I decided to try out QGIS on my Samsung Galaxy Advance – a little 4-inch screen, but why not? I’d run through the same process on an Asus TF300 tablet previously (much larger screen and more appropriate for GIS use – but more on that later) and wanted to document how it went.
You’ll need an active and fast network connection – you’ll download a bit over 100MB of files during the installation. (For more screenshots and installation details see here from upande.com)
- To install ensure you’ve selected “install from unknown sources” in the Settings;
- Download the installer .apk and open it (on most Androids it will download to a “Downloads” directory, but may be elsewhere; you can just click to open the file from your file browser and it should start the installer).
- Run the installer and select ‘download and install’. 83 MB of data will get downloaded. Luckily, it is a resumable download – if it fails, you can start the process off again where you left off.
- Confirm that you want to install (standard Android dialogue) – takes about 2 minutes to finish this stage.
- Run QGIS: “Unpacking post-install data” … 10 seconds.
- QGIS requires a supporting service, available from the Play store “This application requires Ministro service. Would you like to install it?” Confirm and install Ministro II, only 523KB.
- Looks like it needs MORE libraries to run! “Qgis needs extra libraries to run. Do you want to download them now?” Confirm and install the QtCore libraries – a lot bigger at 31MB.
Then QGIS just seems to run! Tough to use the little tiny buttons / menus, but workable. You can even use the GPS connection – took me a while to realise it was under View | Panels | GPS – click ‘connect’ on the panel after displaying it.