Monthly Archives: December 2014


  • On devices without a compass, the compass button is replaced with a travel direction arrow and the map can still be aligned to the travel direction
  • New HUD options: black background, less-cryptic labels (but smaller value display)
  • Improved detection of external SD cards
  • Tap the GPS dot (or the cross at the center of the screen when not following GPS) to create a new waypoint there
  • File selection: options to sort folders before files, hide .hidden files
  • Bug fixes
  • Many translation improvements, especially for Russian

Play Store and VATMOSS

This a stripped-down version of the article in French.

Google decided to automatically add VAT to add sales within the EU as a result of the new European VAT rules for virtual goods sales.

Because FrogSparks is a very small company, I do not collect VAT on sales (I sell VAT-free), at least in France (it’s not clear yet whether this exemption extends to other EU sales). But because of this, I also can’t deduct the VAT I pay my suppliers. This means that Google is forcing me to pay VAT twice on the map licenses.

Consequently, I have to increase prices in the Play Store for EU countries (which mechanically increases Google’s cut, and the other set of taxes I have to pay, which are based on revenue, not income, but that’s another matter).

If you would like to keep purchasing maps at the “normal” VAT-free price, you can use our web site.



  • Fixed Google Earth
  • Removed Yahoo (the old Yahoo tiles are no longer available and the new service uses a protected HERE API)
  • Optimization and fixes for map tile display
  • Fixed inability to create offline OS25k-only maps
  • Fixes and optimizations for WMS maps
  • New option to hide automatic waypoints (pause and altimeter)
  • Added support for using voice search: “Ok Google, search for Paris using MyTrails” (English-only until Google starts to support other languages)