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XOOM support for GPS

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by rbcooper, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. rbcooper

    rbcooper Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Sorry if this has been asked previously. I couldn't find this anywhere using the search function.

    What is if any the support of GPS with XOOM / Android 3.0? My application is as an alternative marine chart plotter and if the device doesn't have an internal GPS and antenna then it's a no go for me.

    Motorola site had indicated GPS support but now appears to have deleted it so what's the scoop? I noted that it does have a barometer, accelerometer, gyroscope.
     

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  2. Proph

    Proph Android Enthusiast

  3. Air Force One

    Air Force One Android Enthusiast

    Will it still work even if you cancel the data plan with verizon? I'll be connecting to my Nexus via it's wifi hotspot and need the xoom to have full GPS capabilities so I can use Google Nav.

    Thanks!
     
  4. Proph

    Proph Android Enthusiast

    i can't see why that scenario wouldn't work. i plan on doing similar things just with a mifi spot or using my one of my droid phones wifi hotspots, the xoom would use its gps chip and the data for google maps or whatever would come from the wifi connection.
     
  5. Air Force One

    Air Force One Android Enthusiast

    yeah i'm thinking it will be alright. I have a buddy who has a Desire so I took out his SIM and turned off wifi, and at that point it just says GPS location unavailable... so I then connected his desire to my Nexus via wifi hotspot and then the Desire's GPS started working, so I figure the Xoom will at least function the same way...that is unless Verizon has somehow gimped GPS unless you have Verizon data activated...I doubt it but then again I wouldn't put it past Verizon either.
     
  6. Don S

    Don S Android Enthusiast

    GPS itself should not need mobile data. Google Maps however - and several other apps - do in fact require Mobile data to function properly. They need to fetch maps - which are not stored locally on the device - to view from within the app. Many apps need this connection, but not all do.

    For example a different application that uses GPS - one which stores all the data it needs locally on the device (maps, etc) - would not need any kind of 3G data to function correctly.
     
  7. StreakTheQuad

    StreakTheQuad Well-Known Member


    When i had a galaxy tab with no data plan, I tested this. I started google maps at home on wifi, then got in the car to drive to the store. The gps tracked me the whole time; however, once I left the extent of the map downloaded in my cache, you could only see the directional arrow traveling through a checkerboard.

    I think that the new maps will cache your whole route in navigation, but I haven't tried this yet
     
  8. rjoudrey

    rjoudrey Android Expert

  9. gamul1

    gamul1 Android Enthusiast

    I feel really stupid on this one but I really don't know how GPS works in relation to other features or by itself.

    I am trying to figure out if I can use the GPS for Google navigation if I buy the Wi-Fi only model, and then am driving around and get lost and want to use navigation to get directions. Does GPS only really work if it has network access via 3G or Wi-Fi?

    Apologies if this is obvious to everyone but me.

    With the Wi-Fi only Xoom coming sooner than I expected, I am trying to figure out if I really want to spend $200 more for 3G when I am not even sure if I would ever want it.
     
  10. gamul1

    gamul1 Android Enthusiast

    Thanks to whoever merged my post with this one. I thought I searched but did not see thsi one. Obviously need to do a better job of searching.

    Answers above seem to tell me that the Xoom GPS will not work for what I want, Google nav on its own. So, I may need to consider buying the 3G version in case I decide I want that later. But... $200 more is a bit too.

    Decisions decisions.... :)
     
  11. marctronixx

    Moderator

    you can always get a phone with internet access and use it as a wifi hotspot to the tablet of your choice... thats what a few users will do who have hotpot enabled handsets...
     
  12. melantus

    melantus Well-Known Member

    My question to you guys is where the heck you going strap this bad boy in your car!? This 10 inch tablet, putting that on your dash seems a little un-practical if I'm missing something please fill me in. I use my car mount for my OG droid, and google NAV. I mean what do you even use to make sure it's secure in the car and isn't blocking a chunk of your windshield?
     
  13. Don S

    Don S Android Enthusiast

    Actually, if you download/buy another navigation app such as Aura GPS ($19.99 for US maps) that stores maps on the device, you should have no problems navigating absent a 3G signal .
     
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  14. gamul1

    gamul1 Android Enthusiast

    Thanks!!! I could only push the "Thanks" button once so I wanted to reply and add an extra thank you!
     
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  15. Proph

    Proph Android Enthusiast

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  16. gamul1

    gamul1 Android Enthusiast

    Thanks! Those are the most detailed specs I have seen on the Xoom so far.
     
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  17. tyneusch

    tyneusch Well-Known Member

    My question on those specs is WHY are there 4 different model numbers? Anyone notice that?
     
  18. ghodzilla5150

    ghodzilla5150 Android Enthusiast

    Wow. Moto is really doing a GREAT job on the WiFi only model. It's the exact same model as the 3G version without the Radio, Awesome. Apple took out GPS with their 16gb WiFi only model. I highly doubt the Radio costs Moto an extra $200. Can't wait for the other tablets to hit the market. The price will surely come down (especially when the iPad 2 releases). Competition is great.
     
  19. marctronixx

    Moderator

    one is wifi/3G/4G
    two are overseas (Dubai) and perhaps a gsm carrier in another country
    one is wifi only...

    thats how it looks to me...


     
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