Locus Pro with Google Android Auto?

Bernd Attlfellner shared this question 2 years ago
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Works Locus Pro with Android Auto or is just Google Maps possible

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This would be very good indeed, or even MirrorLink?

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Dear Peter.

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately, so far we have no experience with Android Auto. In case you have a possibility to try Locus in Android Auto, please, try it. We will be happy for your feedback.

In case of other questions, please contact me.


Kind regards

Hana

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Android Auto requires the app to be supported, so far a very short list in the Play store but growing. Don't know how you would get Locus supported.....

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I hope Locus will some day provide Android Auto compatibility. It would be awesome!

If needed, I can test with my car and provide screencasts, but initial implementation from Locus must be done.

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I would also be able to help test. Waze & Google maps work well with Android Auto, the usefulness of Locus is reduced by its lack of AA support (my phone isn't even visible when driving).

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I have some limited functionality with Locus Pro and Android Auto. Sort of...

If I start Locus (as a service) before plugging my phone into the car's USB, I can still get back to Locus after AA fires up and takes over the phone screen.

So when I want to drive to a waypoint I just select it in Locus as I have always done. Select Navigation Apps and then Google Maps. This is pretty much how I normally do driving directions with Locus. With AA running, the phone shows a very short message that it can't display Maps while AA is running. But it passes the location to AA and AA starts navigating to my waypoint on the big car screen.

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Select Navigation Apps and then Google Maps
I can't see what I'm typing but hopefully you can explain the Googlke Maps bit...

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Must Google not give permission to LocusMap to work this out? This is the issue for Sygic too,

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Hello,

I found this site which explains the rules to follow and the method to distribute the Locus application in Android-Auto. Follow this link : https://developer.android.com/distribute/best-practices/launch/distribute-cars#top_of_page

Maybe it will bring water to the mill !?

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There are some tools available to use almost all apps with Android Auto.

You can find more info here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/android-auto/android-auto-general/mirror-screen-android-auto-disucssion-t3734180

It's working find with most phones and cars, but requires a rooted phone

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I hadn't heard of "AA STREAM" but apart from needing a rooted phone it's trivial to set up, hopefully, I won't have any issues longer-term but initial testing was great.

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Personally I am using AA-Mirror since it came out, and it's working great for me.

Once in a while Google is making life a little difficult, but until now all issues and restrictions haven been overcome.


Glad, I was able to help!

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Hello guys,

I'm monitoring news around the Android Auto system, but when we think what to do next, we still give priority to features related to hike&bike. So sorry, there is still (late 2019) very low priority for this system. Thanks for understanding.

Menion

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Hello Guys,

I have been using Locus Map for the last 3 years offroading. I have almost purchased and tried all the offroad maps apps on playstore and the only one I use is Locus map pro. We do offroad driving and not trekking, we use APRS to locate each other which Locus support. So far I know more than 100 people purchased your product. New cars come with Android Auto builtin. If you provide android auto support, Locus Map would be I think the only offroad map product on playstore. The users will stop buying tab to have it installed in their cars to use. Just suggestion if you may consider adding this feature ASAP

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I agree that Android Auto support would be awesome. Locus Map is, by far, the best out there, I'm at a bit of a loss to understand why you'd choose to deliberately turn away such a huge potential customer base. Frankly, I don't use Locus much any more as most of the use I need is in the car; I've had to turn to inferior apps.

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Hello Dirk,

thank you for your compliment about Locus Map, appreciate it!

The problem with many very interesting features is, that they are too far away from the main purpose of this app we try to create. We try to be environmental friendly a help people to discover the beauty of nature and not to primary sit in the car :).

Well, and more important reason is that we are a too tiny team, that such a feature is simply not in our powers.

In case, you have no other usage for Locus Map than a car, then I believe you will find a lot better app for this use-case. Enjoy your trips!

Menion

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Hi Menion, I fully understand your answer, however... (there's always a however), I do use Locus maps with my car to ride some trails up to the point where I park and keep walking or biking with my child, fully respecting nature and your view. As long as you considered the market, its your decission and so far its a great product, but please take into account when deciding that A)People tend to be lazy and many will resort to google maps or other products if they can start with those apps right from home, and B)With new adventure motorbikes supporting android or carplay I personally think there is an important market of thousands of Garmin users (I used a garmin before switching to locus). Kind regards, David

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Hi Menion, I use Locus in the car for advanture driving and enjoy the landscapes from mountains, deserts to beaches. As we all have either Google maps or car navigation, but I always have my tab with Locus map to enjoy satellite maps and create my tracks and have more control on journey. It would be more safer to focus on one screen instead two screens while driving. And having Locus run on Android Auto will certainly make my life much easier. If it is implemented, I am sure you will have more usages for security and military purposes.

Regards

Alzadjali

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