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Old 09-24-2011, 06:23 PM   #1
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I am looking at getting an Android device and was wondering if there are any navigation programs that would work on these? It would be nice to just plug my phone into a larger display and use it as a chartplotter. I suppose I should also ask if there are any GPS antennas that plug into the micro USB ports these phones use for charging and data transfer?
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I am looking at getting an Android device and was wondering if there are any navigation programs that would work on these? It would be nice to just plug my phone into a larger display and use it as a chartplotter. I suppose I should also ask if there are any GPS antennas that plug into the micro USB ports these phones use for charging and data transfer?
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My only experience is with a different OS: MAEMO Mapper is used on the Nokia N810 (out of production) and N900. Maemo is the OS (not android) and MAEMO Mapper is the mapping and chart plotting program. Both those Nokia devices have built in GPS. I'd be almost certain that there are similar chart programs for the Android OS. Its a great little back-up nav aid to have a cel phone help you out like that.
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Yes, there are several android navigation apps:

http://www.androidzoom.com/android_a...lite_lvmr.html

http://www.androidzoom.com/android_a...lite_yfvh.html

http://www.androidzoom.com/android_a...s-hd_kurm.html

Also check the android market for navionics. It's not cheap but it's there.

The limiting factor you're going to have is integration with the rest of the on-board electronics. e.g. the GPS (although the android platform includes an inbuilt GPS, onboard ones are usually more accurate), wind/depth/speed instruments, etc. Very few android devices even have a USB port for data input and none have a serial port with which you could bring in NMEA data. You're not going to get the same sort of functionality with an android tablet or phone as you will with a laptop or chartplotter. It's OK for checking rough location up in the cockpit, though, especially with the free NOAA charts if you are cruising in an area covered by those.
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