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Old 15-05-2016, 16:28   #16
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Re: Android 5-Lollipop versus Win10 tablets?

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Okay, now I'm really confused. When I went to OpenCPN to download the latest version for my Win7 I looked around. You're saying OpenCPN works with android and I'm not seeing anything labeled Android 5.1, Marshmallow, KitKat -- nothing. What am I missing and what specifically do I need to know first?

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As Petter mentioned above, Android programs (often called applications, or in short Apps, here) are downloaded from Google Play. Google Play is where you find applications, movies, books, games and whatever one likes for Android.

On our tablet, there is a special icon which is named "Play" and when we tap it, Google Play pops up. There I type the name of the thing I want and I am sent to the right thing. There I click download and the application downloads to my tablet and gets installed. When done, I get a new icon on the home screen of the tablet and so I tap this one and see what happens. 9/10 I get what I want.

So, basically:

- start your tablet,
- connect to the Internet,
- tap the Google Play icon,
- type OpenCPN,
- tap the application you want,
- let it download and it installs by default,
- when done, go to your home screen, tap the new icon of the App,

This should work even if you may modify your steps somewhat to match your specific tablet.

Try some other search words when you are on Google Play. Try 'navigation', 'plotter', 'gps', 'ais' and other such words. They bring up interesting programs that you may like to play with or test.

BTW I can see two apps named OpenCPN on Google Play. The one I am using on our tablet is the one by Dave Register. I do not know what the other one is.

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Old 16-05-2016, 05:40   #17
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Re: Android 5-Lollipop versus Win10 tablets?

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So if you..... don't need (at this stage) radar overlays AIS etc etc then Android platform is fine but otherwise Windows.

All above is IMHO so YMMV

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I am confused, I thought the android version supported displaying AIS? Is there a listing somewhere of Android OpenCPN app plug-ins?

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Old 16-05-2016, 06:45   #18
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I am confused, I thought the android version supported displaying AIS? Is there a listing somewhere of Android OpenCPN app plug-ins?

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You do not need a plug-in.

OpenCPN displays AIS natively and does it best in its class.


Also plenty of other Android software does - I regularly use NV Charts, which shows AIS targets. I also play with other nav Apps and many of them display AIS. There are also AIS specific Apps on Play.

No problem at all.

One thing that puzzles me is why Furuno wireless radar App is available on Apple tablets but not on Android ones?

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Thanks.

Tired of being "cored" by Apple so looking at options.


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Re: Android 5-Lollipop versus Win10 tablets?

Please continue this discussion on the main Android Opencpn forum so that other andriod users will benefit. We request others to refrain from answering here, but please do help on the Android O forum! Thank you. It will make finding your important contributions and help easier for everyone.
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Old 20-05-2016, 00:30   #21
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Hi Eventide,
As others have commented, it makes sense to purchase a Tablet with the GPS built in, no loose wires. Also an in-built compass I find useful.

I always think it is a wise investment to buy a tough rubber case for the tablet as they get dropped in wet hands.

I use an older Andriod tablet and it works very well, you do not need an expensive tablet to display charts. But it does need an external microSD card to store the charts.

I notice you live in sunny Florida so you can also download the Navionics boating App (Android) along with the US charts and all for FREE!

No problem having both system on your tablet.
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Hi Eventide,
As others have commented, it makes sense to purchase a Tablet with the GPS built in, no loose wires. Also an in-built compass I find useful.

I always think it is a wise investment to buy a tough rubber case for the tablet as they get dropped in wet hands.

I use an older Andriod tablet and it works very well, you do not need an expensive tablet to display charts. But it does need an external microSD card to store the charts.

I notice you live in sunny Florida so you can also download the Navionics boating App (Android) along with the US charts and all for FREE!

No problem having both system on your tablet.
Opencpn is open source and free - from the chartdownloader in opencpn you can download and also keep up to date all US charts ( and also lots of other areas) for free- Just a few click and the charts is installed and ready to go.
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Please continue this discussion on the main Android Opencpn forum so that other andriod users will benefit. We request others to refrain from answering here, but please do help on the Android O forum! Thank you. It will make finding your important contributions and help easier for everyone.
http://bigdumboat.com/aocpn/forum/
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Please continue this discussion on the main Android Opencpn forum so that other andriod users will benefit. We request others to refrain from answering here, but please do help on the Android O forum! Thank you. It will make finding your important contributions and help easier for everyone.
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Why? Personally, I find the discussion interesting and useful, but I have no desire to join and read another forum.
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The reason is given above. It puts your important andriod information and contribuions in one place for other users reference.
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The reason is given above. It puts your important andriod information and contribuions in one place for other users reference.
But, as the thread title implies, the discussion is useful for people who have not made the decision to go with an Android tablet, and so it is of more general interest.
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Why? Personally, I find the discussion interesting and useful, but I have no desire to join and read another forum.

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But, as the thread title implies, the discussion is useful for people who have not made the decision to go with an Android tablet, and so it is of more general interest.
Agree. I use OpenCPN, have an Android tablet but have not looked at the other forum. If I do go for the Android app I guess I will probably have to go there .... not sure why it's separate.
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The topic does straddle two forums. Let's not let it get lopsided, and be sure to post Android specific to the other forum, and keep this just for comparison comments.
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Thanks again, guys, for all your help. Really appreciated. This forum is the best. M.
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