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Using an External Bluetooth GPS on the Dropad A8 with Android 2.3.1 - Infinity Reviews

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Dropad A8 Review
http://www.infinityreviews.com/2012/1...

Guide - Revive Your Dead Tablet (in case of upgrade problems)
http://www.slatedroid.com/topic/19289...

Before watching the video, be aware that external bluetooth dongle did not work on a Dropad A8 (a.k.a. A8i) with Android 2.2 (factory default). It was needed to update to Android 2.3.1 (build 0531) in order to make bluetooth available* (using the USB Host and a USB bluetooth dongle), which means that some external bluetooth devices can be used on the Dropad A8 tablet, such as GPS, Keyboard and Wiimote.
The external bluetooth GPS used in this video was the receiver and data logger BTGP-38KM (sku.26337). It cost about $35 and has a good performance. To connect it on the Dropad A8 it was used a bluetooth dongle** and the Android application "Bluetooth GPS Provider" (free on Market).
All the products used on the video were purchased at Dealextreme. See the links below for more information about the products.


Dropad A8 Capacitive Screen 7" Android 2.2 Tablet with WiFi/HDMI/Camera/TF/USB (Cortex-A8 1GHz)
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/1080p-7-...

Bluetooth GPS Receiver + Data Logger BTGP-38KM
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/65-chann...

Bluetooth USB 2.0 Aluminum Dongle
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/bluetoot...


* Even with the update to 2.3.1 there is no bluetooth option on the "Settings"-"Wireless & networks". You need to turn the bluetooth on and off by the widget "Bluetooth OnOff" (search it on Market).
** Maybe some bleutooth dongles do not work on the Dropad A8. We can not confirm.

Timeline notes
0:00 - shows how to turn the external bluetooth GPS on
from 3:10 onwards - shows how to turn the external bluetooth GPS off

Android applications tested: Maps (Google), iGo, Places and Latitude. All working.

Some useful links
Dropad A8i oficial updates:
http://www.saayi.com/sy/asp-bin/gb/?p...

Dropad A8 Forum (lot of information)
http://www.slatedroid.com/forum/139-h...

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