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 thoughts on “Software Review: MobileTracker for BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8830

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  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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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