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I love Android’s GPS program!

Aug 15

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Monday, August 15, 2016 4:00 PM  RssIcon

I LOVE the Android GPS program, and I’m going to tell you why! Simply cause they let you do ONE simple thing. Can you see what it is?NexusWithGpsOn.S I bet you can’t?!

When I had my Microsoft Windows Phone, I had ONE major complaint with the 8.x and subsequent W10M phones. Many manufacturers decided it was in everyone’s BEST interest to put the USB plug on the bottom of the phone. AND on top of that, Microsoft decided NOT to allow for the phone to be rotated upside down. You could rotate the phone, 90, or 270 degrees, but NOT 180. What would happen if you turned it 180 (upside down), the program on screen would stay in the upside down orientation. Weird, but ok, I accepted it. Grudgingly, but I guess I just figure Microsoft knew best for me.

Buuuuut it always was a bit of a thorn in my side when I went to use the GPS. It’s just one of those things that finger flick your brain!

So what you ask? GREAT question!

When it comes time to plugging in your phone into your car for the power hungry GPS, you quickly see the problem. If you’re like me and don’t have a car stand for your phone, you place the phone in the car’s cup holder. And normally that’s a great place for it cause it creates a bit of an echo chamber for the already never loud enough GPS directions volume. But for Windows Phones, what that means is, a phone which is very top heavy cause the USB at the bottom makes the phone stick up too high, and usually sticks up and out of the cup holder. Also, the wire is pretty crimped at the bottom as it folds to come out of the cup holder. I always cringed a bit doing that.

Well, recently, I changed my phone for an Android Nexux 5X. I also recently went on a trip needing the GPS, and I wanted to plug in my phone (after all Android has a bad reputation for their GPS being power hungry right? AAAAHHHHH don’t be so quick to judge as I found out, but that’s for another blog).

NexusWithGpsOn

Well, I did what I always did, but this time, I didn’t have to auto-correct myself! The phone….more specifically the OS, Android and the GPS program, miraculously flipped the screen around, 180 and I was in business! I think it took me a few sets of lights before I realized what had NOT happened, and I was completely AMAZED, STUNNED AND QUITE OVER JOYED! No more crimping of the wires, no more getting upset at Microsoft\Google, everything just worked in unison. Brilliant!

So, now that I got that off my chest, it’s time to grab a coffee and get coding!

 

PS What about WP7 Peter? My Samsung Focus had the USB plug at the top, worked GREAT for me and GPS!

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