I know there's a number of solutions that allow you to use a Bluetooth-enabled external GPS antenna but what if you don't have Bluetooth? Does anyone know of a way to connect a USB GPS antenna to an Android device?

*A little background: I just ordered this cheap resistive screen tablet primarily to be a less expensive dedicated Kindle/Nook Reader but I'm also thinking up other ways I can use this thing. One way I was thinking was as GPS unit mounted on my dash, only problem... no GPS.

  • Off-topic, but I'd love to hear from you about you how like that tablet sometime.
    – Bryan Denny
    Commented Oct 27, 2010 at 20:31
  • Yeah, I'll report back as soon as it arrives. I'm still trying to figure out if I should have dropped the extra $70-80 for the Augen or the Cherrypad that are running 2.1. Basically, this was the cheapest way I could find out how bad a resistive screen actually is with Android.
    – Matt
    Commented Oct 27, 2010 at 21:15
  • I'm cancelling my order on the Cherrypad. It still hasn't shipped and I'm going down to Sears right now to get this badboy: sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00382001000P
    – Matt
    Commented Nov 1, 2010 at 21:31
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    @Matt What was the outcome of this? Commented Feb 24, 2011 at 14:11
  • If it has data or voice, you should be able to use triangulation from cell towers to get a rough location. Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 18:50

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I believe Bluetooth is the only way to do this.

In order to be able to do this via USB the device would need to support USB-OTG (basically be capable of acting as a USB host); given that you are excluding Bluetooth, I doubt there would be a device with USB-OTG but without Bluetooth. You'd obviously need a GPS capable of sending data over USB, as well.

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