So how is this different than me using a Garmin inReach device. I believe it has a feature to send out location updates via satellite to a predetermined list.Glympse is live and continuous hands-free position sharing, as opposed to text sharing where u have to keep sending texts with your location. And Yes it needs some way to communicate, ie. data.
There is no device that can share information without some kind of way of transmitting and receiving data.
The difference is it's continuous versus the InReach which sends at intervals. That said, Glympse appears to be useless without cell service or wifi if what's being stated above is correct.So how is this different than me using a Garmin inReach device. I believe it has a feature to send out location updates via satellite to a predetermined list.
Smartphones don't. The problem with any of these features in an app is as soon as you lose cell coverage they do not work. Meaning if you really want a reliable safety net you need a device that can work without cell coverage.Thank you for the answer. It would be awesome if there was a way Gaia could add a “spot” like features to their platform at an additional cost of course. I just don’t know if the smartphone platform supports what is required to transmit back to satellites.
Doesn't have to be built in. There are some external solutions but to go further down that worm hole please post it in the ham section vs this Gaia GPS thread. I will say the portable solutions using a 5 watt radio do not work well. I have tried it.It's not "only a ham radio". U need one with aprs built in.
Yeah, anything would be an improvement. The main issue I have with it right now is with the messaging, or actually, the LACK of messaging about what the state actually is. "Download requested" "Download in progress" "3 hours remaining" "4 days remaining" "Download failed" "Download timed out". Literally anything is better than just continually showing me a "Download now" button and no status/progress after i've requested a download.Since most map downloads come directly from 3rd party servers it causes an issue with the speed of downloads. This topic has been discussed a number of times in the Gaia Community forums. What might be nice is a method to have a download request sent to a Gaia server. Then when complete the user would receive a notification and could download the packet from Gaia. No idea if that is possible though.
I recently discovered that the twirling wheel icon when a download is in process is clickable and brings up a useful Download Status window.Literally anything is better than just continually showing me a "Download now" button and no status/progress after i've requested a download