[SailfishDevel] How to get GPS Location in QML

christopher.lamb at thurweb.ch christopher.lamb at thurweb.ch
Wed Oct 30 12:02:08 UTC 2013

Hi Bolek

I also have nothing direct to do with Jolla, I am just a developer  
like you, but it is still a pleasure to help and to puzzle out how  
things work.

I agree with much of what you say; but I think we should not forget  
that the Alpha is just that, an Alpha. That means that not everything  
is perfectly documented, and somethings that probably will be bundled  
in the final release will be currently missing or in a  
work-in-progress state.

I suspect that when real Sailfish hardware becomes available, with a  
real GPS built in, then all the required Qt Positioning and Location  
stuff will be pre-bundled. It could be argued that on an Emulator  
there is not much use for it ...

The situation is also not helped by the fact that QtMobility is in a  
state of flux between 4.8 and 5.x, with some sub-modules / components  
popping up elsewhere, and with others completely missing in action  
(e.g. Messaging). I guess that the root cause for this is the  
withdrawal of Nokia from the Qt camp.


Zitat von tw_bolek <tw_bolek at op.pl>:

> Chris,
> First of all, thank you very much for your help.
> However.... is there any valid reason why it is so complicated?  
> Positioning is probably one of the most frequently used functions in  
> smartphone applications. I'd understand that some 3rd party or less  
> important modules are not included by default but Positioning...? It  
> should be included by default....
> Not every developer is familiar with all these complicated  
> procedures of installing additional packages. And on Windows it  
> probably isn't as easy as on Linux.   I want to focus on developing  
> apps and not on configuring the SDK to be able to use the most basic  
> functions...  If I want to use something extra then I'm ready for it  
> requiring additional steps, but as basic thing as positioning should  
> have been included by default...
> If it's due to Qt5.x not yet being complete, maybe Jolla should have  
> sticked to Qt4.8 (or at least used both) until Qt5.2 comes out and  
> matures?
> Many thanks for your time and support, anyway!
> Best regards,
> Bolek
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