What Is GZ Gear on Verizon Phones?
By Michele M. Howard
G’zGear is advanced software pre-programmed on some Verizon smartphones. This software features eight adventure modes with tools for the adventurous and outdoor enthusiast. Whether you enjoy camping, biking, surfing, trekking, star gazing or running, having access to the tools offered in these apps helps you stay informed and perform at your best.
This mode allows the smartphone to be used as a basic compass. It has easy-to-read indicators showing you which direction you are heading. You can also overlay the basic compass to show you how far away you are from local or world points of interests such as national parks, cities or mountain ranges. In addition to showing you the direction of the point of interest, it can also display the longitude and latitude of the attraction.
The walking counter mode provides a pedometer feature which allows you to keep track of the number of steps you take in a diary. With this mode you can set up a virtual trek on one of several famous hiking trails around the world. It will keep track of your steps and show your progress along the trail.
With the temperature mode you can find out the local temperature and compare it to major cities around the world. The temperature can be displayed in Fahrenheit and Celsius with a temperature range of -4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and -20 to 60 degrees Celsius.
This is a useful mode for surfers and fishermen. The phone’s screen displays a daily graph showing the times for high and low tide as well as the current sea level. It has been programmed to show data from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2015.
With this mode you can check the time for sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset for your current location or select cities. You can check the position of the sun and also have access to this type of data from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2015.
Point the phone toward the sky to use this mode. The screen will show the constellations and stars at your current location. You can identify the name and receive detailed information for a selected constellation. The star gazer mode also helps you locate constellations in the sky.
With adventure training you select a virtual male or female opponent or even a wild animal to run against. If you have personal best data stored in history, you can select this instead of a virtual opponent. Once you have completed the target distance, results such as time, distance, calories burned and average speed will be displayed.
You can plot and keep a log of outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, cycling, surfing, padding or traveling with the trip memory mode. You can then share this information on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.