Bluetooth GPS for Samsung Galaxy

Submitted: Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 10:43
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G'day all

A search only revealed old threads. I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab S which I would like to link with an external Bluetooth GPS receiver.

So far all I have found are dry gullies and dead ends. Anyone been there done that, who could point me in the right direction? So far all I've found are Apple and Windows answers which obviously don't suit my needs.
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:21

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:21
I'm curious as to why you don't want to use the built-in gps?
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:34

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:34
2 reasons ...

1. I'm sure I've read that it uses mobile network which is useless in the bush.

2. I'm not going to mount it on the dash so it won't "see" the sky.
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Follow Up By: Member - wicket - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:57

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:57
the gps doesn't need the network to operate. gps is the usa version and glossnas (spelling) is the russian version and the tabS uses both.
i have my gps unit under the dash, so it doesn't see the sky and still works as intended.
i'd say , put the tabS to the test before you worry about an external gps .
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:59

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:59
They have a built in GPS so where needed it may use the GSM until it locks on to the satellite. My Galaxy does not need to see the sky to get a GPS signal - works fine just about anywhere except underground.

My phone is never on the dash and has no issues - most GPS these days have no issue receiving GPS signals through a tin roof.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 23:16

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 at 23:16
My Galaxy Note tablet doesn't even have 3 or 4g, just wifi. It has no problem picking up the satelites from inside the car. You do realise you need maps on the device for it to work? Otherwise you have a cursor moving on a blank screen.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 10:17

Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 10:17
That'll probably suit me as I rarely know where I'm going.

Thanks for the various responses. I have found one (Dual XGPS150A Bluetooth GPS Receiver) however it would appear it may not be entirely necessary, other than to prolong battery life and improve satellite pickup speed and possibly accuracy.

Now to source a Ram Mount.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 10:42

Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 10:42
How accurate do you want it Mine can tell whether I am on my patio or in the lounge. Surely that is enough.

You are making it harder than it actually is.

Wont alter battery life as it will be talking to the bluetooth device instead of the satellite
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Follow Up By: TomH - Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 10:49

Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 10:49
Have just tried my Galaxy Ace with a BT338 GPS and with data turned off it will pair but doesnt seem to use the GPS Dont know if the better phones will work but it seems mine wont.

Have used the BT338 with a laptop mapping system and with a Nikon D 200 and it worked Ok so isnt that
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Follow Up By: Neil J2 - Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 12:49

Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 12:49
I use my Galaxy 10.1 2014 edition with its onboard gps in the Outback where i have no telstra signal. Running Oziexplorer i get better than 3 metre accuracy.
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Reply By: Member - graeme W (WA) - Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 21:42

Saturday, Aug 01, 2015 at 21:42
Hi Rosco. Just put the ozi software on the tab then the maps on the sd card and use the device.
Cheers Graeme.
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