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From Joe Bowser <bows...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [Android] Deprecation of Geolocation on Android
Date Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:54:39 GMT
So, an update on this.

1. Our users don't know how GPS works! I can reproduce Geolocation
errors only by disconnecting my WiFi and by not having a SIM in the
phone and expecting my GPS to magically get the signal from inside my
office (It takes 2 minutes at least).  I can't change the laws of
physics, so this is working as intended
2. Our GPS doesn't work any better or worse than Web GPS
3. We'll still have people filing bugs against the Geolocation plugin
that I can't reproduce, I'd rather close them as Web GPS problems than
"You've never used GPS before, I can't reproduce" problems.

I think we should deprecate the code for the time being, since there
isn't actually anything wrong with it other than the fact that it has
a 60s callback (which was considered reasonable in the old days of
2008 when batteries died more quickly).

On Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM, Lindsey Simon <lsimon@commoner.com> wrote:
> +1 to nuking it.
>
> Anyone depending on it for really old versions of Android is likely not
> doing anyone a favor (themselves or their users) - and (I think) it adds to
> new developer confusion. Then again, having a plugin that only adds the
> permission bit sort of does that too.
>
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 7:26 PM, Michal Mocny <mmocny@chromium.org> wrote:
>>
>> Adding support for play services based geolocation could come as a value
>> add later.  If the current implementation is broken and no one wants to
>> work on it (seems to be the case since it hasn't been fixed yet), then
>> Joe's suggestion to just drop it now and leave a no-op plugin that adds
>> permission only sounds like the right thing short term.
>>
>> Joes first email claims Web Geolocation supports all current versions of
>> android (http://caniuse.com/geolocation claims android 2.1+ though I
>> didn't
>> look in to possible quirks).
>>
>> -Michal
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM, Andrew Grieve <agrieve@chromium.org>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > Is the plugin still needed on older android versions? e.g. we might
>> > want to have it be a no-op based on the android version instead of
>> > deleting it?
>> >
>> > Android geolocation seems to have gone Play Services, so another
>> > option would be to make the plugin use that instead of the OS
>> > geolocation in order to provide some utility.
>> >
>> > On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 4:14 PM, Jesse <purplecabbage@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > > The index.html issue was iOS, not sure if it still exists.
>> > >
>> > > Windows Phone 7+8 use the browser based geolocation as they have
>> > > implemented the spec,  However because of the way permissions are
>> > managed,
>> > > there is a native do-nothing stub that simply signal that Location
>> > Services
>> > > are required.
>> > > Windows8 does some massaging of the api to the WinJS version, and adds
>> > the
>> > > permissions to the project.
>> > >
>> > > I just spoke ( physically ) with Joe, and with this change, the
>> > geolocation
>> > > plugin would still exist for Android, it would just add the permission
>> > > to
>> > > the app.  So, Android's plugin would be almost identical to WP7+8 with
>> > this
>> > > change.
>> > >
>> > > +1 from me, assuming everything will just work.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > @purplecabbage
>> > > risingj.com
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 3:40 PM, Joe Bowser <bowserj@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > >
>> > >> It never did on Android, you can see this in Mobile-Spec.
>> > >>
>> > >> On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 3:39 PM, Brian LeRoux <b@brian.io> wrote:
>> > >> > Does the permission dialogue still ask for index.html ?
>> > >> >
>> > >> >
>> > >> > On Friday, January 10, 2014, Joe Bowser wrote:
>> > >> >>
>> > >> >> Due to numerous issues found in Geolocation, combined with
an
>> > increase
>> > >> >> in reliability of the Web Geolocation, I'm wanting to see
us EOL
>> > >> >> the
>> > >> >> Geolocation plugin.
>> > >> >>
>> > >> >> Reasons for this include:
>> > >> >>  * Support for Geolocation on all currently supported versions
of
>> > >> Android
>> > >> >>  * Numerous issues with the current Geolocation plugin that
may
>> > >> >> involve a full re-write of the Geolocation plugins.
>> > >> >>  * The Web Geolocation may be more energy efficient than our
own
>> > >> >> Geolocation polling.
>> > >> >>
>> > >> >> What do people think about deprecating this plugin and
>> > >> >> recommending
>> > >> >> that we use the browser's implementation on Android?
>> > >> >>
>> > >> >> Joe
>> > >>
>> >
>
>

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