I created a home automation project with the old Blynk legacy app a while ago which uses the GPS Stream widget on iOS devices. Now I want to switch to the new app, but I cannot find the widget anywhere.
Is the GPS Widget really not available in the new app? If so, are there any plans to get it back on iOS?
@huzi, any news yet on status of GPS Stream? It is essential for my Blynk apps (https://www.instructables.com/BackpAQ-Personal-Air-Quality-Monitor-V2/) and could be an essential component for any IOT sensor application as all sensors need to be geolocated. Thanks.
GPS Streaming widget is not available in Blynk IoT apps.
Those sensor widgets don’t fit inside the ‘device tiles’ approach we have now on the root level in Blynk IoT apps.
Our vision for the case, which require continual location streaming, is to be able to configure those at the root level (e.g. “user location”), and for devices to be able to use that (e.g. link datastream to it in template settings).
For the case, when some action is triggered based on user location, our new Automations approach will fit very well, giving the end-user the power to configure appropriate conditions and actions among those provided by the developer.
No eta for these.
For hobbyists and makers, I believe there are workarounds now using Blynk HTTP API, e.g. using the Apple’s Shortcuts app on iOS to trigger an action based on location conditions (or send the location data itself).
Note, for the case, when the device must be configured with location data, usually once, during initial setup, we recommend to use the device metadata, witch can be fetched using Blynk library or Blynk HTTP API
Eugene, thanks for the update and insight. I will miss the easy to use Blynk GPS Stream but will try to figure out how to use the method you recommend. I need GPS position every 30 seconds or so, so location at initial setup will not work. I am using this instead of a dedicated GPS device in the hardware as that adds expense and drains battery too much. Do you have any examples of how to use Apple Shortcuts in combination with http Blynk API as you suggest? Will this work for Android as well, with their specific shortcuts? I don’t want this to get too complex or take too long to execute as it’s invoked continuously. Thanks!