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  • Suggestion. NMEA GPS support via Bluetooth

    The Earthmate (android) app works, but it's very limited and the maps are too poor.


    I do trekking for many years.

    I've been using the OziExplorer app since 2008, with my maps (very detailed).

    The Android smartpone is paired with an external Bluetooth GPS (Qstarz BT-Q1000X) that attaches to the backpack, in the best position in view of the sky.

    This is a great configuration for me. Tested over the years.



    Now I bought inReach Mini, thinking of being able to use it as an external GPS.

    But it does not work.

    When I connect inReach Mini to Android, I get the error:

    Connection error. Read failed. Sock might closed or timeout. RET: -1



    I suggest to Garmin to implement in InReach Mini, the GPS NMEA function, via bluetooth.

    Thank you

  • #2
    Maybe you should try an iPhone. With iOS the inReach is treated as an external GPS by location services and is therefore available as a GPS source to any app on the iPhone. This is not true on Android devices.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bob.Shelley View Post
      Maybe you should try an iPhone. With iOS the inReach is treated as an external GPS by location services and is therefore available as a GPS source to any app on the iPhone. This is not true on Android devices.
      Wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy a full function stand alone GPS than to downgrade the phone to an iPhone?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jpferguson View Post

        Wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy a full function stand alone GPS than to downgrade the phone to an iPhone?
        I think what he's trying to say is that it actually works on iOS.

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