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Bring QuickGPS to your CDMA Device

We've talked about the differences between aGPS and GPS before, but we can now add another form of aGPS to the bunch: QuickGPS

QuickGPS is from Qualcomm (technically called gpsOneXTRA Assistance) and is an Internet-based form of aGPS or offline aGPS whereby your device, once a week, downloads a data file that has all the ephemeris data contained (file = packedephemeris.ee).  This data is good for 7 days and helps calculate your position faster without the need for an Internet connection at the moment of initiation (ala network-based aGPS).  "Cold starts" go from a minute or more to just seconds. Very cool.

HTC has been incorporating this into some of its devices lately (e.g. Touch Pro) and Palm has it on the GSM Treo Pro.  HTC calls it QuickGPS as it made a nice app to initiate the system (see above photo). 

But as usual, some of us were not invited to the party (e.g. Sprint Mogul, Touch, etc.) and the community has effectively taken matters into their own hands, hacking this onto various devices.  The latest is the Sprint/Alltel Treo Pro and we have to admit, it works like a charm. 

So if you want to join in and speed up your GPS system, feel free to browse those threads!  And remember: back up before you do so!  This also may not work on all devices--if you get "QuickGPS.exe' cannot be opened. Either it is not signed with a trusted certificate, or one of its components cannot be found. If the problem persists, try reinstalling or restoring this file." that would be you, sorry.

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says:

this is old... i was using quickgps like 2 years ago.

Whaddya want a medal or a pat on the back?

It was only announced by Qualcomm 2 years ago (2/07), so I find that difficult to believe and it being hacked onto the Treo Pro just happened this week, so that's the news.

Plus not many know or understand what QuickGPS is or how it differs from traditional aGPS.

says:

Congrats. However there still exists new Windows Mobile users and users that haven't been using it for two years. Its good that some of them now have a greater opportunity to discover this information.

says:

I have a Sprint Touch pro and I've never acquired satellites "in seconds"... maybe if your talking 30-50...

Yeah, this will vary from device to device depending on antenna, speed of the CPU, current conditions etc. On my Treo Pro my cold starts dropped from ~1min to about 10-12 seconds, which was a nice improvement.

So perhaps "just seconds" is too brief, but I think it is still a substantial improvement.

says:

quickgps comes loaded onto my sprint htc snap and the aquisition time is almost instantaneous. When i owned the treo pro & 800w it ranged anywhere from 30 to 50 seconds. Not a giant amount of time by any stretch of the imagination but ive never seen such an improvement untill i used the app for the first time.

pelona#WP says:

I was little surprised by the statement "HTC has been incorporating this into some of its devices lately..." QuickGPS was on the Touch HD from the beginning.

says:

You know HP has incorporated HP IPAQ GPS QK Positioning software on the IPAQ910c. It can easily download the ephemeris file and it speeds up the time needed to establish link with Satellites.

says:

where can I download the .cab?

says:

Does not work on HTC Touch Pro 2 (Telus)

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