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I just finished moving stuff from my trusty old Galaxy A5(2017) to a brand new Galaxy A14 5G.

Yesterday I recorded the first track on the new device, and had a vague feeling that the track looked more jagged than expected - especially as the A14 can receive data from up to 47 satellites, compared to the A5's 23.

So, today I compared...

Two results from walking to the supermarket and back - both devices side by side in the same hand:

1. The track looks MUCH better on the OLD device - the A14 is, in this respect, simply crap (see attached Screenshots - the first two are from the A5 - Nr.2 transferred to the A14, as without "Pro" there's no altitude graph.)

2. Locus 4 on the old device told me "tired of ads? Go Pro!" Is this expected behaviour?


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I've found a method which, as far as I can tell, enables every Android file manager (except, I think, the one supplied with the phone) to access Android/data and Android/obb, both internal and external, on Android 13.

However, this method includes sideloading an app from an App Repository other than the Play Store.

Is this permissible on this forum?

[If not, how about pointing to the spot on the Web where I found the information?

Troubles & Questions / Problem with this web site?
October 10, 2023, 15:08:16

before switching to Android 13, I didn't visit the forum for quite a while.

Now, when I do, I find an urgent security warning about riskware on this site.

Any information about this?


I've been fighting my way through the "upgrade" process from Android 7.1 to Android 13 for more than two days now, cursing the "nice folks" at Google every step of the way.

With Locus my problem was moving my 11 GB MapsVector folder from its rightful place somewhere on the micro sd card to the sd card version of Android/data.

In the forum I'd read about two apps which were supposed to do the trick:

-FV File Explorer
----which didn't even SHOW Android/data, just Android/media.

----which showed the contents of Android/data just fine, and when I tapped

told me that "a one-time action" was needed to reach my goal.

Instead all I did reach was a barrier in the form of a "helpful" bit of information:

"This folder can't be used. For the protection of your data [URGENT desire to puke] please select a different folder"

Eventually I was forced to boot my PC - so far Google has not managed "for the protection of our data" to block that particular access.

Still, having to wait till I'm near my PC EVERY time I want to do ANYTHING involving Android/data would be a MAJOR pain.

So: IS THERE a way to access that blasted monument to Google's arrogance from inside the phone?

Troubles & Questions / Displaying litter bins?
April 03, 2023, 17:01:53

I only just noticed a tiny but annoying problem with Locus Map 4/Gold.

My particular interest when I enter stuff into OSM are foot paths ad cycle paths, together with any benches and litter bins beside them.

Today I followed a foot path that I had recorded some years ago, needed a litter bin to get rid of a wrapper - and found that Locus 4, unlike Locus Pro, apparently didn't display them.

I tried out all relevant online and offline maps and all themes  available in the app.

Some of my choices led to a display of the benches I had entered into OSM, but: no litter bins.

Is there anything I can do?

I suppose this has already been asked, but I can't find the thread:

Locus Pro 3.5 and 4/Gold share most data (List of Themes is slightly different).

All data are in the internal Default location, except for vector maps, which have a dedicated location on the SD card.

(Galaxy S9 with CustomROM equivalent to Android 8.1).

Can I / How can I uninstall Pro without deleting any of the data for "4"?

Regards, J.