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GS_TECH01

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Android App for USB GPS Receivers
« on: August 29, 2012, 05:13:23 pm »

We have discovered that there is an Android App out there that may possibly get your USB GPS Receiver (like the BU-353, BU-353-S4, and ND-100S) to work with your Android Tablet/Phone with USB Host Support. Please keep in mind that this app will only work with PL2303 USB based GPS Receivers, as mentioned above.

If anyone out there has an Android Tablet that has a USB port and USB Host Support, please test out this app and let us know if it works:

"PL2303 Mock Location Provider": http://www.tabletroms.com/forums/vega-general-development/4331-pl2303-usb-gps-stick-software-available.html
App download (the cost is about $2.62): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.esolutions4you.mlprovider
Or, try its free demo version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.esolutions4you.mlproviderdemo
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Re: Android App for USB GPS Receivers
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2013, 02:04:14 pm »

We have found a solution:

If your device is running Honeycomb and above (Android 3.1 ~ Android 4.2+), then you can use the "UsbGPS4Honeycomb_MR1_alpha" app to get the USB GPS Receiver working. Please download it from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=32851757&postcount=58

This app was created for us by a developer in France, and it appears to be working, although, we can't guarantee that it'll work on all Android devices.

I would suggest you refer to the video the developer created regarding how to use the app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scDqVFPN9lU

If you need further help with this app working on your device, we suggest contacting the developer through the forum posting where the app is found.

-Jesse
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Re: Android App for USB GPS Receivers
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2013, 11:56:34 am »

     Is there a way to get these without using the Google play store?  It says my tablet is not compatible, even though I'm sure it would work.  I am running Android 4.0.3.  Dont mind paying for it, but I seem to have hit a roadblock.
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Re: Android App for USB GPS Receivers
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2013, 12:22:15 pm »

If you go to XDA Link mentioned above (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=32851757&postcount=58) you'll be able to download the UsbGPS4Honeycomb_MR1_alpha.apk file and manually install it on your Android Device.

Or are you referring to another app?

-Jesse
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Re: Android App for USB GPS Receivers
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2013, 02:27:10 pm »

Well I got both apps downloaded, but it still isn't recognizing my GPS.  I have a PIPO S3 running Andriod 4.1.1 and a BU-353.  When I open the usb_gps I can't select where it says choose USB device....
when I go into the USB host controller it says S3C USB host driver not found.
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Re: Android App for USB GPS Receivers
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2013, 02:35:52 pm »

Unfortunately, we're unable to help you any further, as we didn't create this app. I would suggest contacting the developer of the app, as he's more knowledgeable on these matters.

Thanks.
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Re: Android App for USB GPS Receivers
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2013, 08:08:42 pm »

how about getting it to work on my Windows 7 PC, downloaded the driver, its showing up in device manager as Prolific USB-to-Serial comm port (Com5), but when I open gpsinfo it doesn't see it, says comm port error....
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Re: Android App for USB GPS Receivers
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2013, 10:49:42 am »

Please download the latest version of GPSInfo (http://www.usglobalsat.com/store/downloads/GPSInfo.zip) as that should resolve your problem.
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Re: Android App for USB GPS Receivers
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2013, 12:41:29 pm »

It will pick up satellites on the map, but they stay red and blue and wont lock.  The unit was shipped from the east, is it possible anything needs to be changed for the east coast US?
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Re: Android App for USB GPS Receivers
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2013, 12:47:52 pm »

No, it doesn't need to be configured in order for it to work.

Are you outdoors under an open sky?

Can you push the cold start button to "reset" it and see if it'll get a GPS fix afterwards?

-Jesse
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