What's best/safest GPS for Froyo: VZW loc service, Standalone GPS or Google Location
My update to 2.2 went ok so far.
In looking at the the "Location" menu to turn on and off my GPS.... I now have 3 choices under "Location On Settings:"
1. VZW Location Services
2. Standalone GPS Services
3. Google Location Services
Does anyone know if one is better than another. I don't my phone collecting extra private information about me. What's the best one to choose if I want basic GPS services and don't want it collecting data on me.
Any thoughts ?
- 09-06-2010, 11:34 AM #2
First off it's good to add the GPS widget. By doing that go to a blank part of the screen and do a long hold and then select widget when the menu shows up. Then scroll down to power and then select the GPS widget. That way you can turn it on and off without going into settings.
That is the stand alone GPS in the widget. This GPS you would turn on for using Google Navigation and can help with apps like Weatherbug to determine where you are.
VZW location Services I don't turn on.
Google location services I turn on. This will know my location when I open up the browser or do a voice search. That way if you do a voice search by holding the microphone button down and say, "Starbucks," for example, it will find all the Starbucks nearest to your location. If you click the address to one of these starbucks and open up in Maps and then get navigation to take you there you turn on the Standalone GPS to take you there.
In other words, I leave the VZW off, I leave the Standalone GPS off until I'm using navigation or weatherbug, and I keep Google Location on.
The fact is if someone, such as the government wants to find information about where you've been via your cell phone they will find it anyway. Just like if you dial 911 it uses a different one to locate you.
Unless you're doing something illegal then keeping google location services on shouldn't be any issue at all.
- 09-06-2010, 11:43 AM #3
Great explanation, Logan !! thank you. Makes sense. So, i theory I could have both standalone GPS on for navigation and Google location services as well, correct ?
thanks, I am just paranoid... with such great technology comes the opportunity for our lives to be less private. I don't do anything weird or illegal. Maybe I read "brave new world" too many times.
- 09-06-2010, 11:49 AM #5
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- 09-06-2010, 11:52 AM #8
For example you can use google location service on an Ipod touch with NO Gps. Just by having the wifi turned on. It knows where you are.
The same as your computer. Your computer does not have GPS in it. But Google location knows where you are.
Generally I think it's mostly Triangulation with the towers. Just like if you have the GPS turned off then weatherbug still knows the city you're in to show you the weather. If you turn the GPS on you might get a more accurate reading of where you are.
If you use google maps with google location service it will show within so many meters of where you are. If you turn your GPS on and use it then it will show your exact location.
- 09-06-2010, 11:54 AM #9
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- 09-06-2010, 12:16 PM #14
Some people use it with other phones because their phones don't come with a GPS app for free like Android does. I used to use VZ navigator on BlackBerry and I liked it nowhere near as much as the free navigation provided by Google.
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- 10-10-2010, 09:59 AM #18
Plus I'm used to the wifi being on all the time on my iphone 4 since they don't have unlimited internet. And it's just sort of annoying going and clicking the widget every time I want to use data.
But GPS I am not sure of. But I don't have the need to turn it on much at all. So I leave it off and it's not as annoying clicking that widget to turn it on because it's very rarely when I use it. The only time I use it is with a weather app and Navigation. I have a regular GPS in my truck now so I'm usually using that anyway.
Although I will say, I have a nice Garmin GPS in my truck and I love it but I still sort of prefer Google Navigation. I use the Garmin most of the time because it's a big screen that's already placed in my window. But I like the looks of Google maps.
- 10-11-2010, 08:47 AM #19
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This simply allows for your phone to trianglulate and share its location with the network, which can provide it to apps on your phone.
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- 10-11-2010, 10:02 AM #20
I keep GPS off using the Android "Power control" widget.
When I need to use navigation or some service needing GPS, I can
simply turn on GPS with one click.
Another nice feature to the Android power control widget is it allows
simple one touch control of WiFi, Bluetooth , sync, GPS and screen brightness.
It's a great way to save battery life by shutting off unnecessary features.
- 10-11-2010, 10:21 AM #21
I use "Standalone GPS Services"
when ever I use google Navigation or any GPS type of mapping
I keep "Google Location Services" On (thats where google determines where you are, shows location right under the search bar).
PS: if you ever change your mind about google knowing where you are this can be turned off also ,
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- 10-25-2010, 08:04 AM #24
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One of the things I loved on the phone was havingt he navigation readily available and not having to set up the Garmin.
Anyone know a fix for this?