Obtaining Location in Android Apps
Nearly all mobile devices offer location awareness (i.e. we can tell the current location of a device) and the custom-made Android apps which our Android app development team code for you can utilise this data to say stamp the longitude, latitude and time on photos taken via the app as well as passing this data back to your server-based systems so management can monitor the location of staff out in the field. The device obtains this location data via either WiFi, GPS (Global Positioning System) or mobile phone networks but will use the most accurate one available.
If required we are also able to code your Android app so you can set up geofences (e.g. a circular area of a defined radius around locations based on longitude and latitude) and notify you if a user enters or exits the geofenced location.
Obviously, your staff out in the field may not like the idea of you knowing their exact location, however, as the bespoke Android apps we develop for you can continuously track location, it also means the apps can provide very useful information to users such as giving step by step directions while they are walking or driving.
In the early years of developing bespoke Android apps we used a mixture of GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile phone networks and device sensors such as the accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer to help establish the user's location and speed of travel. However, choosing the correct combination of these signals was very time-consuming (remember, the more time it takes for us to develop your bespoke Android app, the greater the cost of the Android app development project) and also it tended to put a strain on the device's battery. Luckily for our Android app development team, the Android engineers at Google have come up with the Fused Location Provider API which allows us to easily combine a number of signals so we can request the most accurate location data available (greater accuracy but more battery drain) or instead the best accuracy available without additional battery use which is useful when you just need to know roughly where your people are at any given time. Basically, the greater the location accuracy, the greater the battery drain.