We are just in the final stages of testing our new NavLink App for Android devices and thought we would give you a sneak preview. This app supports the display of “live” wireless AIS data from all of our wireless NMEA products and plots the AIS targets on a Google Map.
When outside of 3G range and no longer on the internet, cached copies of the Google Maps will still be displayed or the app will show the AIS targets on a plain “radar” type display with the boat displayed at the center of a series of range rings.
The App provides full AIS functionality including CPA and TCPA alarms – click here to see our previous post on these features.
During our tests, we had the opportunity to try the new Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet (they also do a smart phone version) which Sony describe as the World’s slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet. We were all very impressed with this tablet which features special waterproof covers for the various connectors and expansion slots.
We would still be careful when using it in the cockpit of a “very wet” boat to not let it rest in standing water, but the Sony should be capable of surviving the odd splash or being used in rain and spray.
The screen size, battery life, weight and build quality were all very good and we would certainly recommend this 10″ Quad Core Android Tablet.
As well as our new NavLink, there are a growing list of Marine Apps for Android – click here to see our previous post about Android Apps.
With testing nearly complete, we are confident that our new NavLink Android App will be available on the Play Store next month.