We will learn and understand Compass, Connection & Location functions in Power Apps. Before we start, make sure to subscribe to CRM Crate so that you can stay up to date in the field of Power Platform.
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Understanding Compass function
Compass./Action/The Compass signal returns the compass heading of the top of the screen. The heading is based on magnetic north.
Compass.HeadingHeading in degrees. Returns a number 0 to 360, and 0 is north.
Understanding Connection function
Connection./Action/The Connection signal returns the information about the network connection. When on a metered connection, you may want to limit how much data you send or receive over the network.
Connection.ConnectedReturns a Boolean true or false value that indicates whether the device is connected to a network.
Connection.MeteredReturns a Boolean true or false value that indicates whether the connection is metered.
Understanding Location function
Location./Action/The Location signal returns the location of the device based on the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other device information, such as cell-tower communications and IP address.
When a user accesses the location information for the first time, the device may prompt that user to allow access to this information.
Location.AltitudeReturns a number that indicates the altitude, measured in meters, above sea level.
Location.LatitudeReturns a number, from –90 to 90, that indicates the latitude, as measured in degrees from the equator. A positive number indicates a location that’s north of the equator.
Location.LongitudeReturns a number, from –180 to 180, that indicates the longitude, as measured in degrees from Greenwich, England. A positive number indicates a location that’s east of Greenwhich.
Implementing SetFocus function in Canvas App
In this scenario, we have stored the logged-in user’s location (Latitude & Longitude) in the variables which is later passed in the map as shown below.