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Topic # 87496 30-Jul-2011 08:36 Send private message

Does anyone know a lightweight app that will maintain gps lock when the phone is locked?

I need for google maps to be almost instantaneous when opened. It takes a good 15-30 secs from standby to get location.

I can run a background app like sports tracker and this achieves the purpose as gps lock is maintained when the phone is in standby. However, it tends to be a fairly battery intensive app due to the constant data recording.

Can anyone else suggest another app that runs in the background and would achieve this?

Latitude is a possibility, but Id prefer a more private solution 

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  Reply # 499662 30-Jul-2011 09:32 Send private message

What phone is it?



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  Reply # 499667 30-Jul-2011 10:00 Send private message

Motorola defy

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  Reply # 499685 30-Jul-2011 11:27 Send private message

GPS by itself will eat your battery - even without data. Have you got A-GPS turned on?



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  Reply # 499697 30-Jul-2011 12:27 Send private message

Yep, a-g is turned on. When I look at the battery / cpu time taken up by sports tracker in addition to gps. Its quite gps AND data intensive

Im really just after a lightweight app that polls gps every x minutes to keep it awake I think...I believe theres sufficient battery for the purpose

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  Reply # 499699 30-Jul-2011 12:29 Send private message

gpstest from the market?
or get "tasker" and tell it what to do...



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  Reply # 499701 30-Jul-2011 12:32 Send private message

That kind of thing I guess, but needs to stay running as a background app when screen is off/locked.

Ill have a read :)

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  Reply # 499703 30-Jul-2011 12:36 Send private message

I know "speedHUD" will run in the background but i'm not sure how much power it will use...
I'm still thinking "tasker" could turn you gps on every 5 secs or so....



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  Reply # 499826 30-Jul-2011 17:54 Send private message

Testing gpslogger - quite configurable for time / distance polling.
Its promoted as 'light weight' and keeps a good log of location. Ill have to see how the battery goes ....

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