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Old 09-01-2011, 04:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everybody,

I am developing a blackberry application which uses GPS information. I am testing the app from Sri Lanka. The target device OS is 4.6.0 or later. The code written by me is working with the emulator. But once I installed it to the real Blackberry bold device it's not working. Earlier I got GPS timeout issue. Then I have added following code.

Criteria myCriteria = new Criteria();

myCriteria.setHorizontalAccuracy(Criteria.NO_REQUI REMENT);

myCriteria.setVerticalAccuracy(Criteria.NO_REQUIRE MENT);


myCriteria.setPreferredPowerConsumption(Criteria.P OWER_USAGE_LOW);

Then that error was solved. But the app didn't work. I got the out put of the exception. but that also null.

I have two questions here.

1. My blackberry bold 9000 device os is 4.6.0. Will GPS work with these configurations?
2. Since I am from Sri Lanka, Do I need to purchase a data plan?

I just need to get latitude, longitude, country, state, and city. If anyone has sample code for 4.6.0 OS it will be a great help for me.

Thank you so much.

Old 09-01-2011, 09:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Yes
2. No, not for autonomous mode (see below), but the 9000 GPS is not particulary sensitive (compared to modern chipsets). You do need to give it a clear, unobstructed view of the sky for long enough for it to lock onto the satelites for the first time. After that it may work inside (depending on the building structure), or when near a window.

The criteria you have specified though will put the device in assisted GPS mode which will need a plan and AGPS support from the carrier. Check the API documentation for Criteria and set it up to put the device in Automomous mode.
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