This main feature for this release is the Background Location reporting feature.
It works in much the same way as the iOS feature, but a key difference is that Android has no indication when apps are using background GPS.
To turn the setting on, go to your setting in the app, and select the “Background GPS Mode” setting. This will show you the 3 options for the Background GPS.
The top option, “High Accuracy”, will update the location of the device in the background at the same frequency it would while the app is opened. This will likely increase battery usage by a fair amount, but will give the most accurate position and update the most frequently.
The middle option, “Battery Saving”, will use update the location of the device at most once per 5 seconds. This will use less battery, but also update less frequently.
The bottom option is “Off”, which is selected by default, means the app will not report your position after you have backgrounded it.
This new setting only applies when Active911 is in the background, it has no effect on the position reporting when the App is open, the Foreground GPS setting still controls that.
If you reboot your device, the Active911 app must be opened at least once before Background GPS will start working again.
Also, if you are ever stationary for more than a few minutes, the app will stop reporting your position until you start moving again. Therefore, you may disappear from the map, but then reappear when you start moving again.
Drag and Drop Map Markers
Long-pressing on a Map Marker will now allow you to drag the marker to a new location on the map.
You can drag multiple markers, and then press “Save” to save the location of all the markers.
If you drag multiple markers and press “Edit”, the edit screen will still be for the first marker you started dragging. The same holds true for the “Delete” button.
This Drag and Drop control, as well as editing map markers, is being redesigned in an upcoming Android release to make it easier to use.
Sorting Responders View
In the responders view for an alert, you can now tap the button at the top of the view to toggle between sorting by the device name and sorting by the response type.
The last change made to the Android app is the way our “Follow My Location” feature works on the map.
Previously, whenever you long-pressed on the “My Location” button on the map, it would pan and zoom to your location at a default zoom level, then pan to keep you location centered on the map.
This caused some frustration for users who wanted to be zoomed in to a specific level while having it follow them.
We’ve now changed it so that, upon entering “Follow My Location” mode, the map only pans to your location without zooming.
We know that some people do like the zooming functionality of the button, so we have left single-tapping on the “My Location” button the same.
To zoom to your location and have it follow you, you just need to single tap on the “My Location” button, wait a second for it to zoom to you, and then long-press on the button.