Originally Posted by barnakiel
OP's dreamed Android App to use CM93 chart does not exist and is not likely to happen.
If I sound whistling to you then that's that.
I was trying to share my experience with using OpenCPN
on a W8 tablet.
I am not continuing to press any preferences as I have none. Except perhaps that I like things to be the same way the OP likes them: low power
, inexpensive, simple.
I know there are many options. I am glad we have them and I am glad you are willing to share your experience too.
I bet there is enough room here for not two but many more experiences, opinions and attitudes.
I think it will happen quite soon. Certainly by sometime next year. I have my fingers crossed for sometime this year. SeaIQ is looking pretty good. I just installed it on my iphone
4S and it is using both CM93 and the NOAA ENC charts
. It is not a free app but it is fairly cheap
is $49 and SeaIQ is I think $9.99 or something like that for the FULL open version but you can try the full version for free. Only hitch is my iphone
was jailbroke on 5.1 and SeaIQ requires 6.0 or above. 6.0 has a jailbreak but it can no longer be installed on the 4S even if you have saved the 6.0 blobs. I had to "upgrade" (what a joke) to 7.0.3 and the jailbreak is still a work in progress. But I have two rooted androids, a Note III and a Tab2 7.0 so I can live without a jailbroke iphone for a while.
Anyway after an enforced upgrade of iTunes (which gives apple even more control over my computer, iphone and life!) I was able to do a full restore of 5.1 and then was able to install 7.0.3, and I installed SeaIQ Open without a hitch. Then I made two zip files, one with all of CM93 Jan 2011 and the other with all of the NOAA ENC charts
for US waters. With the Open version there is no capability to do an in-app download of the ENC charts. So anyway in iTunes I went to the Apps tab for my iphone and then the app file sharing section, and added the two zip files and synced. After the sync I unplugged my phone
and opened SeaIQ and went to charts and there they were. Eazy Sneezy. So I have very good and fairly up to date charts for U.S. waters and so-so charts of pretty much the entire world with some lack of large scale charts.
I just yesterday bought a NoteIII (T-Mobile branded) with all bands included tmobile's goofy 1700MHz band, and I immediately rooted and unlocked it. I happen to like the deal I get with T-Mobile but I am a seaman so I need to be able to pop a local SIM card in the device for phone
in other countries, that's the only reason I unlocked. Tmo will give you the unlock code under certain circumstances but those circumstances include keeping an account in good standing on that phone for a certain length of time, so I just paid a 3rd party for the unlock code. It is a simple matter of inserting a SIM from another carrier, in this case ATT, and entering the unlock code when prompted. The Root was a little more involved due to the screwy download sites where you sometimes have to go to get the tools. In this case the root package, (CF-Auto-Root-hltetmo-hltetmo-smn900t.zip)
and an app called Odin. Oh, and Kies and the latest Samsung USB drivers. You have to get the file for your particular Samsung model and follow the directions exactly. The 4.2 version of the OS hides the developer options in the droid settings and I had to go online to find out how to expose USB Debugging option. (Click on the Build Number 7 times) and then I put the phone in download mode (Volume Lower, Home, and Power buttons pressed and held simultaneously) and plugged the phone in and ran Odin, and pointed it to the Auto Root file. Simple Pimple. Rooting really isn't hard but you do have to go through the directions over and over a few times and make sure you understand them perfectly. You need to do a trial run or two all the way up to the moment of no return to make sure you understand.
Obviously there is no need to jailbreak the iphone to run SeaIQ and even load CM93 charts. I am thinking that the droid port of the app will likewise be capbable of full functionality without rooting, if you don't want to root your droid. Personally having rooted 4 Samsung droids so far including the brand new SM-900T version of the Note 3, I don't understand why anybody would NOT root their droid.
So there you have it. SeaIQ is cheap
and runs on iphones with iOS 6 or above, even without jailbreak, and it can utilize both the onboard GPS
and also CM93 synced to the phone with iTunes. And they are working on an Android port, and you can register to be the first kid on your block to get it when it is out. And I, for one, am looking forward to it.