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You Are Here GPS


This app allows you to use an external GPS receiver via the USB port of your Android device.

You can use it to provide improved performance, or to provide GPS reception to Android devices that do not contain the necessary internal hardware.

It can be used with unrooted devices that have USB host mode enabled. It can also be used with some devices that do not have USB host mode enabled provided that they are rooted and have Buzybox installed.

This means that it can be used to connect a GPS dongle to inexpensive tablets that do not have internal GPS hardware such as the many tablets based on the Allwinner A13 chip.

The GPS dongle must be based on the PL2303 serial to USB converter delivering NMEA-0183 sentences. The app has been tested with a GlobalSat ND-100S GPS USB dongle available from Maplin in the UK for less than £20. It has also been tested with an Anadigi GPS-206 GPS Antenna. The tablet must deliver power via the USB port. Unpowered USB ports will not work.

This app does not work on all devices. If it works for you - please let us know the model of Android device, the version of Android and the GPS dongle that you used, so we can update this page.

Before using this app, in Settings-> Developer options enable Allow mock locations. Then connect the dongle to your Android device (you may need a micro USB to USB converter cable). Start the app that you want to be the recipient of the GPS data, then start You Are Here GPS and when you see data arriving, wait for a fix before returning to your other app. Do not press the back button while doing this as you must leave the You Are Here GPS app running.

Sayedur Chowdhury has blogged about this app.
See http://mapsnmaps.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/using-external-usb-gps-with-android.html

Please note:
1) This app is intended for use with approved Android devices with powered USB ports.
2) The Amazon Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD devices do not have powered USB ports.
3) USB host mode seems broken in Android 4.3 on some Google Nexus devices but there are reports that a hardware reset may fix the problem.

Recent changes:
Added support for Android 4.3.
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About You Are Here GPS
This app allows you to use an external GPS receiver via the USB port of your Android device.

You can use it to provide improved performance, or to provide GPS reception to Android devices that do not contain the necessary internal hardware.

It can be used with unrooted devices that have USB host mode enabled. It can also be used with some devices that do not have USB host mode enabled provided that they are rooted and have Buzybox installed.

This means that it can be used to connect a GPS dongle to inexpensive tablets that do not have internal GPS hardware such as the many tablets based on the Allwinner A13 chip.

The GPS dongle must be based on the PL2303 serial to USB converter delivering NMEA-0183 sentences. The app has been tested with a GlobalSat ND-100S GPS USB dongle available from Maplin in the UK for less than £20. It has also been tested with an Anadigi GPS-206 GPS Antenna. The tablet must deliver power via the USB port. Unpowered USB ports will not work.

This app does not work on all devices. If it works for you - please let us know the model of Android device, the version of Android and the GPS dongle that you used, so we can update this page.

Before using this app, in Settings-> Developer options enable Allow mock locations. Then connect the dongle to your Android device (you may need a micro USB to USB converter cable). Start the app that you want to be the recipient of the GPS data, then start You Are Here GPS and when you see data arriving, wait for a fix before returning to your other app. Do not press the back button while doing this as you must leave the You Are Here GPS app running.

Sayedur Chowdhury has blogged about this app.
See http://mapsnmaps.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/using-external-usb-gps-with-android.html

Please note:
1) This app is intended for use with approved Android devices with powered USB ports.
2) The Amazon Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD devices do not have powered USB ports.
3) USB host mode seems broken in Android 4.3 on some Google Nexus devices but there are reports that a hardware reset may fix the problem.

Recent changes:
Added support for Android 4.3.

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A Google User
Jul 13, 2014
Just: nothing more, nothing less What one would need for connecting a USB GPS to android. Perfect, neat and pretty.
A Google User
Dec 20, 2013
Excellent app I have a PendoPad7 (Allwinner A13) with Android 4.2.2 (rooted). With the 'You Are Here GPS' app and my GlobalSat BU-353 device I can run the Be-On-Road navigation app. Even though the navigation app indicates 'GPS Disconnected' and it cannot display the actual satellite positions, the road navigation works perfectly. "You Are Here GPS' is a "must have" for tablets without inbuilt GPS devices.
A Google User
Sep 24, 2013
Eeeeexcellent The app works perfectly on a IDK (some A10 cpu) device; also the first and only app to actually work with my Navilock 302U (PL2303 chip). Thank you for this one!
A Google User
Aug 21, 2013
Nice idea and worked for me after rooting device Tablet: Mapan Mx7650b running ICS 4.0.4 (wondermedia based unit) GPS module: Navin minihomer (default baud rate is 38400, but it can be set to 9600 to be compatible with this app using the prolific drivers for pc) In order to get this to work I needed to root the tablet, download USB Host Diagnostics, and allow that utility to 'improve USB host support'.
A Google User
Aug 4, 2013
Pipo M9 I use my gps-206 with this app and works perfect with any GPS application!