New version of Gaia GPS released

FWIW I am running iOS11.3 on an iPhone 6s and an iPhone 8 PLUS. No issues at all running the app. The only glictch (if you can call it that) was when I ran into a dead spot in coverage (I use TMobile) which corrected itself with refreshed maps in 1/4 mile. I run several layers at once and use it quite a bit on screen just to have a reference map showing.
I'm not sure if this is directed at myself or Superduty, but I want to point out that you are using Gaia in a completely different way. We are using it for offline maps, while you are using online maps, which require at least 3G data service. That doesn't work for me, as most of the places I go are outside of cell tower range. There are a huge number of mapping apps that work excellently when you have a cellular data connection during your travels. Or even when you know your exact route, download the maps for your route, and then don't deviate along the route when outside of cellular data range.
 
I've always experienced the same issue with map downloads. Even the gaia topo map, which they claim should be very fast - I presume bc this particular map is on their servers. You have to plan big downloads days, if not weeks in advance. I too, download to the sd card. The download is far slower than the write speed capability of the card . The download speed is also far slower than my Internet connection.

I am downloading to an S2 tablet.

For now. I think it's just a problem you have to live with. Assuming with the many other glitches and issues.

I'm not sure there is another app that is better.

I too have had to do the nuclear option with a reinstall. No fun.

Good luck

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
Thanks, good (or bad!) to know that I'm not alone! I've now experienced the same issues on 3 different devices, so I was pretty sure that it wasn't a hardware issue, although all my devices are in the Samsung family.

I too have not found an app that is better for my use case, which is why I decided to support the efforts of the good people at Gaia and subscribe for several more years. They are a very small team, and yet they respond to all feedback very quickly.
 
Thanks, good (or bad!) to know that I'm not alone! I've now experienced the same issues on 3 different devices, so I was pretty sure that it wasn't a hardware issue, although all my devices are in the Samsung family.

I too have not found an app that is better for my use case, which is why I decided to support the efforts of the good people at Gaia and subscribe for several more years. They are a very small team, and yet they respond to all feedback very quickly.

I just posted up on the Gaia support page. I may be at the end of my patience for Gaia. I started downloading the Gaia Topo for Death Valley NP on Sunday. It is now Thursday and it slightly more than half way through. It's only 734MB. These download speeds are beyond ridiculous. Particularly bc I have a numerous other maps for the same area that I want to download. I am not sure what other app to use. I have Backcountry Navigator on my tablet. I also installed Locus Map and US Topo Maps to see what I think about those. Gaia seems to have the most variety of maps of all. But if you can't download them, they are useless.
 
I just posted up on the Gaia support page. I may be at the end of my patience for Gaia. I started downloading the Gaia Topo for Death Valley NP on Sunday. It is now Thursday and it slightly more than half way through. It's only 734MB. These download speeds are beyond ridiculous. Particularly bc I have a numerous other maps for the same area that I want to download. I am not sure what other app to use. I have Backcountry Navigator on my tablet. I also installed Locus Map and US Topo Maps to see what I think about those. Gaia seems to have the most variety of maps of all. But if you can't download them, they are useless.
What speed SD card do you have? If you have a budget micro SD card this is likely the issue. The app can't write to the card fast enough. Have you bought a different SD card and tried it? This may not be a Gaia issue but a hardware issue. Have you discussed that with support?
 
What speed SD card do you have? If you have a budget micro SD card this is likely the issue. The app can't write to the card fast enough. Have you bought a different SD card and tried it? This may not be a Gaia issue but a hardware issue. Have you discussed that with support?
Installed card is:

Samsung EVO Select. Specs are
  • Up to 100MB/s & 90MB/s read & write speeds respectively; Class 10 UHS 3
I have deleted and reinstalled Gaia along with all my maps. Quite the chore to start over. I am now going to try downloading one at at time. I started with NPS visitor map of Death Valley. It's downloading markedly faster than prior to the reinstall. I will do the gaia topo next to see how that one does. There is either a problem when you send multiple downloads at once (regardless of the fact that the app only downloads one map at a time) or once you have downloaded numerous maps and gaia has been installed for some period of time it simply doesn't work as it should. I'll update this thread if I get any new information.
 
