Location updates in Foreground Service

I am trying to implement an app for navigating a user in the background. I am running a foreground service. But for RequestLocationUpdates I have two options:

  1. Use PendingIntent (usually this one used for background)
  2. Use LocationCallback

Which one should be used for Location updates in foreground? I think LocationCallback, but not sure.

Thanks in advance.


When you use RequestLocationUpdates to update the location in the foreground service, please achieve Android.Locations.ILocationListener interface and achieve the OnLocationChanged method.

Here is some related code

    public class LocationService : Service, ILocationListener
        const int SERVICE_RUNNING_NOTIFICATION_ID = 123;
        const string NOTIFICATION_CHANNEL_ID = "com.company.app.channel";

        readonly string logTag = "LocationService";
        IBinder binder;

        // Set our location manager as the system location service
        protected LocationManager LocMgr = Application.Context.GetSystemService("location") as LocationManager;

        // ILocationListener is a way for the Service to subscribe for updates
        // from the System location Service

        public void OnLocationChanged(Android.Locations.Location location)
            LocationChanged(this, new LocationChangedEventArgs(location));

            // This should be updating every time we request new location updates
            // both when teh app is in the background, and in the foreground
            Log.Debug(logTag, $"Latitude is {location.Latitude}");
            Log.Debug(logTag, $"Longitude is {location.Longitude}");
            Log.Debug(logTag, $"Altitude is {location.Altitude}");
            Log.Debug(logTag, $"Speed is {location.Speed}");
            Log.Debug(logTag, $"Accuracy is {location.Accuracy}");
            Log.Debug(logTag, $"Bearing is {location.Bearing}");

        public void OnProviderDisabled(string provider)
            ProviderDisabled(this, new ProviderDisabledEventArgs(provider));

        public void OnProviderEnabled(string provider)
            ProviderEnabled(this, new ProviderEnabledEventArgs(provider));

        public void OnStatusChanged(string provider, Availability status, Bundle extras)
            StatusChanged(this, new StatusChangedEventArgs(provider, status, extras));

        public event EventHandler<LocationChangedEventArgs> LocationChanged = delegate { };
        public event EventHandler<ProviderDisabledEventArgs> ProviderDisabled = delegate { };
        public event EventHandler<ProviderEnabledEventArgs> ProviderEnabled = delegate { };
        public event EventHandler<StatusChangedEventArgs> StatusChanged = delegate { };

        public override void OnCreate()
            Log.Debug(logTag, "OnCreate called in the Location Service");

        // This gets called when StartService is called in our App class
        [Obsolete("deprecated in base class")]
        public override StartCommandResult OnStartCommand(Intent intent, StartCommandFlags flags, int startId)
            Log.Debug(logTag, "LocationService started");

            // Check if device is running Android 8.0 or higher and call StartForeground() if so
            if (Build.VERSION.SdkInt >= BuildVersionCodes.O)
                var notification = new NotificationCompat.Builder(this, NOTIFICATION_CHANNEL_ID)

                var notificationManager =
                    GetSystemService(NotificationService) as NotificationManager;

                var chan = new NotificationChannel(NOTIFICATION_CHANNEL_ID, "On-going Notification", NotificationImportance.Min);


                StartForeground(SERVICE_RUNNING_NOTIFICATION_ID, notification);

            return StartCommandResult.Sticky;

        // This gets called once, the first time any client bind to the Service
        // and returns an instance of the LocationServiceBinder. All future clients will
        // reuse the same instance of the binder
        public override IBinder OnBind(Intent intent)
            Log.Debug(logTag, "Client now bound to service");

            binder = new LocationServiceBinder(this);
            return binder;

        // Handle location updates from the location manager
        public void StartLocationUpdates()
            //we can set different location criteria based on requirements for our app -
            //for example, we might want to preserve power, or get extreme accuracy
            var locationCriteria = new Criteria();

            locationCriteria.Accuracy = Accuracy.NoRequirement;
            locationCriteria.PowerRequirement = Power.NoRequirement;

            // get provider: GPS, Network, etc.
            var locationProvider = LocMgr.GetBestProvider(locationCriteria, true);
            Log.Debug(logTag, string.Format("You are about to get location updates via {0}", locationProvider));

            // Get an initial fix on location
            LocMgr.RequestLocationUpdates(locationProvider, 2000, 0, this);

            Log.Debug(logTag, "Now sending location updates");

        public override void OnDestroy()
            Log.Debug(logTag, "Service has been terminated");

            // Stop getting updates from the location manager:

Here is my demo, you can refer to it.