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A Geocaching app for the Android platform produced by Geocaching.com was recently suggested to be in production. It was also suggested that there could be a first quarter release date.

 

Any official progress reports?

 

I hope I have included enough qualifiers. :lol:

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I'm interested too as well. I would like to see what they come up with.

 

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[This post has been removed by the moderating team. It is off topic, and discussed an unauthorized application. Do not discuss that application because it violates Groundspeak's Terms of Use Agreement and uses elements of Groundspeak's Trademark Geocaching logo and cache icons without permission. Thank you.]

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I have CacheMate, and have tried GeoBeagle. Both allow acquisition of minimal info (waypoint ID and co-ordinates) from the Geocaching website.

 

I am interested in details on an official (produced by Groundspeak) app, let's try to stay on-topic!

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I'm also looking forward to seeing an official android app from gc.com. At least I hope I can see it. Canada still does not have access to paid apps through Android Market. :laughing: Until then, CacheMate is my app of choice. I've tried GeoBeagle and GCDroid but still prefer CacheMate.

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The iPhone App is Fantastic, for looking up cache's logging field notes, etc. it was super convienient.

 

I used it to look up the cache's and then would input the coordinates into my Garmin(the iPhone 3G's GPS

wasn't all that accurate. don't know about the 3GS) and Even then is was the best app for geocaching.

 

GeoBeagle is much more accurate(at least with the GPS on my Moto DROID) but getting cache's on the fly

is cumbersome to be kind.

 

What we get in a geocaching.com app first and foremost is a wonderful way to look up all the cache's near

our current location, download them to our phones, view them all in a map, etc. without using a web browser

on a phone which even in the best circumstances is a zoom in and out excercise. I would hold the iPhone in one hand with the cache info, hints, logs, notes, etc. viewable my Garmin in the other locating the cache, then a quick field note instantly logged from the phone. Search up the next cache and enter it into the phone.

 

The iPhone totally eliminated my connecting my GPS to the computer or printing out any info from the website, etc. except for puzzle cache's. It has been the single biggest thing I've missed switching to The Motorolla DROID from iPhone.

 

I think it is a great move by geocaching.com...Verizon has the biggest subscriber base, and now finally have some decent phones available. You can get Moto DROID's for $110 and HTC Eris' for FREE with 2 yera contracts, so these should only increase in popularity drastically, as well as the Nexus 1, G1, etc.

 

With the Motorolla DROID's GPS, I may start keeping the Garmin in my pack as a back-up once this app comes out....

 

Can't wait will totally be worth the Money if it's at $9.99 like the iPhone APP, I'de pay $19.95 or $24.95 for it

without delay if it was available. ;)

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Groundspeak should build an API and let third parties develop the apps. A lot less work and the users will end up with a much better result.

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Groundspeak should build an API and let third parties develop the apps. A lot less work and the users will end up with a much better result.

That has been discussed enough elsewhere. Please don't take this topic off topic with that discussion yet again.

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The 'First Quarter' of 2010 is 2/3 past, and still no 'official' comment?

Not even 'it was harder than we thought'?

Android phones are flying off the shelves, you are missing out on an ever increasing revenue stream!

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There was something posted on the GoGeocaching Twitter Page back on February 5:

@thewoodman1972 #Android is a mobile operating system. There will soon be a #geocaching app for it

Groundspeak tweets on that page, so that word came from them. Sounds like they are workin' on it.

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Add me to the queue of anxious Android owners who would like to see an official app. I'm using most of the same apps mentioned: CacheMate, Geobeagle, etc - but will have to check out [removed].

 

To be truly of value, the app would need to support 'offline' capabilities, for times when you might be outside of coverage (especially for us poor G1 users - not quite as much an issue for Droid users on Verizon). I'm holding out for the Nexus One on Verizon...

 

Back to the matter at hand: If Groundspeak mentioned a proposed release date of Q1 for a native Android app - asking for a status at this date is reasonable. That being said, they don't really owe us any update until the end of March - but in the spirit of collaboration and transparancy, it would be nice to hear something.

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SnoWake,

 

1. This thread is asking about the official Groundspeak application for Android. Do not use it to discuss the unauthorized application that I removed from your post. Do not discuss that application elsewhere in the Groundspeak Forums, either. Thanks!

 

2. For your convenience, I've quoted a post made the other day by JoshLytle, who heads up Groundspeak's mobile development team. Updates are being provided via several channels. Please understand that the high level of interest means there's a number of separate threads. You may not see an official response in every one of them.

 

The app is starting to come together, and we're working on the finishing touches of version 1 now. Hopefully, you won't have to wait that much longer (although I don't completely control when it's gonna get released). :-)

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What's the latest on this?

 

My sister says she installed an official geocaching.com app on her Droid the other day. I was unaware it was ready.

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Groundspeak is wrapping up the internal testing of the official app, and they will contact an external beta test group soon.

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And I am in the external group and salivating mightily at the chance to help make it work break it.

Fixed :wub:

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And I am in the external group and salivating mightily at the chance to help make it work break it.

