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Using phone as a GPS

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Mar 2015
10:45am, 10 Mar 2015
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Nick Cook
The coordinates work on Google maps on my phone though
Mar 2015
10:46am, 10 Mar 2015
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fetcheveryone
The problem I have to get round now is to make sure that the phone can repeatedly grab a location, even if the screen is locked. I have a feeling this might be a sticking point :-/
Mar 2015
10:46am, 10 Mar 2015
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Nick Cook
(Although Google knows where I am anyway)
Mar 2015
10:46am, 10 Mar 2015
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sallykate
and if I put the complete numbers from iPhone 6+ into Google maps it's exactly my location
Mar 2015
10:50am, 10 Mar 2015
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AngusClydesdale
Location is correct within about 3m :-)
Mar 2015
11:01am, 10 Mar 2015
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fetcheveryone
It would work great whilst the phone is 'alive', but as soon as the phone locks itself, it kills off the location-capturing code - which would make it a bit difficult to give you the functionality of a GPS watch, unless you set your phone up not to lock itself, which would be a bit of a faff :-/

But it could still be useful as a page that you could bookmark on your phone - loading that page would send your location to your buddies online (handy for your friends during a marathon, say).
Mar 2015
11:09am, 10 Mar 2015
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Corona
Works on my samsung s5
Mar 2015
11:11am, 10 Mar 2015
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geordiegirl
its found me! does that mean that technically it should work (if I can figure out unlocking my screen) although goodness knows who my phone will text/ring all by itself….
Mar 2015
11:14am, 10 Mar 2015
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fetcheveryone
GG - in theory it could, but with the screen lit up, it could use the battery pretty fast, and the screen would also be receptive to touch, and therefore it might slip off the page.
Mar 2015
11:21am, 10 Mar 2015
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Nelly
The "Try It" button doesn't do anything on my iPhone 5, but then I am indoors and my Garmin struggles to find a signal from my desk. I'll try it later when I'm out and about.

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