RadarScope: Android Fix is Coming Today

June 13, 2018 by Mike Wolfinbarger
Topics:   RadarScope |

We’re releasing RadarScope 3.7.3 for Android today to address the location services issue and a few others. Several changes have been made in an attempt to improve location services behavior. When RadarScope is denied location services at the requested accuracy level errors occur. We’re now trying again with a lower accuracy level. If that fails, we will advise users to change their location tracking settings to a higher level.

Android Location Fix

This has proven to be a tricky problem to solve. We’re continuing to follow Google’s recommendations for location services to the best of our ability, though our interpretation of their documentation has changed a bit in light of real-world behavior. 

Changes include:

  • The requirements for location tracking have been relaxed to work across a broader array of Android devices.
  • Improved the spacing of storm track timestamps.
  • Resolved networking issues under Android 4.4.
  • Fixed an issue which could cause the distance tool to snap to non-visible map layers.
  • Fixed an issue which caused AllisonHouse options to be inadvertently shown in the app settings.
  • Fixed an issue with Spotter Network account permissions.

Most of our beta testers have reported improved behavior. We’ll release this update, collect feedback, and continue to work on improvements. If you encounter issues, the best thing to do is to report it to Support through the Help section of the app. Thank you for your patience as we continue to make improvements.

Mike Wolfinbarger

Mike Wolfinbarger is VP for Mobile Development at Weather Decision Technologies. He leads the team that develops the award-winning RadarScope and Weather Radio apps and other mobile products. Prior to WDT, Mike served as Director of Technology for the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. He led the team that created the software infrastructure for the Oklahoma Mesonet and the OK-FIRST program. He oversaw technology transfer efforts which led to the use of OCS software by WDT, Mesonet Québec, NOAA, USDOT, and the New York State Mesonet. In 2008, Mike co-founded Base Velocity to develop and commercialize RadarScope, the first mobile app to display native radar data. Base Velocity was acquired by WDT in 2012. At WDT, Mike and his team continue to focus on creating innovative tools for visualizing and interacting with weather data.