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[Q] Nexus won't see GPS satellites

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By thespot84, Junior Member on 19th December 2011, 10:45 PM
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I've had the nexus toro (LTE) for 5 days now and have had issues with the GPS since the start. It simply says 'searching' all the time and will not lock. I've installed GPS status, and it shows that it rarely if every sees a satellite (one might pop up, be gray for a second, then disappear).

Here's a pic comparing my OG droid to the nexus right next to each other:
(sorry i'm not allowed to post links yet)

Anyone have any ideas? I've turned GPS on/off, reset the gps cache using GPS Status, and can't think of anything else.
19th December 2011, 10:50 PM |#2  
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I have the same problem gps locks less than 50% of the time.
Galaxy nexus s LTE.
19th December 2011, 11:39 PM |#3  
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Its the same on the GSM version. Not much you can do about it unfortunately.
20th December 2011, 12:04 AM |#5  
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I feel like a dolt because I chatted with Samsung support and they had me soft-restart which fixed the issue.
22nd December 2011, 06:47 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by thespot84

I feel like a dolt because I chatted with Samsung support and they had me soft-restart which fixed the issue.

Don't; that is not a solution. On my Samsung Fascinate soft restarts would help get a lock on, but shortly after the GPS would lose connection to satellites.

Having to restart your phone every time you need to use GPS is a ridiculous inconvenience. This seems to be a major flaw in the chips / radios that Samsung chooses for GPS.
22nd December 2011, 06:53 PM |#7  
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i get gps locks in 2-3 fine.
23rd December 2011, 08:39 PM |#8  
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I'm glad to see others are noticing this problem. I posted a thread in another forum complaining about this:

Does anyone know if this is definitely a hardware issue? Is it possible that it's a bug in Google Maps that's causing the problem with ICS?
24th December 2011, 07:17 PM |#9  
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It doesn't have to be Google Maps it self. I have it in other apps as well which use the GPS.
Might be hardware, might not.
24th December 2011, 08:30 PM |#10  
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One of the main reasons I upgraded from the Galaxy S (fassy) was that it's GPS chip went from working not very well to not working at all. If I'm paying for a smart phone, I would like a to have GPS and maps.

So far I have not been disappointed with the GNex's GPS at all. Maybe I lucked out. Try downloading GPSfix from the market and see if that helps.
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