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The new BarSmart App is released for the iPhone and Andriod

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By: BarSmart Editor - Jul 27 2012 @ 10:27 AM

It's been months in the making but the new BarSmart App 2.0 is ready for download for BOTH the iPhone and Android.

The new app uses the GPS coordinates from your smart phone to find nightlife around you.

Check it anytime to find:
> The closest bars, restaurants or clubs to you.
> The closest daily specials in our database to you.
> The closest events to you with the ability to refine your search for Charity, Comedy, DJ, Drink, Karaoke, Live Music and Trivia.
> A quick link to BarSmart.com to search for additional nightlife information on your smart phone.

Download it today and try it out!
Android
iPhone
Watch for updates as we add features!

 

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By: Diamond Dave - Aug 14 2012 @ 09:28 AM

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BarSmart Editor wrote:

It's been months in the making but the new BarSmart App 2.0 is ready for download for BOTH the iPhone and Android.

The new app uses the GPS coordinates from your smart phone to find nightlife around you.

Check it anytime to find:
> The closest bars, restaurants or clubs to you.
> The closest daily specials in our database to you.
> The closest events to you with the ability to refine your search for Charity, Comedy, DJ, Drink, Karaoke, Live Music and Trivia.
> A quick link to BarSmart.com to search for additional nightlife information on your smart phone.

Download it today and try it out!
Android
iPhone
Watch for updates as we add ...
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Installed the app this morning on my Droid 2, tried to run it, and immediately got this.

Alert
code: 2
message: The last location provider was disabled.

I initially thought I got this because I have my GPS function disabled. I normally keep it disabled because it drains the battery much quicker and I don't need it running all the time. But even after turning my GPS on, and checking that the GPS was working with another app, the error message didn't go away.

Some complaints. A user should NEVER see this alert message. The typical user would have no idea what this fairly cryptic message is trying to tell you. I would have thought that since knowing a user's location is at the very heart of what makes this app useful, more care would have been giving to making sure you give the user the easiest way to accomplish this. IMO checking the status of the GPS before doing anything else is a no-brainer. The way many other apps handle this situation is if GPS is disabled, you tell the user "Hey, I need to know your location but your GPS appears to be disabled, do you want me to take you to the GPS page so you can turn it on?" If they don't want to turn it on, give them the ability to enter (and store) a default zip code or location.

Of course I could be wrong. It wouldn't be the first time ::;^)::

Edited: Aug 14, 2012 09:31 AM

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By: Chewbacca - Aug 16 2012 @ 01:17 PM

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Diamond Dave wrote:

Installed the app this morning on my Droid 2, tried to run it, and immediately got this.

Alertcode: 2message: The last location provider was disabled.

I initially thought I got this because I have my GPS function disabled. I normally keep it disabled because it drains the battery much quicker and I don't need it running all the time. But even after turning my GPS on, and checking that the GPS was working with another app, the error message didn't go away.

Some complaints. A user should NEVER see this alert message. The typical user would have no idea what this fairly cryptic message is trying to tell you. I would have thought that since knowing a user's location is at the very heart of what makes this app useful, more care would have been giving to making sure you ...

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I tested this on a handful of phones and did not get this error.

It seems to be that some Android phones (ver. 2.2 for sure) are not asking the user that we want to use location services.

I am currently trying to get a hold of such a phone to be able to test this scenario and fix the problem in the next version.

To fix this so that the app works:

Settings >> Location & Security >> Check "Use Wirless Networks"

Which should make the error go away, you can also check "use GPS Sattellites" for better location services.

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By: Diamond Dave - Aug 16 2012 @ 03:07 PM

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Chewbacca wrote:

I tested this on a handful of phones and did not get this error.

It seems to be that some Android phones (ver. 2.2 for sure) are not asking the user that we want to use location services.

I am currently trying to get a hold of such a phone to be able to test this scenario and fix the problem in the next version.

To fix this so that the app works:

Settings >> Location & Security >> Check "Use Wirless Networks"

Which should make the error go away, you can also check "use GPS Sattellites" for better location services.

My Verizon Android is running 2.3.4
The app has no settings page that I can bring up.
When I turned on my phone's GPS setting, it had no effect on the error message.

 
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