Software Review: MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830

MobileTracker KML / Google Earth logging tool for BlackBerry 8800 and 8830
Finally I can break my silence! Having be involved in a silent beta test is good to get in tough with new technology but is really hard for a blogger … ;)

Anyway, lets talk about the tool. MobileTracker for BlackBerry The cool thing is that it does something no other application is doing by now: Tracking the user’s (respectively device’s) position and generate a tracklog from it. This tracklog will be created in the KML format. Which allows us to open the tracklog easily in Google Earth (image on the right).

The program has been built (due to my feeback, of course) to be very easy to use. You just enter enter a file name and can click “Start Tracking” if you are in a hurry. That’s what the left image below should show. Moreover, it has a “hide” function (right image, bottom) which allows you to have tracking enabled while using the your BlackBerry. Setting up the delay between position recordings is also possible as well as enabling and disabling height tracking which might both result in a lower battery usage.


MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830 - Start Screen MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830 - Finished

All in all, a nice and small tool which does exactly what it promises. Just $24 are some kind of a bargain. Here again the official feature list of the vendor:
MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830 - Icon

  • » Worldwide usable.
  • » Customizable delay between position recordings.
  • » Record your track.
  • » Height recording.
  • » Background tracking.
  • » View your track in the Google Earth’sâ„¢ 3D view.
  • » Easy integration into Google Earthâ„¢ and Google Mapsâ„¢.
  • » Unlimited track length.

One more thing to say: It is currently only compatible with the BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830. Unfortunately I had to experience that some BlackBerry 8830 devices have a deactivated built-in GPS receiver. So you check if your built-in GPS is active ;) Moreover, you must have a micro SD-Card installed in your BlackBerry as this is the location the KML file will be stored to. It is not possible to change that location / directory.

Related links:
MobileTracker for BlackBerry
Spot for BlackBerry – the GPS and mapping tool from Skylab
Skylab Mobilesytems Ltd. – the vendor

36 Responses to “Software Review: MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830”

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  3. Jeqq.com says:

    MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830…

    Finally I can break my silence! Having be involved in a silent beta test is good to get in tough with new technology but is really hard for a blogger…

  4. Rob says:

    Quote: “One more thing to say: It is currently only compatible with the BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830. Unfortunately I had to experience that some BlackBerry 8830 devices have a deactivated built-in GPS receiver. So you check if your built-in GPS is active”

    I believe my GPS on my new 8830 may be deactivated. How do I verify if it is or isn’t, and if it is, how do I activate it?

  5. k says:

    Hi Rob,

    that can only be verified by your network carrier. It is a pitty that they have the right to deactivate the GPS receiver because they want to sell so called “GPS-subscriptions”. Those subscriotions just offer access to a service that is usually free! (or do you pay a monthly fee for your car navigation? ;))

    Anyway, please check on your network carrier and you will be certain is deactivated or working.

  6. [...] BlackBerryInsight » Software Review: MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830 – This software uses the built in GPS device of the 8800 (full sized keyboard pearl) to track your movements, even elevation. It then turns this into a KML (Google Earth file) so you can see where you went. I wonder if it tracks speed? Whilst this won’t rep [...]

  7. [...] I just got a press announce email from the folks at Skylab Mobilesystems Ltd. who told me what I already knew and already blogged [...]

  8. [...] Originally Posted by richard371 I wish there was a good hiking app that made the 8800 etc perform like a handheld Garmin Etrex etc. That has been released yesterday: BlackBerryInsight » Software Review: MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830 Seems to be what you are looking for. Blog | HowTos | Deals & Free Downloads | Search | Ringtones [...]

  9. [...] Finally – 05-18-2007, 10:24 PM Finally it has been released. Take a look the software review: BlackBerryInsight » Software Review: MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830 Blog | HowTos | Deals & Free Downloads | Search | Ringtones Last edited by funkym : 05-18-2007 at 10:29 PM. Reason: forgot to paste the image ;) [...]

  10. I just purchased it.

    Seem like a great application!

    However, I have a problem. It does not track any points for me! My other GPS applications work fine on my Blackberry 8800, but MobileTracker always exports 0 points in my files. I have a 1GB microSD cards and the file it creates contains a bit of XML, but not coordinates. If I ask it to track each 1s and notify me each 10 points, still nothing happens after starting the tracking…

    The only thing I could see, is that the first time, I would have made a mistake and did not allow it to access the GPS (I am pretty sure I did), but I cannot see this screen again since I checked the “do not ask me again” checkbox. I don’t know how to check if I got this right.

    Does someone has any hints to help me?

    I cannot wait to use it!

    Thanks

  11. k says:

    I had this problems occasionally but it was my fault as I didn’t have GPS-Coverage in my room. Therefor, I went out and tried it outside.

    Right now, it works fine for me. Sometimes I need to press start and stop before starting the actual tracking. I don’t know why but I am sure they will figure that out.

  12. So, you get some indication when it is tracking? At least, if I know when it is actually tracking, I won’t start it for nothing.

    Thanks.