Fixed :smile:

 

Ha Ha! :P

Yes, indeed you are right, sir! :anibad:

If it's gonna break, I hope I am the one to find the weak spot! :lol:

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Dawson Leery says I need a Droid. Once the official app gets released, I may no longer be able to resist.

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I had a chance to check out my sister's Droid and the app she's got is definitely not a GS one.

 

Having used a friend's iPhone app I can't wait for the Android one. Like deercreekth, once it's out I will probably no longer be able to resist buying.

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Hmm, it was getting finishing touches at the end of Feb and yet here we are mid May and still nothing released. I'm getting a new Android phone next month. Which do you think will arrive first, the phone or the GS app?

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Come on Groundspeak, Is there any reason at all that we can't see a few screen shots of the new app?? I realize that it takes time to work out the bugs and all, but throw us a bone for a glimmer of hope.

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Come on Groundspeak, Is there any reason at all that we can't see a few screen shots of the new app??

Look at the screen shots of the iPhone app. They're disturbingly close to the Android app :)

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Hmm, it was getting finishing touches at the end of Feb and yet here we are mid May and still nothing released. I'm getting a new Android phone next month. Which do you think will arrive first, the phone or the GS app?

I'm in the same boat. I'll be getting a new phone in a few weeks and was encouraged to hear about the app months ago. But the more time that goes by without hearing anything at all makes me more discouraged.

 

I would much rather use an official GS app if possible.

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i've been looking at android based phones.. which one will the the one to get? my contract is up oct 21st.. i want to get the right one.. might be the droid.. any one know?

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i've been looking at android based phones.. which one will the the one to get? my contract is up oct 21st.. i want to get the right one.. might be the droid.. any one know?

The Droid Incredible is the one I'm going with. It has very fast performance and the HTC UI gets very positive reviews. By October there will be a number of other new models to pick from.

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Ditto for me.

 

My contract is up in less than a month and I am going with the Incredible. But 5 months is a lifetime in the cellphone world. There's no telling what might be coming out around October.

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As a gentle reminder, please reserve this thread for updates on the official Android app. (And be sure to follow the similar thread in the Geocaching for iPhone section of the forums.)

 

"What phone is best for geocaching?" would be a good subject to discuss in the GPS and Technology forum.

 

As for the Android app, it remains in active beta testing.

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As for the Android app, it remains in active beta testing.

 

Y cant we get access to the beta application, plenty of other product you can have the beta version and then receive updates as/when/if there are any nessacery bugs to fix.

 

you whould then have littery hundreds of more users testing

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As for the Android app, it remains in active beta testing.

 

Y cant we get access to the beta application, plenty of other product you can have the beta version and then receive updates as/when/if there are any nessacery bugs to fix.

 

you whould then have littery hundreds of more users testing

 

Possibly because the application to be a beta tester requires occasional punctuation?

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you whould then have littery hundreds of more users testing

I think there already is over a hundred users testing it.

 

I don't know if they're accepting more testers, but you could always send an email and ask.

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Earlier today Bryan posted this note to the Android discussion in the iPhone section. Reposting it here so those who don't visit the iPhone area can see it too.

 

I saw a demo of our Android Geocaching application yesterday. It is looking good but we still have some work to do in order to get it to the point where we are comfortable releasing it. Along with the 4.0 release of our iPhone application, it is currently the highest priority of our mobile dev team.

 

We currently have 104 geocachers on the tester mailing list, so we will not likely be adding more at this time.

 

We are as anxious as anyone to have this app released, but we won't release it until we feel that it is ready. I would estimate approximately 3-4 weeks for completion, but that is no guarantee.

 

Edited for typo.

Edited by Skippermark

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Thanks for reposting that here Skippermark. I never visit the iphone forum.

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Earlier today Bryan posted this note to the Android discussion in the iPhone section.

 

He posted an update today. Looks like we might have an app by the end of the month. :blink:

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He posted an update today. Looks like we might have an app by the end of the month. :ph34r:

Here's the new update.

 

Yesterday, we released a new beta version of our Android app to the testing group for evaluation.

 

We are working very hard to release the application to the public before the end of the month, in time for GeoWoodstock and in time for our July 4th Lost and Found Celebration, GC24GYW (you're all invited, btw).

 

As much as we would like to provide some guaranteed launch date, that is the best update I can provide for now.

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How do we get on some mailing list or something so that we can be notified when the app is released? BTW... how are we supposed to know which app is the one we can't talk about on the forum if it is never mentioned? Hmmm.... Dilemma.

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BTW... how are we supposed to know which app is the one we can't talk about on the forum if it is never mentioned?
AFAICS, you're supposed to post comments about the app in the Groundspeak forums and then notice that the moderators have removed the name of the app from your post, or you're supposed to find out about the app violating Groundspeak's TOU from some third party.

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How do we get on some mailing list or something so that we can be notified when the app is released? BTW... how are we supposed to know which app is the one we can't talk about on the forum if it is never mentioned? Hmmm.... Dilemma.

 

Your dilemma is quite easy to see; geo caching apps are abundant. The good news is the official one is just around the corner.

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