Announcing Beta releases for DroidPlanner 3 and 3DR Services

DroidPlanner fans,

Over the life of DroidPlanner, we've received many requests to add features that push the limits of autonomous drone operation. As a result, you've helped create a world class Android GCS app. We wanted other developers to be able to easily create Android apps based on our vehicles, ArduPilot flight controller, and DroidPlanner.

To that end, we've taken the last month to separate out the DroidPlanner backend to "3DR Services". Think of 3DR Services as the Google Play Services of the drone world.

We're opening up the first beta of DroidPlanner 3 built on top of 3DR Services. On the surface, this beta DroidPlanner is identical to the last 2.8.x beta release. Over the next month or so, we'll incorporate UI changes, polish, and changes based on your input.

To access the 3DR Services beta, please join the mailing list, or the Google+ community. Then, you can signup to download 3DR Services here:

To access the DroidPlanner 3 beta, please join the mailing list, or the Google+ community. Then, you can find the beta for DroidPlanner 3 here:

We created 3DR Services to accelerate the development of drone apps. We have a few new apps built on top of 3DR Services which we'll release early next year. We'll also be working with developers to get a new generation of apps published for your vehicles.

If you want to get started developing on top of 3DR Services, you can find more information here:

If you are interested in contributing to DroidPlanner 3, you can find more information here:


DroidPlanner Devs

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Comment by Euan Ramsay on December 13, 2014 at 7:39am

Much as I'd love to make use of droidplanner, I can't actually get my Samsung Tab 4 to recognise any USB devices. I don't think the drivers are even installed. It's only take about 4 hours just to get root access.

Is this a common problem with trying to use android tablets for the Ground station?

Comment by Tobias Witting on December 13, 2014 at 8:15am

it works on my old samsung galaxy sII, nexus 5, and nexus 7. I recall issues when the phone language was set to british english not us english. One other option could be to use a bluetooth bridge for the ground 3dr radio.

Comment by benbojangles on December 13, 2014 at 8:53am

I have used Droidplanner on various phones & tablets:
- Nexus 7
- Ainol Crystal (rooted & Cyanogenmodded)

- HTC One

- Cube Talk 7 3g tablet (currently in use)

Comment by Euan Ramsay on December 13, 2014 at 8:58am
I think it's samsung being a bunch of b****rds, disabling this feature (OTG) by design.
Comment by Fredia Huya-Kouadio on December 13, 2014 at 10:14am

@Euan, you can use a bluetooth telemetry bridge as the one provided by Event38:

Also, since it's self-powered, it has the advantage that it won't drain your phone/tablet battery.

Comment by Fredrik Hedberg on December 13, 2014 at 3:11pm

@3DR Will the DroidAPI Java backend referenced be open-sourced as well?

Comment by Fredia Huya-Kouadio on December 13, 2014 at 3:22pm

@Fredrik I'm not sure what you mean. As described in the post, the source code for 3DR Services is available on github @

Comment by Phil Giacalone on December 13, 2014 at 4:54pm
Bravo. The next phase of UAV development involves higher levels of integration. Solid APIs are exactly what's needed. Glad to see leadership in this area.
Comment by Fredrik Hedberg on December 14, 2014 at 3:02am

@Fredia The DroneAPI documented at

Really great work w. 3DR Services and DP3 BTW! Thanks a bunch.

Comment by hotelzululima on December 14, 2014 at 9:35pm

couple of comments..

and .apk for side loading is needed for both 3DR drone services and droidplanner3

Some of us for various reasons legal and otherwise(work strictures/recommendations) have to use pseudonyms when using social media.

given that anything which breaks into that pseudo anonymity means fewer folks participating including developers who actually might use these apps.

For now I will simply compile and link the app/.apk myself.. in the future it would be NICE to have an option to maintain SOME personal privacy without a huge amount of extra effort!

(hell I LIKE compiling everything myself dont ya know?)


ps. droidplanner is the cats meow! Thanx for releasing it!!

I can't wait to play with version 3(after I setup a development environment for same).


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