  13. [...] Originally Posted by bchelms Does anyone know what services are available to remotely track a blackberry pearl with a gps puck? Being in sales, I drive around a lot and I would LOVE to track where I go for millage expenses as well as being able to look at a map and see what areas I have covered. The only thing I have found is MbizTrack but there is not very much detail given for it. Thank your help! That has been released yesterday: BlackBerryInsight » Software Review: MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830 Maybe not exactly what you are looking for but you can track your movement. Blog | HowTos | Deals & Free Downloads | Search | Ringtones [...]

  14. [...] BlackBerryInsight » Software Review: MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830 – This software uses the built in GPS device of the 8800 (full sized keyboard pearl) to track your movements, even elevation. It then turns this into a KML (Google Earth file) so you can see where you went. I wonder if it tracks speed? Whilst this won’t rep [...]

  15. Gordon says:

    Hopefully they will fix the app to be able to run on older BBs utilizing bluetooth GPS and without SD cards. I have been in touch with them and they are interrested in fixing these problems, but I don’t know when it will happen. AFAIK, to save to internal memory, they’d just need to change /SDCARD to /Device, but I don’t know the specifics. From there, it’d be easy to grab the files using the media manager or eFile.

    I hope they fix it soon…I’d love to have it working by the time I go on vacation!

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  18. [...] Einige Anwendungen benötigen ein externes Bluetooth-Gerät, damit sie funktionieren. Die meisten von Ihnen werden ein Bluetooth Headset benutzen, um bequem anrufen zu können. (Ich bevorzuge das mit meinem Pearl mitgelieferte Kabel-Headset, denn es muss nicht aufgeladen werden und schaltet sich nicht mangels Strom ab). Um GPS Positionierungs-Funktionalitäten in einem BlackBerry zu integrieren, das über keinen eingebauten GPS-Empfänger verfügt, benötigt man einen externen Bluetooth-GPS-Empfänger. Auf dem Markt gibt es viele GPS-Anwendungen und wir haben sie alle getestet : BlackBerry Maps, TeleNav, Spot, BerryVine, MobileTracker, Naggie, etc… Seitdem ich den Artikel“MobileTracker auf Ihrem Pearl und Curve” geschreiben habe (der eigentlich noch nicht offiziell supportet wurde), empfing ich viele E-Mails, in denen ich gefragt wurde, wie man eigentlich das Bluetooth-GPS-Geraet zum Laufen bringt. Technisch gesehen ist es ziemlich einfach. [...]

  19. [...] That’s great news! I was looking for such an device for more than a year! Now it is available at the shops of HK CSL in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, I could not find its BlackBerry OS for download – so I could upgrade my old BlackBerry with the new software. However, the 8120 in Hong Kong comes with features like: Wireless email Organiser, Browser, Phone, Camera, Video Recording, BlackBerry® Maps, Multi-media player, Corporate data access, SMS, MMS, and Wi-Fi! The missing GPS receiver is a huge contra argument for not buying this device. I just like to track my trips and play around outside. [...]

  20. [...] Vor einiger Zeit waren wir die erste Seite, die über die zur damaligen Zeit revolutionäre Anwendung MobileTracker von Skylab Mobilesystems Ltd., mit der man GPS-Tracklogs in den bekannten Formaten KML/KMZ und GPX speichern konnte, berichtete. Seitdem gab es für die Anwendung mehrere Updates, bei denen unter anderem Photo-Tagging und das Generieren von kmz-Tracklogs hinzukamen. Jetzt ist MobileTracker auch für PocketPC- und Smartphone-Geräte mit Windows Mobile erhältlich. [...]

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  22. 8800 cover says:

    [...] that KML file in Google Earth or publish it on Google Maps. Review seems to be written by a formehttp://www.blackberryinsight.com/2007/05/18/software-review-mobiletracker-for-blackberry-8800-and-bl…Nokia 8800 – Support Forum – eXpansys Incif you have removed your cover and there are obvious signs [...]

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  26. RANGA RAJESH BABU says:

    How to run my dot file applications in the blackberry 8800 model
    As if i loaded the dot file then my application is not hitting to the server
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  27. [...] of waypoints crossed, Distance covered and the average speed. It is easy to install and use. Read here for a more detailed [...]

  28. kelvin says:

    my black berry phone cant display and i need your help please

  29. kelvin says:

    I CANT FIND MY BLACK BERRY PHONE ANY MORE PLEASE HELP ME WITH IT COS AM LOSSING A LOT OF THINGS I NEED TO DO WITH IT HOPE TO HEARING FROM YOU SOON

  30. [...] Though I already have the black one with an orange stripe (seems to be kind of limited as they don’t have this anymore) I could use another one as well to charge my BlackBerry and my Bluetooth GPS receiver at the same while I am hiking or biking and tracking my GPS positions. [...]

  31. a raj singh says:

    RECENTLY I PURCHASED B.BERRY 8100 IT IS NOT SUPPORTING BLACK BERRY SERVICES.HOWEVER I HAVE PURCHASED PLAN FROM AIRTELL.PL.ADVICE HOW TO OVERCOME THIS PROBLEM.

  32. as I stated out I did not have this problem because I had Outlook installed on my system … I think he just ignored the error message

  33. kellyb says:

    thanks for sharing, i will try it

  34. blackjill says:

    thanks for the info

  35. geekyivan says:

    A free version of GuardianWare BlackBerry, let you locate your kids with their blackberries. The application can be downloaded from MobiHand or BlackBerry App World.

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