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Old 05-13-2015, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Cape Coma Florida
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I work as a driver, and have been using my iPhone for GPS, but recently I got a tablet, Android, that has a much bigger screen and would be much nicer for GPS, if it would work. I installed Waze on it, but found it doesn't work at all without an internet connection, which makes it useless as a GPS for my purposes.

I'm not sure how GPS actually works between the device and the satellites, but it would seem that my phone does it over the cellular network, instead of having some chip in it that talks to the satellites, which is what I had assumed it was doing, and I was hoping that my tablet could do that too, but I guess that's not what it's doing at all. No GPS chip in there I guess.

It's now seeming to me that my tablet can't do GPS on the road for me because it's not a phone, so I can't use it for GPS, which is disappointing. Is that really the case, or is there a way to get my tablet to do GPS like my phone does?
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Your phone does have a GPS chip. This pinpoints your location.
Your phone uses your data connection to download the map as you need it. It also uses it to update traffic conditions.
Your tablet has a GPS chip.


Google Maps will allow you to download maps offline...but I know you're not real happy with all those Google apps on your tablet. Maps is one you should keep, though.

https://support.google.com/gmm/answer/3273567?hl=en

BTW, Google owns Waze.
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Cape Coma Florida
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Your phone does have a GPS chip. This pinpoints your location.
Your phone uses your data connection to download the map as you need it. It also uses it to update traffic conditions.
Your tablet has a GPS chip.


Google Maps will allow you to download maps offline...but I know you're not real happy with all those Google apps on your tablet. Maps is one you should keep, though.

https://support.google.com/gmm/answer/3273567?hl=en

BTW, Google owns Waze.
Okay, so why won't Waze on my tablet do GPS on the road? Is there something I need to turn on?

As for all the Google apps I want to get rid of I have no use for them or any interest in them. They don't do anything useful for me, and I'd rather have the storage space and system resources for other things. If something Google makes is useful for me I'm quite happy to use it, but I really don't care for all the useless junk apps they have permanently installed on my new tablet.
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Okay, so why won't Waze on my tablet do GPS on the road? Is there something I need to turn on?

As for all the Google apps I want to get rid of I have no use for them or any interest in them. They don't do anything useful for me, and I'd rather have the storage space and system resources for other things. If something Google makes is useful for me I'm quite happy to use it, but I really don't care for all the useless junk apps they have permanently installed on my new tablet.
Waze only works if you have an internet connection. You might be able to connect the tablet to the hotspot from your phone (if your plan includes this feature), but it will use Phone Data.

I have CoPilot for when I have no signal, or need offline maps. But the map downloads are quite large, and there's no traffic data (live traffic data will require an internet connection).

As for the pre-loaded junk apps, most of them were installed by Acer.
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:50 PM
 
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Here Maps is another great free Android app for offline maps. Similar to CoPilot, the negative is that you have to have an Internet connection for traffic data.
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