You can use all NMEA data like location, speed, etc. in any other app (e.g. Google Maps) if you activate mocking on your device.
Steps to connect and configure an external GNSS antenna via usb cable:
- Connect your external GNSS antenna (e.g. uBlox M8-Neo)
- Open the app settings and set "USB Device" as "GNSS Input"
you have to set the usb-vendor (here in the example "UBlox") and the connection baudrate
- Activate "Mock Location" if you want to use the location data of the external antenna
set the "mock height" to orthometric (default) or ellipsoidal
- Go back to main status page of the app
- You have to set the "mock location app" in order to use the location of external antenna
Goto: Settings > System > Advanced > Developer options
scroll down to "select mock location app" and select the "GPS Connector" app
- If you don't see the developer options you must initially activate the options on your smartphone
It depends on the Android OS version of your phone how to activate the developer options, e.g.:
Goto: Settings > About phone > Build number (and click multiple times on that item)
If you want to see additional informations about the received NMEA data, please check the terminal-page.
You also have to verify that the selected baudrate is high enough to handle the data flow from your external antenna.
Go to terminal-page and check the "traffic" output on the upper right corner. Here in the example the selected baudrate
should be 19200 or higher, otherwise some NMEA data strings could be lost on data communication.
If you see a very high traffic value, you may have activated sending out binary data from your external antenna.
You can disable sending binary data if you don't evaluate this data. (the GPS-Connector app ignores all binary output) To check if the mock-location feature works just set "Simulation" as "GNSS Input" in settings and switch to Google Maps.
The location should jump between different cities, like Munich, Berlin, Paris, etc.
The accuracy information (XY and Z) is extracted from the NMEA GST string. If you don't see any accuracy info,
please make sure to activate the cyclic output of the GST string on your external antenna.
The software vendors provide tools to configure your antenna, e.g. the UBlox "'u-cener" application.