Using BlackBerry Maps with your GPS Puck
Step 7: From the main BlackBerry Maps menu select Start GPS. Assuming your GPS puck has acquired its position, you should see a Chevron and the map should be rotated in the direction you are traveling (or were last traveling if this is not the first time youâ€™ve connected the GPS). The screen also displays your current bearing and speed, as well as the current street you are on (if youâ€™re zoomed in close enough).
Step 8: If you are not moving or prefer North to always be straight up, go to the main menu and select North Up. If you prefer the map to rotate so that your direction of travel is always straight up select Track Up.
Step 9: To have useful information like the time, your battery and signal strength, how many satellites youâ€™re receiving, if Bluetooth is turned on, or whether you have email, hit the Q key on SureType devices like the Pearl, or the U key on full QWERTY devices and this information will appear on the Title Bar.
In this case, the GPS device is tracking 9 satellites (you need at least 3 to obtain a position). If the number reads 0, your GPS receiver has not locked onto its position yet.
Step 10: If you want to display the map for the entire screen, hit the space bar and the GPS mode switches to Map Mode. The map will still track the GPS, but the street, speed and bearing information is no longer displayed.
Thatâ€™s the basics of GPS and pairing your device to work with BlackBerry Maps. Weâ€™ll have some more articles soon about getting the most out of BlackBerry Maps, but feel free to send us an email about any problems youâ€™ve had or any aspects of LBS that youâ€™d like us to cover.