GPS Tracking

Is there an app that we can use for GPS tracking? I usually use Life 360 on the phones but I purchased ZTE Quartz for both my children. I want to be able to monitor where they are at. Please advise

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  • sshasansshasan Z-Community Moderator New YorkPosts: 3,409 admin

    As far as a standalone app for the watch, there just isn't one that would be compatible without them having an android smartphone on them at all times to pair to it.

  • onematonemat Nashville, TNPosts: 150 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Hello

    Yes. That's what it was.. Thanks.

    Matt

  • ​ what application can be used to pair with the phone then? (I mean, what is the name of the application you are referring to?) Would it be tracking the phone instead?

  • sshasansshasan Z-Community Moderator New YorkPosts: 3,409 admin

    The GPS on the Quartz is dependent on your phone to work and runs through the phone. The watch itself will not be able to track them.

  • sgregersgreger Posts: 3 ✭✭
    edited July 4, 2017 5:44PM

    The 2 reasons I bought 2 Quartz was because the ad/specs state GPS. I am trying to dump my phone and be watch only as I only care about making a call and keeping a GPS location on my kids or myself during traffic commuting. None of us would have a phone on us. Why did they advertise this watch with GPS then? When you are jogging, you don't want to bring your bulky phone, you want to leave it in the car and you could be miles away. So GPS on the watch makes sense. Same with wading though traffic. My Quartz can show my traffic without my cell phone on. If my cell dies, I would still have wanted to know where the traffic was on my watch, which I thought the GPS spec was how it would do this.

  • samsamhasamsamha Posts: 1,464 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @sgreger said:
    The 2 reasons I bought 2 Quartz was because the ad/specs state GPS. I am trying to dump my phone and be watch only as I only care about making a call and keeping a GPS location on my kids or myself during traffic commuting. None of us would have a phone on us. Why did they advertise this watch with GPS then? When you are jogging, you don't want to bring your bulky phone, you want to leave it in the car and you could be miles away. So GPS on the watch makes sense. Same with wading though traffic. My Quartz can show my traffic without my cell phone on. If my cell dies, I would still have wanted to know where the traffic was on my watch, which I thought the GPS spec was how it would do this.

    @sgreger , the watch does has its own GPS and can be used to pinpoint the location. Unfortunately, Google still consider the Android Wear 2.0 a companion device. So some apps still depends on the phone despite the fact you can install them on the watch.

    You definitely can still use the watch as a stand alone device for making calls and tracking. Though using google map would require the phone but for location tracking, it should be fine.

  • jasonejasone TennesseePosts: 1,850 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @samsamha is correct this is a Google issue. Ask them, why the watch cannot use GPS standalone with maps? It's probably because of battery life, but that's where the blame belongs not on ZTE.

  • sgregersgreger Posts: 3 ✭✭

    Thank you for the reply Jasone / Samsamha. This is good to know that there may be a future options one day to unlock the GPS potential. However, for now what app does anyone recommend for tracking, as each one I try to install, "Ghosts" my ZTE watch as 'incompatible', but they will install just fine to phone (e.g. Life360). Any other Traffic/Map programs (besides google) that will work on the ZTE watch? Thanks,

  • samsamhasamsamha Posts: 1,464 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @sgreger said:
    Thank you for the reply Jasone / Samsamha. This is good to know that there may be a future options one day to unlock the GPS potential. However, for now what app does anyone recommend for tracking, as each one I try to install, "Ghosts" my ZTE watch as 'incompatible', but they will install just fine to phone (e.g. Life360). Any other Traffic/Map programs (besides google) that will work on the ZTE watch? Thanks,

    Almost any tracking app that can pull the cellular and the GPS data should be able to use to tracking the device. If you just want to know the location of the watch, I just log into my google's Find My Device to pin the location. other than that, you would have to search the playstore, make sure you either browse through the android wear section only or add android wear in the search box to narrow down the result. I have yet to find one that have like realtime tracking or location sharing feature that is compatible with AW though.

    A word with the location via GPS though. From my experience with AW, since the unit is so small, the signal may not be the strongest. Also, as with any GPS devices, indoor reception is not going to work. Even outdoor, sometimes, I have trouble getting the GPS to lock the location in a crowded area or that it could take a bit of time to do so (or I need to reboot the watch). Furthermore, running GPS on for extensive time on the watch would quickly drain the battery on the watch since unlike phone the watch cannot pack such a big battery. Something to consider if you are planning to use the watch as a tool to track your kid's location

    As for the nav/map, I have yet to find one that can function as a stand-alone device. Currently, Android Wear still depend on the phone for some heavier tasks. And I think part of the reason is related to the battery and hte processing power on the watch that just cannot compete against what the phone can do. It is still more like a companion device and the benefit I guess is that as long as you have the phone nearby, you would able to get the information without pulling it out or unlock it.

  • RC51RULZRC51RULZ Posts: 6 ✭✭✭✭

    I use my watch as a stand alone gps tracker when I ride bicycles. I use the Strava app or Ghost Racer app. Works great ! The watch does NOT need the phone for GPS if the app is designed properly..... Can you hear me Google Maps?!!!!! And I get 6 hours of ride time running gps and cellular, so battery life is not an issue for me. GPS signal is very strong and I've never had a signal drop while riding in the past 6 months, and I log about 100 miles a week. I don't know if there is an App for tracking someone wearing the watch.

  • qqpewpewqqqqpewpewqq Denver, COPosts: 5 ✭✭✭

    @destyne312 said:
    Is there an app that we can use for GPS tracking? I usually use Life 360 on the phones but I purchased ZTE Quartz for both my children. I want to be able to monitor where they are at. Please advise

    Hello there. There may be a way if you know of a good GPS tracking app. You could always try to sideload it.

    Check out the video below.

    Also, there is a program for your computer to make it easier to sideload apps. Check out Android Wear APK Tools
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/g-watch/development/tool-android-wear-apk-tools-sideload-t2930401

  • navimbannavimban NYPosts: 5 ✭✭✭✭

    @RC51RULZ said:
    I use my watch as a stand alone gps tracker when I ride bicycles. I use the Strava app or Ghost Racer app. Works great ! The watch does NOT need the phone for GPS if the app is designed properly..... Can you hear me Google Maps?!!!!! And I get 6 hours of ride time running gps and cellular, so battery life is not an issue for me. GPS signal is very strong and I've never had a signal drop while riding in the past 6 months, and I log about 100 miles a week. I don't know if there is an App for tracking someone wearing the watch.

    I use it for Strava too! And I love that I can receive calls and track my runs without my phone. But the new update stopped the standalone GPS from working. Have you had this issue?

  • RC51RULZRC51RULZ Posts: 6 ✭✭✭✭

    @navimban

    I use it for Strava too! And I love that I can receive calls and track my runs without my phone. But the new update stopped the standalone GPS from working. Have you had this issue?

    My watch is up to date and standalone gps works. Try using the Ghost Racer app. It uploads to your Strava account. Also check your settings in strava app. Make sure it's set to standalone, maybe it was changed during update.

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