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Topic - Tesco Hudl - a GPS/GLONASS receiver

captain paranoia - on 31 Jan 2014
When I first got the Hudl, I played with the GPS receiver, and was impressed by the number of satellites it managed to see (14 or 15). I put that down to having a receiver chipset with more than the 12 channels available in the SiRFStar-III equipped PDA I've had for a few years. Even then, I was a bit surprised that 15 GPS satellites were actually visible (given the size of the constellation and the sky view from any point on the Earth).

The other day, I played with the GPS Status app, and spotted that it was reporting Satellite Vehicle IDs (SVIDs) greater than 32. I guessed that it must be picking up GLONASS, and, reading the GPS Status user manual, that is indeed what it means for SVIDs between 65 and 92.

http://mobiwia.com/gpsstatus/userguide

I'm aware that GNSS chipsets have been including multiple systems for a while now, but it was a nice surprise to find that the cheapo Hudl has a GPS/GLONASS GNSS receiver.

Combined with OruxMaps or Locus, and GPS Status, it makes quite a nice navigation tablet. I just need to find out how to keep it dry, and conserve the battery life...

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.orux.oruxmaps&hl=en_GB
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=menion.android.locus&hl=en_GB
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eclipsim.gpsstatus2&hl=en_GB
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