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Welcome spring season with improved GPS location in the new Locus Map 3.30

15.3.2018 Locus team Blog

As the main hiking and biking season is coming closer and closer we’ve been working hard on some improvements in Locus so you can enjoy it even better.

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The greatest feat we’ve made in this new version is a major improvement of handling GPS data sent to Locus by your mobile device and also behavior of Android operation system towards Locus running in the background.

Quicker GPS fix, more accurate location

A few weeks ago we wrote about issues with GPS data and tackling their inaccuracy by Locus track editing tools. Last month we’ve been working on better handling the data by the app itself. And the result is great, accuracy and stability is better by at least 20%! Compare skyplots of previous version and the newest version shot from the same place:

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And check the recording accuracy on Menion’s favorite running track:

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No more killing Locus track recording

Especially one particular issue worried us and many of our users – modern Android systems are still more and more aggressive regarding battery optimization. This resulted in killing Locus process or the GPS unit when running in the background and interrupted track recording or navigation. Each device has its own way how to exclude Locus from this optimization but in many cases no measure, no procedure was enough to prevent Locus from being killed by the system. Fortunately, we’ve finally found a way how to maintain Locus smooth running in background and here’s the result of the latest user testing on a Huawei phone (one of the most aggressive ones) – no killing Locus or track recording of 23 hours!

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New additional icons for your activities

One of the main Locus advantages is its versatility. Hikers, bikers, runners, all of them use Locus for their activities, training, workouts. And what about inline skaters, scooter riders or paragliders? Many of them asked us to add icons of their beloved sports so that they could personalize their track folders and recording profiles. And so we did:

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Outdoor map navigation available also in Turkish!

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Thanks to all Turkish translators who participated in our crowdsourced translation project! Locus Map is now available in 26 languages.

Enjoy your early spring hikes and bike rides with new Locus!

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  • Spartaner

    Since Android N (Android 7.1?) it shall be possible to access raw GNSS measurements from smartphones. With raw GNSS data you can derive very precise positioning information from a smartphone (https://goo.gl/gYXTFf). Does Locus 3.30 already use this new option?

    • Locus team

      Hi, Locus Map does not use this technology. It’s suitable rather for some post-processing appliances, not for a hike-bike app.

  • Eddie Teo

    The new additional icons mentioned in your post, i.e. Losuc (Tracks) are in fact not available in the app. There are only two sets, i.e. Locus (Points) and Garmin in the “Select Icon” screen.

    • Locus team

      The icon enrichment considers Locus activities, tracks, routes – not points. When you create new or edit an existing track/route folder, there is no Locus (points) set, just Locus (tracks) – and this one is enlarged and there are many new icons added.

  • C Nunn

    New version (3.30.0) rounds miles on navigation distance and top left info panel (set to “track recording”) to the nearest mile rather than nearest 0.1 miles as previous. This is not good at all, especially for use in hiking. Any way to get the distance shown again to the nearest tenth of a mile? Or to revert to the previous version?

    • Locus team

      Hi, we’re not sure if we understand. Please contact us at help.locusmap.eu and add screenshot of your issue. Thank you.

  • Helmut Mahrt

    Leider sind die zusätzlichen Symbole / Icons in der Aktualisierung nicht enthalten!

  • peter

    Vyskusane na samsung galaxy s7 a stale nefunguje, mam gps poziciu, dam zaznam trasy, vypnem display a nic sa nezaznamena. Pomaha len kompletne vypnutie samsung setrenia, co nie je optimalne.

  • Michal

    A čo tak pridať kočíkovanie ku športom?

    • Locus team

      Kočárkování není mezi aktivitami, ale ikonu kočárku najdete v symbolech pro označení složky tras.

  • No more killing Locus track recording

    That sounds very very good. This is the only point, where i sometimes frustrated with LOCUS. It happen not often at my LG G4, but sometimes. I will try and hope, this case is gone forever :)