Installed card is:

Samsung EVO Select. Specs are
  • Up to 100MB/s & 90MB/s read & write speeds respectively; Class 10 UHS 3
I have deleted and reinstalled Gaia along with all my maps. Quite the chore to start over. I am now going to try downloading one at at time. I started with NPS visitor map of Death Valley. It's downloading markedly faster than prior to the reinstall. I will do the gaia topo next to see how that one does. There is either a problem when you send multiple downloads at once (regardless of the fact that the app only downloads one map at a time) or once you have downloaded numerous maps and gaia has been installed for some period of time it simply doesn't work as it should. I'll update this thread if I get any new information.
I know the goal has always been get a tablet with low storage and make it a tablet with lots of storage via an SD Card. It seems sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't. I can't speak to any specifics with Gaia. It's why I run a tablet with large internal storage. Yes, it happens to be an iPad. Your research sounds useful for the Android folks.

This article sheds a little light on the fastest cards available. https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-microsd-cards/
 
Installed card is:

Samsung EVO Select. Specs are
  • Up to 100MB/s & 90MB/s read & write speeds respectively; Class 10 UHS 3
I have deleted and reinstalled Gaia along with all my maps. Quite the chore to start over. I am now going to try downloading one at at time. I started with NPS visitor map of Death Valley. It's downloading markedly faster than prior to the reinstall. I will do the gaia topo next to see how that one does. There is either a problem when you send multiple downloads at once (regardless of the fact that the app only downloads one map at a time) or once you have downloaded numerous maps and gaia has been installed for some period of time it simply doesn't work as it should. I'll update this thread if I get any new information.
I know the goal has always been get a tablet with low storage and make it a tablet with lots of storage via an SD Card. It seems sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't. I can't speak to any specifics with Gaia. It's why I run a tablet with large internal storage. Yes, it happens to be an iPad. Your research sounds useful for the Android folks.

This article sheds a little light on the fastest cards available. https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/best-microsd-cards/
 
I can't say for sure, but I think Gaia works better on ios. I need to spend a little more time reading in the Gaia community, but it seems the android folks have different problems.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
 
I can't say for sure, but I think Gaia works better on ios. I need to spend a little more time reading in the Gaia community, but it seems the android folks have different problems.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
It does but I think a lot of this has to do with how diverse the tablet market is for Android. There are a lot of bad slow Android tablets out there. Lots of tweaked versions of the operating system and I think all of that reeks havoc for software developers in general.

With the big price drop of the new iPad IMHO it is silly not to get one.

I have been reading a lot of tech articles which say there really isn't a good Android tablet in the market right now. All of the authors state they wish there would be and it is making it easy for Apple to dominate but Android on a tablet is not a good experience and no vendors are trying to make it so. Their words, not mine, although I agree. I have tried Android multiple times and have bailed on it every single time. Others love it and that's fine. iPad with 128GB of storage works great. Mine current iPad Air is 3.5 years old and it still runs apps including Gaia great. Google seems really focused on Chromebook and not developing another tablet. Samsung seems pretty consistent with producing new models but haven't heard of any "game changer" devices.
 
Last edited:
I just read through this and never saw a definitive answer. My current tablet is a Tab 10.1 with 4.1.2 Android. I saw a few post that said it was supposed to run good on this older system, and then the CEO said they were thinking of making Android 4.4 the minimum requirements. For those with 4.1.2, is it working good?
 
I just read through this and never saw a definitive answer. My current tablet is a Tab 10.1 with 4.1.2 Android. I saw a few post that said it was supposed to run good on this older system, and then the CEO said they were thinking of making Android 4.4 the minimum requirements. For those with 4.1.2, is it working good?
No idea but expecting most current software to run on a operating system that is 6 years old is asking a lot. Developers can only go so far with backwards compatibility. Hopefully someone can give you an answer. Have you tried to download the app and use the trial?
 
No idea but expecting most current software to run on a operating system that is 6 years old is asking a lot. Developers can only go so far with backwards compatibility. Hopefully someone can give you an answer. Have you tried to download the app and use the trial?
I'm not expecting anything, I'm asking a question that was brought up a few months ago and never completely answered. I'm waiting until I have a free day to test the app out, and will download it as that time gets closer, but figured I'd ask since I have a few weeks.
 
