[amsat-bb] Re: Android Sat Apps

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Tue Dec 18 07:31:50 PST 2012

Hi Clint!

> What apps for the Android platform are you pleased with?
> Satellite prediction, compass,
> anything satellite-related that comes to mind.

I'm a recent convert to Android, buying a Nexus 4 mobile phone
and a Nexus 7 tablet in the past month or so.  For satellite pass
predictions, I use HamSatDroid.  It has worked well on both
devices.  I don't have a compass on either, since I have a
compass in my radio bag.  I have installed the "GPS Status" app
to see location and other GPS-related data.  The Nexus 7 tablet
works only with the US GPS system, where the Nexus 4 phone
works with both GPS and the Russian GLONASS systems.  I can
use the GPS Status app in both devices without an Internet
connection, and it does not take long to get a lock on the signals
and start displaying location data.  The Nexus 4 takes less time
to acquire the signals to calculate my location, with access to two
different navigation systems, compared to the Nexus 7 tablet.

So far, these are the only apps I have installed specific to my
satellite operating.  Both are free apps from the Google Play
store.  I still use a Sony digital audio recorder, instead of an
app on either of these devices to record the audio from passes
I work.  The Nexus 4's camera will record 720p or 1080p video,
and I might make use of that in the future.  I still have an iPod,
and now plan to have the iPod and these new Nexus devices
with me for hamfest demonstrations, to show off examples of
apps in either environment.



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