The perfect companion for your next outdoor adventure. Seek, find, record and return home with Handy GPS. This app is a real navigation tool designed for outdoors sports like hiking, bushwalking, mountain biking, kayaking and trail riding. Its ...Read more
The perfect companion for your next outdoor adventure. Seek, find, record and return home with Handy GPS.
This app is a real navigation tool designed for outdoors sports like hiking, bushwalking, mountain biking, kayaking and trail riding. Its simple to use and works even in the remotest back country since it doesn't need network connectivity. It allows you to work in UTM or lat/lon coordinates so you can use it with your paper topographic maps. Waypoints and track logs recorded in the field can be be viewed later in Google Earth.
NOTE: This free version is limited to storing only 3 waypoints, and 20 track log points. If you like this app, please install the paid version of "Handy GPS" to get an unlimited version with even more features. Thanks!
Base features: * Shows your current location in easting/northing (UTM) or in lat/lon. * Shows your speed, direction of travel, and total distance travelled in either metric or imperial/US units. * Can store your current location as a waypoint, and can store a track log to show where you've been. * Waypoints and track logs can be imported from and exported to Google Earth KML and GPX files. * Allows manual entry of waypoints in UTM or lat/lon coords. * Can guide you to a waypoint with the "Goto" screen using true or compass bearings. * Optional audible proximity alarm on goto page. * Has a magnetic compass page (on devices with mag sensors only). * Computes the local magnetic declination at startup using the IGRF-12 model, for use on the goto page. * Can display either a simple map of your current location and the stored waypoints, or a Google Map if a data connection is available. * Supports the world-wide WGS84 datum along with the Australian datums and map grids AGD66, AGD84, GDA94, AGD, GDA, AMG, and MGA. (You can also use WGS84 for NAD83 maps). * Shows satellite locations and signal strengths graphically. * Can display simple or MGRS grid refs. * Waypoint-to-waypoint distance and direction. * Has online help pages. * Thoroughly tested by the developer on bushwalks.
Extra features available only in the paid version: * A custom datum can be configured using ellipsoid and shift parameters. * An email or SMS containing a clickable link showing your location can be sent to a friend. * An elevation profile of your route can be shown. * Can average GPS locations over time to give a more accurate result. * Unlimited number of waypoints and track logs. (The free version is limited to 3 waypoints and 20 tracklog points) * Show sun rise and set times. * Turn on/off flashlight from within app.
Permissions required: (1) GPS - to determine your location, (2) Network access - for access to Google Map tiles, (3) SD card access - to load and store waypoints and tracklogs, (4) Camera access for taking pics (only available in full version), and (5) Prevent phone from sleeping so that proximity alarm works.
Disclaimer: You use this app at your own risk. The developer accepts no responsibility for you getting lost as a result of using this app. Batteries in mobile devices can go flat. An alternate power source is recommended for extended hikes.
Note that this app is also now available for iPhone and Windows Phone 8. Please see the respective app stores for details. A simplified version is also available for Android Wear smartwatches, called HandyGPSWear.
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UPDATED ON: Nov 23, 2015
INSTALLATIONS: 100,000 - 500,000
LATEST VERSION: 12.8
REQUIRED ANDROID VERSION: 4.0 and up
precise (GPS) location
Access precise location sources such as the Global Positioning System on the phone, where available. Malicious applications can use this to determine where you are, and may consume additional battery power.
modify/delete SD card contents
Allows an application to write to the SD card.
full Internet access
Allows an application to create network sockets.
Allows application to take pictures with the camera. This allows the application at any time to collect images the camera is seeing.