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Other features / Re: Online search
May 19, 2023, 18:17:11
Quote from: Radim V on May 19, 2023, 16:33:30I don't think Barcelona for "Bar" is that irrelevant.
@Radim - maybe the search should consider the current zoom level? Barcelona may be relevant if close by, but not when 2000km, and the map is zoomed out to display, non-existent map/ no offline map even exists. This zoom-out to 2000km happens on most searches which is bad.

Did you check why a share from Google Maps doesn't work? This workaround would help alot.
Mine has always been around 4%/h and goes down independent of total %. Lately it's going down a bit faster as battery is getting to end of life.
You could backup settings on good device, copy & restore on bad device, to test apples with apples? Something is very badly wrong. Sorry to hear.
You could create a help topic for voting, but I like the new colour scheme.
we can't directly compare the absolute value of each device battery consumption per hour because each device has a different size battery, I*think* mine is roughly 4mAh (4Ah). A small battery, with all else the same, will have a bigger drain per hour.
Quote from: michaelbechtold on May 18, 2023, 18:22:57What tracking settings do you use, @Andrew, pls?
Mine are 10m dist., 5s interval, AND condition, GPS 50m acc.
25m/ 240m/ 50m, I also have Tasker running, but doing very little. The Samsung phone is now 5 years old.
Quote from: Menion on May 18, 2023, 15:49:56Settings > Maps > Auxiliary graphics > text size.
nice, thanks, I've changed from 100 to 140%

missing # on magnifier must be a bug? but text size is a nice workaround
the distance number of the distance marker isn't displayed under the magnifying glass. In my screen capture the 48 is missing.
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a option could be when hovering over the distance marker to display a popup with a larger (more readable) distance
Other features / Re: Online search
May 18, 2023, 15:01:51
Google Map > POI > share > LM4 > opens LM > online address screen > but nothing actually shared
Other features / Re: Online search
May 18, 2023, 12:51:53
More thoughts bubble to the surface after a sleep... a better example, maybe - online search for "bar" (I'm in Dingle, Ireland, so plentiful POI). I don't yet tap the Find button. 1st item is "bar, pub - category" - good. The 2nd item is city of Barcelona - really? Maybe 2000km away. The 3rd item is "McCarthys Bar" 1km away - good. Now on 2nd test of same sequence Barcelona is 1st item.

This time I tap the Find button - "Paudies Bar" is maybe 800m way - good, but 2nd & 3rd list items are places in France with "bar" in their name eg. "19800 Bar, France" - bad, and"McCarthys bar" is lost. I now tap SEARCH THIS AREA - only 1 more local bar icon is shown, whereas there are dozens.

When tested with a phone there are only a few search results, but when tested with a tablet there are many more results.

When compared to LoPoints(offline)  with a Locus map there are 20+ bars within 500m.

1) should it even be necessary to tap Find? Just populate list after a pause in typing?

2) should it even be necessary to have a SEARCH THIS AREA button? Wouldn't most common search to be of visible map? When results are empty or scrolled to end of list, maybe the last item is "search wider area"?

3) I think @tapio suggested showing distance to each list item.

4) hover over any Search icon could display a popup or scroll the list otherwise it's not obvious which icon is which.

5) I think it is bad to zoom out (at all) to show icons in the list until one is even tapped, or at least restore original zoom/ position if Back button is pressed.

I hope this is constructive, and not just a rant.
Another thing I do at the start of the day when LM track recording will be on all day & I need to maximise battery time, is to run an app called KillApps. It kills (supposedly) around 50 useless background apps. I really don't know whether it has useful benefit but it makes me feel better;-)
Other features / Re: Online search
May 17, 2023, 23:08:51
After reading the 4.17 News I made some progress, but IMHO it shows improvement is possible. As before, I type "cleaner" BUT now (for 1st time also) tap the Enter/ Find button - now the map zooms out to be 1000km across - grrr, but it now also displays the button SEARCH THIS AREA (so which area was being searched before??), so I carefully zoom back to where I was (REALLY annoying LM), tap the mentioned button, and it now lists the "cleaner" that Google Maps had also suggested just 1km away. I feel this experience can be improved quite a lot but I'll leave it for now, maybe for the developers to reproduce my use-case & frustration.
Other features / Re: Online search
May 17, 2023, 17:32:57
I'm still quite confused how the new online search works. Again (next town on cycle trip) I look for a laundromat. Google Maps finds nearest 1km away. It works reliably every time. It has "cleaners" in the name, so I return to Locus & type "cleaner" but the nearest match is 1000km+! Please suggest how I would accomplish this simple task with just LM rather than Maps 1st then trying to match addresses. Thanks.

BTW the hamburger menu is still quite slow to respond sometimes.
For me, track recording is 4%, and optional navigation increases that to 8% (total). Will depend completely on battery size & condition & screen brightness. I therefore (mostly) never use navigation, and simply turn on the screen briefly before any potential turn. I find looking at the map far more informative & reliable than turn instructions. I have the screen timeout for 6s. Sometimes I use POI alert but to replace navigation commands would be very tedious if lots of turns.
Other features / Re: Online search
May 15, 2023, 16:25:21
For consistency, could the category hirearchy be the same as offline LoPoints?