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GeoTag your travel pictures on Android!

updated on 09/08/2016

GeoTag was designed to operate on Android smartphones as a camera with coordinates on the screen. On top of other benefits, GeoTag appears to be an ideal application for travelers who’d like to photograph the outdoor sights of a new city or area and find their way back home. GeoTag is offline – navigation and geotagging doesn’t require any Internet traffic though it’s desirable to have an updated Google map and see your images pinned to it.

Camera mode gets you a camera with your coordinates with error in meters. Taking a photograph here you also geotag the image – add coordinates into to the file. Most phones and tabs do that today but with this app you know exactly where you are. Used outdoors for better signal reception, the application determines where you are in a matter of seconds (the more precise you want your location to be, the longer you will have to wait – 30+ seconds). Moreover, you can quickly jump to the recently taken picture and make text or voice notes (e.g. the name of the street, the name of the building) that will be connected with the photos. Note, you can share your geotagged image with other users only with the text comment, not with the voice note.

Gallery mode (swipe the screen right-to-left) allows you to see the images you’ve taken. You can select one or all, delete them, share them or show them on Google Map in Map Mode. For the latter long-tap images you’d like to see on the map and tap a little compass icon on the top right of the screen.

Directly you do it, your selected images will be shown on the map right in the locations where you took them – in Map Mode. This mode also allows you to display your own location on the map and when you move, your heading will be shown, too. This way you may navigate back to any of the images (objects) you selected. You can also opt to display your own location only and share it with other users (icon at the screen bottom, right side).

Selecting one of the images on the map and clicking Edit button on top right you will enter Edit mode. This allows you to drag the image to another place on the map and save new coordinates (for instance, if you believe coordinates where not precise when you took the photo).

Please, note, currently it works with Samsung smartphones but there is a bug with some Huawei and Meizu devices. If your app works properly, please, give it a good rank on Google Play, maybe a comment with other features you’d like to see. Discussions are welcome here.

Questions are welcome!

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