[Update] DroidPlanner v1.0.0



DroidPlanner has reached a milestone  (v1.0.0). For me at least, it can now be used as the only GCS when you are flying. Since this is why I started working on it I think we have reached the objective, and in the way I found a lot of nice people willing to help.


The update

If you follow the alpha versions you know we added a lot of good stuff to it. The new version has the following updates, probably the bold ones matter the most to you ( v1.0.0 over 0.14.2):

Droidplanner v1.0.0

  • No new changes to the code-base, just setting a milestone

Droidplanner v0.16.0

  • Bluetooth Support
  • Fixing layout problems with the Survey window

Droidplanner v0.15.0

  • New Waypoint Editor
  • New Survey Interface
  • Support for Physical Joysticks
  • Chinese Translation
  • Code Re-factoring
  • Minor fixes (please consult GIT history)




Since many users have requested Bluetooth support I loaned a Android Device with Bluetooth, and implemented the support (my tablet doesn't have it, that's why it took so long). 

I tested it with a RN-42 Bluetooth module bridged with a 3DR telemetry board with success. To use the feature just pair your device using android settings, and select Bluetooth in the DroidPlanner settings menu.

For more help go to the wiki at the following link:


Waypoint Editor

The new waypoint editor which is much easier to use, and support's almost every kind of waypoint. To use it just click on a waypoint on the map or list to open a dialog where you can change the waypoint settings.

We have gone to the trouble of doing a customized dialog for almost every waypoint kind, making it really easy to setup the parameters.


Interactive Survey planning

Now it's interactive, you can select your survey parameters and it will dynamically update the grid. Also a nice new feature is the option of showing the camera footprints on the ground.


More info

For more information I suggest the DroidPlanner Wiki page. And if you just want to know how to connect your APM board, or what android device you can use just follow the links. 

If you have questions about anything please ask them at the DroidPlanner forum, where others will be able to find them later.

And as always if you want to help consider making a donation via paypal, or by buying this app. If you want to help even more, consider joining the development team, or reporting a issue/bug/improvement on GitHub.

Thanks to everyone helping with the development (Just remembering a few of you: Aaron, Azrin, Brandon, Foxkid, J-DeMarco, Simon, Rob G )!

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  • Developer

    @Kirk Khan, @Romero Araujo : It's very hard to debug electronics by a message system, so I'm sorry if I'm not able to help you. Especially since we don't have a standard hardware reference ( everyone has it's own BT module).

    So my best advise is to find someone that knows a bit about electronics to debug those for you. Probably at your local RC club.

  • same probelma here, droid planner working perfecto with USB adaptador conector to my tablet for months. Radio dead now with Blue toot module instalado
  • Hi,I had 2 pair of 3DR radios,one of them are new model with USB connector and connected to BT module with soldered connection GND-GND,VCC-VCC,RX-TX,RX-TX. It was paired and work for few seconds,then just dead/no smell nor sign of smoke anything.BT module still work and tested with swap to older radio (no USB ). The green LED on, but won't talk even with USB to my laptop anymore
    Any idea ? Thank you Kirk Khan
  • Excellent. Thank you for your work on this project.

  • Developer


    You are correct the link is invalid, it happened because I moved the code repository. Try this link instead:

    If you need more help please go to the DroidPlanner forum:

  • Greetings. The link to the wiki for offline maps appears to be invalid. Clicking it loops back to the github page. Is there a page that explains in detail how to configure offline maps for use with DroidPlanner?

  • Developer


    You can reverse the RC controls in the settings menu

    And please add an issue on our github site with the failsafe issue.

    @Doug Walmsley 

    You can select between different kinds of maps (Satellite/terrain/streets), but they are all Google Maps. It's hard to change that because I use the google maps API to render the app.

    One option that you already have is to use the offline maps option. That way you can provide any map you want to be used offline. Here is a guide:

  • Like what I see with one request.  Can you code in the option to select which maps to use.  Google Maps are out of date for my location but Bing is current.  Like to see the option for choice of maps to be downloaded to tablet/smartphone.

  • tested waypoint great!


    1) trying rc control on, all reversed except throtle. e.g: AIL, ELEV,RUDD reversed. (stick rudder left, quad goes right)

    2) if i forgot to RC CONTROL OFF, and off the phone, i take control my remote nothing response except RTL mode.


  • Thsnks for all the effort you have put into this. I love using droidplanner!
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