OsmAnd Online GPS Tracker

We are pleased to announce that we have a new application in OsmAnd family. This application helps to see your contacts on the map in OsmAnd. It has a social aspect; you need to have contacts, that's why it was challenging for us to choose the platform to build it on.

We have chosen Telegram as the most open social platform since it has an Open API, Open SDK and, moreover, it will eventually have an Open Server implementation (Blockchain).

It is important that we have a great level of interoperability between the applications. You can easily exchange your location with your contacts without having 'Telegram mobile app' (OsmAnd Online GPS Tracker is an independent telegram client) and, the other way around, your contacts should not necessarily have OsmAnd Online GPS Tracker in order to see your location.

We designed OsmAnd Online GPS Tracker so you could still use your Telegram app and OsmAnd app naturally without flaws.

The application sends the Live Location messages to the selected chats for the time you specified, displays a list of your contacts and groups, and checks the chats for the presence of the messages with a location, which are then displayed on the map in OsmAnd. The application does not send or view your text messages.

Log in using your phone number registered in Telegram to enable the following:
  • Manage the list of contacts and groups that send you their location
  • View the location of contacts and groups in real time on a map in OsmAnd
  • Set the time for sharing the location separately for each chat
  • Set the location update frequency
  • Watch the chronology of your and your contacts' movement

Settings:

There are several settings for managing the frequency of sharing locations and controlling the display of the locations sent to you.

Send my location — allows you to set the interval for sending your position from once per second (for increasing accuracy) to once in 5 minutes (for reducing power consumption).

Stale location — allows you to set the time (from 1 minute to 1 hour) after which the location of your contact will be considered outdated. If the location becomes outdated, the position becomes gray.

Location history — allows setting the time (from 5 minutes to 24 hours) after which the contact with the deleted location will be hidden from the list and the OsmAnd map.

Send location as - allows you to make a selection of the category of sending a message about your location in Telegram (3 types of sending): text, map, text and map.

Appearance - allows you to show the number of GPS points received from other contacts, as well as sent by you.

Share location as - if you want to connect several devices to one Telegram account, you need to click "Add device" and name the device.

The OsmAnd Connect setting allows you to select the version of OsmAnd in which your contacts with the position will be displayed on the map.

Timeline

This is the third tab in the application. It is possible to choose the day when you would like to see the history of the location shared with you. When selected, the contacts that showed their location on the selected day are displayed.

Monitoring allows you to collect information in the background when your contacts share it. To do this, you must enable it.

To view all information about contact location, click on the contact's icon, or open the GPX track in OsmAnd and study the track in more detail (read more here). You can also share the GPX track for the selected period: by sending it to mail or any instant messenger.

OsmAnd Assistant:

We have also prepared a Telegram bot called 'OsmAnd Assistant,' so you can integrate OsmAnd Online GPS Tracker with 3rd party trackers or APIs. Hence, you can not only share your location but also the locations of your bicycle or a group of individuals taking part in racing which is available via API, and OsmAnd Online GPS Tracker will make sure you have a nice presentation of locations on the map in OsmAnd itself.

OsmAnd Online GPS Tracker represents the idea that we are not trying to lock-in our users into a single app, and we are in line with our mission to bring the value to end-users by focusing on the strong side of our app, meanwhile integrating with others. Recently we have also expanded a lot of our OsmAnd APIs, so you can fine-tune or write another app that will seamlessly integrate with OsmAnd. Please share with us what you think about this new app on Twitter and other social channels.

To view the GPS positions of contacts on the map, you need the latest version of OsmAnd or OsmAnd+. The minimum supported version of OsmAnd or OsmAnd + is 3.0.4.

Get OsmAnd Online GPS Tracker on Google Play.