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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by pazitp, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. pazitp

    pazitp Lurker
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    I am new to tasker. I want my GPS to be on only when waze (navigation app) is on. I have a profile for that and it works fine. But if I get a call or leave waze for any reason, the GPS turns off and doesn't come back on again. I want the GPS to be on all the time when waze is on, even when waze is not in focus. Is it possible?

    Some details: I have a Samsung galaxy note, with a German stock ICS rom. The profile is defined using secure settings+helper.


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  2. pazitp

    pazitp Lurker
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    I thought of a temporary solution: as an exit task, I told it to wait 5 minutes before turning the GPS off. It works, but I'm wondering if there is a smarter way of doing this.

    Another question:
    I have wifi switched on only when I'm close to certain cellular towers (e.g. at home). But I also have wifi on when I use waze (it helps locating faster). The problem is, sometimes these profiles conflict. If I return home using waze, I switch waze off and then wifi is switched off, the wifi doesn't switch on because I'm close to my home cellular towers. I guess it's because I came close to these cellular towers before waze was switched off and tasker doesn't re-check? Is there a way to resolve this conflict?
  3. chi_ra

    chi_ra Lurker

    I found a solution in the tasker google groups.

    If you do not have an exit task already for waze creating one will solve your issue.
    First create a variable %Waze and follow the steps below for creating the exit task.

    1. Run Shell command (this will read notifications to see if waze is still active)
    tmp=$(dumpsys notification); case $tmp in **waze**) VAR="true" ;; *) VAR="false" ;; esac; echo $VAR
    StoreResultIn -> %Waze
    2. If %Waze ~ false
    3. Disable GPS
    4. End If
  4. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    GPS isn't using power unless it's flashing in the status bar though. Not quite sure on the reason for turning GPS off in the first place.


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