Installed card is:

Samsung EVO Select. Specs are
  • Up to 100MB/s & 90MB/s read & write speeds respectively; Class 10 UHS 3
I have deleted and reinstalled Gaia along with all my maps. Quite the chore to start over. I am now going to try downloading one at at time. I started with NPS visitor map of Death Valley. It's downloading markedly faster than prior to the reinstall. I will do the gaia topo next to see how that one does. There is either a problem when you send multiple downloads at once (regardless of the fact that the app only downloads one map at a time) or once you have downloaded numerous maps and gaia has been installed for some period of time it simply doesn't work as it should. I'll update this thread if I get any new information.
I have the same problem and I don't think the card speed is an issue. Nothing else loads to the card slowly, just Gaia maps. That means the problem is with how Gaia uses a card in an Android phone.

I never had a tablet before buying it specifically to use for offline maps, so if I had known about this issue, I may have considered an Apple tablet. I'm heading off on my 4 week trip tomorrow, and 3 critical maps likely won't have completed their download. I'll have to try using WiFi at the couple of motels I'll be staying at (camping most nights), and hopefully the downloads will finish before I need them. I suppose I could also try tethering the tablet to my phone while driving to continue the downloads.
 
Installed card is:

Samsung EVO Select. Specs are
  • Up to 100MB/s & 90MB/s read & write speeds respectively; Class 10 UHS 3
I have deleted and reinstalled Gaia along with all my maps. Quite the chore to start over. I am now going to try downloading one at at time. I started with NPS visitor map of Death Valley. It's downloading markedly faster than prior to the reinstall. I will do the gaia topo next to see how that one does. There is either a problem when you send multiple downloads at once (regardless of the fact that the app only downloads one map at a time) or once you have downloaded numerous maps and gaia has been installed for some period of time it simply doesn't work as it should. I'll update this thread if I get any new information.
I have the same problem and I don't think the card speed is an issue. Nothing else loads to the card slowly, just Gaia maps. That means the problem is with how Gaia uses a card in an Android phone.

I never had a tablet before buying it specifically to use for offline maps, so if I had known about this issue, I may have considered an Apple tablet. I'm heading off on my 4 week trip tomorrow, and 3 critical maps likely won't have completed their download. I'll have to try using WiFi at the couple of motels I'll be staying at (camping most nights), and hopefully the downloads will finish before I need them. I suppose I could also try tethering the tablet to my phone while driving to continue the downloads.
Where are you going for 4 weeks?

Are you trying to dl maps along a route or areas you selected?



Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
 
Where are you going for 4 weeks?

Are you trying to dl maps along a route or areas you selected?
Nothing super exotic: Mexico, Arizona and Utah. A month could easily be spent in any one of those areas, but my trip will allow me to have some quality time along whatever corridor I end up taking.

I've used both "download along route" and map areas I've selected. The "DL along route" just autoselects a circumscribed rectangular area that includes the route, so it doesn't really save DL time unless you make a bunch of short routes so that each route has a relatively small circumscribed rectangle. Of course, for a 4 week trip, I really have no idea where I'll be on week 2, let alone week 4, so I do need large areas. Just downloading the interesting (to me) parts of AZ (which ends up being at least half the state!) with MVUM, Gaia Topo, and USGS all at zoom 14 would probably take a couple weeks.

This wouldn't be an urgent issue if I didn't have to delete and reload Gaia several weeks ago to fix my sync issues (see further back in this thread.) I had loaded maps over the last 2 years of CA, AZ, NV, CO, UT as I've done different trips. Knowing the long download times means that I never delete map areas, so I would've only needed to add the areas in Mexico for this trip. Not sure if the large amount of stored maps contributed to my Sync issues, but Gaia didn't think it should. Starting over on the downloads means that I won't have any CA or NV maps, even though I will be traversing those areas, and may get the itch to do some exploring. I have paper maps, but the only way to carry detailed maps of large areas is digitally.

I suppose a new tablet with lots of internal storage is in my future, but that will have to be after this trip.
 
Top