SkyMap 1.5 Gets Mango Update, Adds Compass Support

by Adrian 5. October 2011 20:46

We’ve just published SkyMap 1.5, which is the first update that targets Windows Phone 7.5 (also known as mango). This update adds the most wanted feature – compass support!  It is the feature that we wanted to add right from the first version, but it just wasn’t possible on the previous versions of the Windows Phone OS.

How to use the compass

Please make sure that you are away from magnetic interferences. Large metal objects, power wires, magnets, speakers, etc. can affect the accuracy of the compass.

When you launch the new version, expand the application bar and click on the enable point to sky item. The first time you may get a Compass Calibration screen. Follow the instructions as indicated on the screen, until the status at the bottom says “Complete”.

From our experience, the compass calibration may take quite a while (especially when done the first time). Take your time, have patience and it will eventually get calibrated.

For more information about using the point to sky feature, please refer to the help page included in the application (you can find it in the application bar).

What’s new in SkyMap 1.5

  • Compass support
  • New sensors bar, that replaces the navigation bar in the point to sky mode
  • Fast app switching
  • The system tray respects the night mode theme (the system tray is setting is available only in the full version of the app)
  • New night mode button in the quick settings bar, to make it easier to switch the night mode on and off
  • The point to sky mode now supports the pinch to zoom gesture
  • The show more/less stars now offers a wider range of values to better match the sky you see in your area
  • Reorganized some of the items in the quick settings bar and the application bar

This update requires Windows Phone 7.5 (mango).

This update also includes the improvements we made in SkyMap 1.4 (which is also available for Windows Phone 7.0). You can find more information about the SkyMap 1.4 update here.

Comments (4) -

Francis Abraham India
10/6/2011 8:46:46 AM #

In my WP7 Mango, I am not getting an error message saying that Compas is not enabled on this phone.
HTC Compas application is working fine.

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Francis Abraham India
10/6/2011 8:47:47 AM #

Sorry, read as I am getting an error message

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Adrian United States
10/6/2011 3:42:40 PM #

Hi Francis,

As I understand from you, the application shows an error that the compass functionality is not available, however you have the HTC Compass that works. It is possible that your phone doesn't have yet the drivers to enable the compass for standard applications. The phone manufacturers (e.g. HTC) have more access to the hardware in their apps comparing the regular apps.

What kind of phone do you have?

Thanks,
Adrian

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adam United Kingdom
11/17/2011 3:22:58 AM #

What phone?

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