GPS Status - Intro

GPS Status & Toolox is a simple Android application that lets you monitor the state of your GPS receiver along with all the sensors your phone may have.

The main goal for the application is to assist you and all the other applications on your device to get a GPS lock as fast as possible. It is much better to know what is happening inside your phone than staring cluelessly on a blinking notificaion icon and hoping that it will stop blinking sooner or later. (Some people just simply enjoy watching all the raw data ;)

To achive this, GPS Status must be simple, yet it should be able to present all the data on a single screen. It contains a lot of tools on a single screen: position and signal strength of satellites, accuracy, speed, acceleration, altitude, bearing, pitch, roll, air pressure, rotation speed and battery state.

In addition to the sensor readouts, you will get some basic tools: a compass with magnetic and true north, a leveling tool and a simple "radar" where you can mark or share your current location and navigate back to that point later. This is great for marking the location of your car in a big parking lot, getting to a geocache or just simply getting back safely to the harbor if the fog starts thickening... GPS Status does not require an internet connection so it works everywhere where the sky is visible.

Be sure to read the User Guide and the FAQ. Both of the documents will help you to get the most ofut of your phone.

Enjoy the app...

KNOWN FIRMWARE ISSUES (please do not report them as they can be fixed only by the phone's manufacturer):

  • Samsung phones: Because of a firmware bug, those phones may report extreme battery consumption for GPS Status (and for other programs using sensors) even if it is not running at all. This is harmless and no power is consumed! Just ignore it and let's hope that a future firmware upgrade will fix this.
  • Droid 3: The initial Droid 3 firmware does not implement the satellite status API so you will not see the satellites and the signal strength bars. The rest of the features should work properly.
  • Motorola phones: Turning your phone to airplane mode will turn off the GPS receiver too on some phones. This is a hardware limitation.
  • Droid Charge: Reports 0 altitude
  • LG Optimus: The phone cannot report the SNR values correctly (all signal bars will be maxed out)
  • Nexus One/S: With Andoid 2.3 it cannot report NMEA sentences. This means that the DOP/HDOP/VDOP values are not available.