Those who often put themselves at the mercy of GPS devices to navigate their way home may find current navigation technology lacking in certain aspects. From the not-so-accurate position readings and the long satellite locking time, to the battery drain that we came to expect when using our smartphones as satnav devices, there are things about GPS that can ruin your travel.
But things may be about to change for the better with the introduction of BCM4752, a new GPS chip from Broadcom, that promises to deal with the problems above.10X better acquisition and less battery consumption
Most GPS units currently on the market only rely on one or two [...]
There’s nothing more annoying than GPS that can’t find you. For users of the Samsung Captivate, the phone’s GPS has often suffered long lock times and inaccuracy in navigation. For others, it simply doesn’t work. Thanks to both mikel.canovas and h3llstorm, members of XDA Developers, there is now a way to fix that troublesome GPS. The best part is that this fix reportedly works for all Android 2.3.x Gingerbread ROMs on the Samsung Captivate.
If you’re worried that this solution will require you to exercise your command typing skills, you can relax. The GPS fix method is quick and easy. Simply follow our instructions and even the most [...]
It’s been said so many times already, yet people still have a need to use their mobile phones when they are driving. Because of this, there are several Android phones that offer a Car Mode app that can either be built-in or downloaded through the Android Market. Once in this mode, there are some additional steps that need to be taken unfortunately.
To get rid of this, Cobra Electronics has released a new product known as the Cobra JoyRide. As soon as you plug in your Android phone into the charger, it automatically reconfigures a companion app which opens your customized Car Mode. As a result, you get a car-specific interface with large buttons that allow you to easily [...]
A few years ago, GPS devices were selling like hotcakes! Everyone wanted to have a piece of them and if you didn’t have one in your car, you’re not cool. This has turned into the opposite, nowadays. If you were still using your GPS unit, then you’re not cool. So what did people use to navigate directions? Their smartphones, of course!
But when it comes to such apps, there’s nothing smarter than using them on an Android device. In fact, Consumer Reports have tested this out. This is one area which iOS isn’t doing too well. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Android phones come with a free built in Google Navigation system.
Meanwhile, iPhone users [...]
Now that you can track your phone’s location online, and even track other people’s locations, it is almost impossible to lose your phone given that you have an application that tracks your device’s locations. But what happens when you don’t have one of those programs installed? Now, thanks to Lookout Labs, you can turn to Plan B. More specifically, if you lost your phone and did not install Lookout Mobile Security, or any other location tracking service, simply go to the Android Market Web Store and install Plan B remotely.
After the app has installed, it should start up by itself. However, you may have to send yourself text messages to get Plan [...]
There are a total of more than 150,000 Android apps out on the market now. The overwhelmingly huge amount of application choices can be mind-boggling to a new Android phone user. Here is an attempt to make the decision a little easier. Presented below are some apps that by their features and popularity can be labeled as ‘must-haves’. They cover most of the common uses and aspects of an Android phone from basic operation to entertainment and security.Customization Apps 1. Free Advanced Task Manager
As the name says, this program enables you to accomplish the basic routines quickly without eating up your phone’s resources. These tasks include viewing system information, [...]
Next week at IFA in Berlin, Germany, ViewSonic is expected to launch two new Android tablets. The ViewPads, as the company has hinted they will be called, will come in both 7-inch and 10-inch flavors. Both devices are expected offer speedy 3G and WiFi connectivity, dual cameras, microSD support, GPS, and a USB port.
T-Mobile USA slashed the price of its Garmin-ASUS navigation smartphone, the Garminfone. The Android-powered Garminfone was originally available for $199.99 at launch in June, but can be had for $129.99 with a two-year service contract today.
A possible T-Mobile USA Motorola Android device has shown up on the FCC’s site for use in the U.S. The phone looks nearly identical to the MOTOROI, which runs Android and began shipping earlier this year in other markets. The unannounced MB710, as it is labeled, supports WCDMA 3G data on the 1700MHz AWS frequency band as well as EDGE and features a large touchscreen display, an 8 megapixel camera, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and GPS for navigation. We won’t know availability and pricing information until the phone is officially announced.