We just dropped a big Android release in time for Christmas. If you have Gaia installed on Android, you should get the notification, or you can download it from the Play Market.
I’m most happy to say that we’ve made the maps crisp and responsive. We found that previously, by overlaying the stat control on the map, we were having unintended side effects. That and a couple other optimizations, and now we think the maps are awesome, pretty much regardless of device specs or how many trails and waypoints you have overlaid.
Here is a picture of a roadrunner from Wikimedia Commons to illustrate the concept of speed:
But, wait, there’s more!
This release also now lets you take photos from within Gaia GPS, just like on iOS, which neatly sync along with your tracks to GaiaCloud. This may be the very first moment in our Android history that you can really get the full Gaia experience on the Android platform – the core trio of offline maps, tracking, and geo-tagged photos.
Indeed, there is even more. Here’s the full release notes for 5.1:
- • new stat control on bottom of map, which can display more stats, is easier to configure, and doesn’t slow down the map
- • turn on optional zoom controls in Settings
- • turn on tilt/rotate map gestures in Settings.
- • new way to delete lots of items at once, based on typical Android long press workflow
- • bug fixes based on what you report, Crittercism logs, and testing from the beta version
- • analyzed and optimized maps – super fast and touchy-feely
- • take geo-tagged photos, which get grouped with tracks you record
- • photos can be synced, shared, and backed up via GaiaCloud (activate in Settings)
I think all we’re missing now is a route-making/distance-measuring tool, like we have on iOS. That will be along in January, and then we’ll have to do some work on iOS to catch up with Android!
Big plans for both iOS and Android in the spring. Please let us know how you like the new Android app, and send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org