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Backitude GPS Location Tracker

Backitude GPS Location Tracker

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App Description

The following description comes from the Google Play Store description of the app:

Backitude is a light-weight and efficient Android 2.2+ application designed to capture the location of your device at configurable time intervals or, alternatively, whenever a location is detected by the operating system from another application. No added bulk in this application for Mapping interfaces. Keep your resources free and your battery full. Send, sync, or import your locations into your own mapping system of preference.

New (beta): Send a NMEA GPRMC strings to your OpenGTS tracking system with more options than any other application out there! GPRMC is the recommended minimum specific GPS/TRANSIT Data and this app should be the perfrect OpenGTS client.

Create your own back-end and host your location data. Share it in real-time with friends and family. Here are some other user's examples:

http://backitude.ascanwex.de/
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https://bitbucket.org/nparley/mylatitude/wiki/Home
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http://www.backituders.com

Use Backitude to provide the data!! Run this application and automatically improve your Google+ location accuracy and your Google Location History accuracy and rate!

Find your friends and family members' locations automatically by pinging their phone with a simple text message, and the phone will automatically reply with their location, assuming they have installed and enabled this application.

Continuous location detection application (Configure once, enable, and leave running forever!) with the capability and flexibility to sync location data to any number of destinations including: Custom server URLs, on-board internal memory in form of KML or CSV files, SMS relay, and more!

Detect your location and configure what URL you would like to send it to. Or, store it locally as kml and open using any Mapping software capable of loading kml files.

Backitude can detect locations using GPS, Wi-Fi network locations, and/or cell tower triangulation locations. The location detection and data transmission can occur seamlessly and silently in the background of your device. It allows the user to control the updating frequency and accuracy constraints, and allows you and your friends to locate eachother via SMS.

Offline Storage is available to save location values when a data signal is not present, or you decide to save your data usage and upload in bulk at a future time. Sync can initiate when signal becomes available again, or only once connected to a Wi-Fi network, or by manual startup only.

Minimum accuracy constraints and fall-back options ensure that you are only collecting location data you desire to keep. Polling timeouts ensure that you are not wasting battery life trying to achieve an accurate value when GPS or location signal is not available.

Backitude can run at varying time intervals dependent on Mode which is automatically detected: Docked mode for connected to a power supply, Wi-Fi mode for connected to a Wi-Fi network, or Standard mode in any other situation. Backitude is most efficient when no interval is selected and the application relies on "Push Updates" via SMS and Location "Steals" instead of timed polling. "Steals" are location values that are served up by the OS from other applications, such as if the user opens Google Maps and the OS determines the location, Backitude will identify and utilize the data. "Push Updates" will trigger polling via SMS.

Widgets help change settings or operate location detecton on the fly without opening up the settings menus.

With all the new options for sync'ing your data- Backitude will surely have some bugs to work out. Any problems, please contact me at backitude@gmail.com

If anything else, this is a great app to use as a Lost Phone Tracker. Just enable SMS Push Update with SMS reply, add a secret suffix so not just anyone can find out your location, and let it sit idle until the day when you lose your phone and need a means to track it down, with GPS accuracy.

Sensitive Permissions Used By This App
Permission What Why
Find accounts on the device Can use user's account information stored on the phone Internal
Full network access Can access the internet It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Read your contacts Can read user's contact list (phone book) and phone call history Internal
Precise location (gps and network-based) Can use user's precise location Internal
Send sms messages Can send SMS messages Internal
Use accounts on the device Allows the app to request authentication tokens. It appears this app uses this data for internal use within the app's functionality
Approximate location (network-based) Can use user's approximate location Not analyzed yet
Modify or delete the contents of your usb storage Can write to your phone's USB storage Not analyzed yet
Receive text messages (sms) Can receive SMS messages Not analyzed yet
Connect and disconnect from wi-fi Can connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points Not analyzed yet
Read call log Can read your device’s call log, including incoming and outgoing calls Not analyzed yet

Privacy Analysis

Version of the app analyzed:

5.3

App was last analyzed by Privacy Grade on:

02/25/2015

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