GPS Map / GPS Map Pro

GPS Map / GPS Map Pro Introduction

GPS Map is a free app that allows you to create, view, import and export locations on a map powered by Google Maps on Android devices. It allows using almost any image from your Camera, Gallery, or file browsing app including it's location to create a Marker for a Placemark on the map. GPS Map integrates with Google Latitude, Google Navigation, Google Search, Google Street View, email, and file browsing apps.  GPS Map Pro offers all the features of GPS Map with no advertising and the ability to import locations from many different formats.

The primary activities used within the app are called Main MapMy Place, Tracks, Placemarks, Markers, Images and Search. From the Main Map activity, use the Menu button to access these activities. For a brief summary of the app's goals, please read the Purpose page. There are more activities accessible from the Main Map activity by using Menu button, More.

The Main Map is scrolled with swipes or flings across the map area. The Zoom Bar at the top of the screen, the zoom buttons that pop up over the bottom of the screen, and pinches with your fingers can all be used to zoom the map. For the details of all the screen elements, please see the Main Map page.

Marking your location is easy to do using Menu, My Place, or long pressing the My Location icon. Searching for a location is also easy. Pressing the search button on the device, or using Menu, More, Search will start the Search activity that allows searching for a location by it's address, landmark name, or latitude, longitude. 

Placemarks define a point on the map by it's latitude, longitude, and altitude. A Placemark also includes a title, description, date and time as text information. A Marker is associated with a Placemark, and determines which Image will be displayed on the map at that location.

There are sixteen Images and Markers included in a new installation of the app. An image file can be imported to create an Image object and a Marker based upon that Image. Multiple Markers can use the same Image. If an image file contains GPS information in its EXIF data, then it can be imported to create an Image, a Marker, and a Placemark!

Markers are used to organize groups of Placemarks. When importing Placemarks from a GPSMap, Garmin, Tom-Tom, ASCII, GPX, or KML file, a new Marker is created for the chosen Image. This Marker can then be used to toggle the display of the group of placemarks, delete the group, or determine whether the group will be exported.

Tracks and Routes represent paths from one point to another on the map, and are drawn as colored lines over the map. Tracks include information about where the user was located over a period of time that is collected by a background service, and can be displayed in real-time over the map. Tracks can be displayed later in color of the user's choosing or according to how fast the user was moving at the time the Track was recorded.  Tracks can be exported in KML format to a file, or sent as an email attachment. Google Earth is an awesome tool for viewing your exported Tracks!

Routes are paths from your current location, or possibly your Mock location to a Placemark on the map. Any Placemark can be used as a Mock location, but the Mock location feature must first be enabled on your device. Currently, Routes can be saved and displayed over the map. In the future, Routes will be able to be exported. Hopefully soon, the ability to import Tracks and Routes will also be added. 

GPS Map requires a data connection to be able to provide updated views of the map, as Google does not allow caching of map tiles.  However, it can be used without data to be able to track your location, or mark your location. To a limited extent, GPS Map can be used without GPS enabled.

Main Map