ExtGPS Future improvements 
01 October 2007, 16:34 - ExtGPS
Posted by Administrator
Beta version of ExtGPS is now publicly available. I'm collecting more features for upcoming versions, feel free to post your suggestions here.

Currently under planning/evaluation:

- Satellite information
- Dummy NMEA data while obtaining satellite fix
- USB connectivity

Not very likely to be implemented: (please comment on these)

- GPSd support (via WLAN)
- Native S60 version (not very likely unless there's some very important feature we miss with MIDP, as applications using Location capability need to be Symbian Signed, which is major headache)

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ExtGPS v0.3 
25 September 2007, 23:57 - ExtGPS
Posted by Administrator
New ExtGPS version is available. Symarctic ExtGPS allows you to share phone's built-in GPS module to laptop via Bluetooth. It is mainly targeted for Nokia N95, E90, 6110 Navigator handsets, allowing you to use existing, more sophisticated GIS applications. Free for personal, non-commercial use.

Download ExtGPS

Changes in version 0.3:

- UI is now presented as list
- Red/green icons(!)
- Improved help text
- Denied permissions are handled gracefully
- JSR 179 positioning criteria for course/speed, used to filter out unwanted positioning methods, like network based ones. Unfortunately, this also affects to positioning simulator, but I suppose it doesn't really hurt since the one that came with S60 3rd FP1 MIDP SDK has already expired in 2006...

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HOWTO: Connecting ExtGPS to Microsoft Windows Vista 
20 September 2007, 19:48 - ExtGPS
Posted by Administrator
Before you can use ExtGPS in your Windows applications, you need to connect it using a Bluetooth serial port. Here are the instructions for Windows Vista, using the built-in Bluetooth stack. In Windows XP (or 2000), the process is similar, but depends on the Bluetooth stack your system is using.

First, you need to make sure you have Bluetooth enabled on your S60 phone, start ExtGPS and accept both security dialogs (for positioning and Bluetooth connectivity).

Now, open Bluetooth devices from Vista's Control Panel. Click Add to add your phone, if it's not already visible. Here's my S60 phone, already paired:

Then chances are you already paired the device before (as I did) so we need to make sure ExtGPS service is used. Open properties and check services tab: Serial port (SPP) 'Symarctic ExtGPS' should be checked.

After clicking Ok, COM Ports tab should show the port used:

(By default, Vista also creates incoming serial port (in case the device itself creates connection). As ExtGPS does not make connections by itself, you can delete that port.)

The GPS connection is now ready to be used. Depending on your GPS software, you might need to know that COMx number, though modern applications also show the port names.

Connecting GPS software to now configured serial port should start positioning on the S60 device.

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HOWTO: Connecting ExtGPS to Mac OS X 
19 September 2007, 22:32 - ExtGPS
Posted by Administrator
First, you make sure you have Bluetooth enabled on your S60 phone, start ExtGPS and accept both security dialogs (for positioning and Bluetooth connectivity).

Now, open Bluetooth devices from System Preferences. If you have not yet connected your phone to OSX, go through Set Up New Device wizard first.

Next, open Devices tab, you should see Symarctic ExtGPS in the Device Services list:

Click on Edit Serial Port to create new OS X serial port connecting to ExtGPS application.

After clicking Apply button, the setup is complete. Just start your GPS application and select Symarctic ExtGPS serial port.

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