GPS Sidekick

GPS Sidekick


Do you keep waiting long for GPS location updates ? Is there sufficient satellite coverage and are you getting a goog satellite signal? This app will help you monitor the GPS status and AUTO LAUNCH [New] your favorite app like Maps when GPS location fix is available. This is a frequent USE CASE in the following situations :-

1. You are indoors
2. Phone is taking too long to get location
3. No clear sky

The widgets in this app will show the number of visible GPS satellites and the mean signal strength. Now you will be able to predict whether you are likely to get a location fix. Depending upon the number of satellites and signal strength you can take the decision to move around to a more open area.

Remember that it takes at least 3 to 4 satellites before you can receive location fix.

Additionally the number of satellites having ephemeris and almanac data in addition to accuracy is also available.
Almanac(Imprecise) and Ephemeris(Precise) are satellite data cached in the GPS engine. The almanac data validity is in months. The ephemeris data gets invalidated in a few hours. If you get more satellites with valid ephemeris then you will quickly get location fixes with good accuracy.

Once the widget confirms location availability that means the GPS Engine is updated with the latest almanac and ephemeris data and you can open the main app like Maps or whatever you want to use to get immediate location.

The resizable widgets have a circular graphic with outer circle representing the satellites. The inner circle is the average signal strength.

Operation:- Tap the widget to start it. It will run for the duration you set in the app and stop automatically. This is a battery saving measure. If you want to stop before it auto stops just tap it again.

Features:-
1. No of satellites
2. Mean GPS signal strength(SNR)
3. No of satellites with valid Almanac
4. No of satellites with valid Ephemeris
5. Accuracy in meters
6. Color and Schemes
8. Vibrate on Fix
9. Stop on fix
10. Launch your favorite app on Fix[New]

Premium Features(Inapp Purchase):-
1. Adfree
2. Tones on Fix and Fix Lost
3. Notification Color change on Fix and Fix Lost
4. Additional transparent Schemes

IMPORTANT.
1. After installation if you cant see the widget in the list of widgets just change the orientation of the device while the list of widgets is opened. This will refresh the widgets list. Also do not move the app to SDCard because Android does not support widgets in removable storage.
2. The version 4.0 series of the app are only compatible with Android 4.1 and above. Previous version users will get the pre Ver 4.0 series without the new Widget.

Recent changes:
This Update
- Minor UI Changes

Recent
- Satellite full screen status
- Icon changes
- App Name Change
- Removed Legacy widgets and replaced with more battery efficient widgets
- Pick app to launch on Fix
- Lollipop theme update
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4.2
User ratings
291
Installs
10,000+
Concerns
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File size
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About GPS Sidekick
Do you keep waiting long for GPS location updates ? Is there sufficient satellite coverage and are you getting a goog satellite signal? This app will help you monitor the GPS status and AUTO LAUNCH [New] your favorite app like Maps when GPS location fix is available. This is a frequent USE CASE in the following situations :-

1. You are indoors
2. Phone is taking too long to get location
3. No clear sky

The widgets in this app will show the number of visible GPS satellites and the mean signal strength. Now you will be able to predict whether you are likely to get a location fix. Depending upon the number of satellites and signal strength you can take the decision to move around to a more open area.

Remember that it takes at least 3 to 4 satellites before you can receive location fix.

Additionally the number of satellites having ephemeris and almanac data in addition to accuracy is also available.
Almanac(Imprecise) and Ephemeris(Precise) are satellite data cached in the GPS engine. The almanac data validity is in months. The ephemeris data gets invalidated in a few hours. If you get more satellites with valid ephemeris then you will quickly get location fixes with good accuracy.

Once the widget confirms location availability that means the GPS Engine is updated with the latest almanac and ephemeris data and you can open the main app like Maps or whatever you want to use to get immediate location.

The resizable widgets have a circular graphic with outer circle representing the satellites. The inner circle is the average signal strength.

Operation:- Tap the widget to start it. It will run for the duration you set in the app and stop automatically. This is a battery saving measure. If you want to stop before it auto stops just tap it again.

Features:-
1. No of satellites
2. Mean GPS signal strength(SNR)
3. No of satellites with valid Almanac
4. No of satellites with valid Ephemeris
5. Accuracy in meters
6. Color and Schemes
8. Vibrate on Fix
9. Stop on fix
10. Launch your favorite app on Fix[New]

Premium Features(Inapp Purchase):-
1. Adfree
2. Tones on Fix and Fix Lost
3. Notification Color change on Fix and Fix Lost
4. Additional transparent Schemes

IMPORTANT.
1. After installation if you cant see the widget in the list of widgets just change the orientation of the device while the list of widgets is opened. This will refresh the widgets list. Also do not move the app to SDCard because Android does not support widgets in removable storage.
2. The version 4.0 series of the app are only compatible with Android 4.1 and above. Previous version users will get the pre Ver 4.0 series without the new Widget.

Recent changes:
This Update
- Minor UI Changes

Recent
- Satellite full screen status
- Icon changes
- App Name Change
- Removed Legacy widgets and replaced with more battery efficient widgets
- Pick app to launch on Fix
- Lollipop theme update

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Android Market Comments
A Google User
Feb 19, 2015
Like the app butt... Can you tell me why this app keeps auto starting (after force stop) when GPS service is not in use? Starts approx. Every 10 minutes. It is a large battery drain running while phone sleeps. OS 4.1.2
A Google User
Dec 20, 2014
Cool Works fine. Zero issues.
A Google User
Oct 18, 2014
Really our new world looks reinvented
A Google User
Aug 3, 2014
Handy tool for use with GPS apps I'd had problems with navigation apps losing position. This provided an easy fix that consistently gets them working.
A Google User
Jul 18, 2014
I Like it
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