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.
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:
- » 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.