land out lines and no detail on the charts. Like a basemap without the chart overlay.
Try rebooting your phone. Try zooming in and out. Move the chart to another location. If all that doesn't work, Uninstall and then reinstall the app. Mine is working fine with Droid Incredible.
Note: It takes 15 minutes to download and decompress the charts on your Incredible, so you must use a WiFi connection. I have my phone set to not sleep when plugged in. I don't know what would happen if it went to sleep while decompressing the charts.
I had/have Active Captain on my Omnia, how would you compare this to that? I know Active Captain are making a android app, but it won't be ready for a while, Was wondering if your application would get me by till then or if you consider your app a better one anyways. I'm thinking of downloading it and testing it, and if I don;t like it just uninstalling it with the the 24 hour limit.
One problem is I don't have a Wifi connection out here in the middle of the Puget Sound... lol so is there no way this can do it over the 3g connection?
I don't recommend downloading it over a 3G connection. It will take a very long time - like hours. The app is only 4MB, but then it has to download the charts. The charts are about 300MB uncompressed, so about 150-200MB compressed. That's a long long download at 3G Speeds. I would estimate about at least 1 hour and depending on your signal strength, could be a lot longer. If you want to give it a try, set your phone not to sleep when plugged in and then plug it in. Download the App and run it. The app itself will download the charts automatically.
Note - How to set your phone to not sleep when charging (plugged in):
Menu, Settings, Applications > Development. Select the "Stay awake" check box
Thats not a problem, i've download 500+ plus websites via my 3g connection, but is it possible? as you said "you must use a WiFi connection"...
Sorry, I should have said that you can use a 3G connection, but it's not recommended. BTW, I'm just a user, not the developer.
Oh my bad, i thought it was your app lol, because of the post with the contact details up above....
Well thanks for your help
Have you used it out on the water yet? if not, how about a video would love to see it in action, and all their videos are standstill
i had the same problem with seeing no charts. the problem started after uninstalling navionics and inserting a larger sdcard. before that it worked fine.
did you solve the problem yet?
i posted a comment at the facebooksite of navionics yesterday.
Android can't see navionics charts
Well, still no reply so I will join in. I downloaded the Pacific Islands/Japan and after going through a half hour of 2 downloads and installation, I could only see the outlines of land masses. My brand new Android is not reading the navionics charts. I get a red arrow for my position, but nothing else. I uninstalled to get my money back and I'm waiting for some sort of reply before I spend the money again and get nothing. Hope to hear from someone soon.
Same issue for me (Samsung I9000, android 2.1). Did you fix it?
I sent a message to Navionics support, no answer until now.
I've not checked out this app yet but please don't be that way about paying for apps. I want to encourage you to help support the android developers. I'm not saying pay for an app only for the sake of saying "I'm a supporter" but if you find and app to be worthwhile, a couple of bucks is not much to pay after all.
Just got this email.