AT&T Note 3 GPS Navigation Issues

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By willreds, Junior Member on 9th October 2013, 01:16 AM
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First off, the phone I was using before I got the Note 3 was the original AT&T Galaxy Note, so my expectations for the Note 3 were pretty high. When I used the Google Nav app on the OG Note, I really liked how reliable it was and the many options it had like picking routes without tolls for example (my favorite ). The only gripes I had about the OG Note was that occasionally, it would take over a minute or two to get a GPS signal. But once it did, it worked like a champ!

So now we move on to the Note 3.

The first thing I noticed was that there was no dedicated app for Google Navigation. I looked on the Google Play store and I didn't find it there either. So when I checked Google Map app, I saw that that was the only way I could access the navigation feature. Personally, I'm not a fan of Google deciding to merge to two apps together, but I guess in the long run, it'll make sense over time.

Now, another issue I noticed when I first used the navigation feature was the HUGE lack of options navigation is missing. Like I said previously, the OG Note had a lot of features and options that let you tweak how you wanted to set your routes. But the Note 3's navigation 'options' are almost bare-bones! On the settings tab on the lower left hand side, the options you have are things like Google location settings, distance units, and maps history; So I'm like "what the hell?!" So then, when I set my route, I try to see if the options are imbedded in the GPS map screen when you start to use the GPS nav, but.... there's only 4 options (route preview, step-by-step list, mute voice guidance, and satellite view ). What the hell happened to the other options?! Is there some way to get to the other options that I'm not aware of? I really hope so.

Now, as I start to drive to the destination I had set for my route, I notice even MORE issues. First thing I notice to my dismay is that the GPS voice sounds... off (and that's putting it nicely). It just sounds muffled and to me, it seems like the voice doesn't finish the end of the words properly - kind of off putting, IMO. Also, I noticed that when I stopped my vehicle, the little blue triangle that indicates your position on the map tends to move slightly more forward before it completely stops movement. Also, I saw that while at a complete stop, the map starts to go in circles, leading one to believe that the routes changed on the fly (I can see this as a problem if one were to look away from the screen for a bit, and then once you move, the map fixes it's direction again, and that could lead to some confusion while you're trying to momentarily figure out what happened).

So there you have it. That's my experience with the Note 3's newer version of Google Maps. Perhaps It's my phone that's having issues with it's GPS functions. So I'd like to know from others here if they're having similar issues with their navigation.
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9th October 2013, 01:24 AM |#2  
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thats actually google's doing, you'll find that on all new versions of the os
9th October 2013, 02:19 AM |#3  
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Indeed, like tom said above, this is google's updated version of maps that happened months ago. Consider yourself lucky that you never updated it on your older Note. There's been many complaints about them stripping out features that were once in the older version of maps. In my note 2, I at least had an option to uninstall the update after I tried it out but since our Note 3 came with the newer version preinstalled, there is no older version to revert back to.

Once I feel comfortable with our root options, i'll sideload the old apk back in.

The one thing that is Samsung's issue that you mentioned was the voice. For some reason or another, Samsung stripped out Google's default TTS engine. I really have no idea what the reasoning behind this is, but.. there you have it. You're stuck with Samsung's TTS engine or some other third party one in the market.
9th October 2013, 02:31 AM |#4  
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Got spoiled with Note 1 and 2. Exchanged my Note 3 after comparing GPS with Tmo and AT&T showroom displays. Replacement is better but not spot on accurate as 1&2.
New one has sloppy home button tho

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9th October 2013, 03:15 AM |#5  
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I used the GPS 3 times today on the Note 3 and had no issues. I actually like the new Google Maps, it seems like more accurate than before.
9th October 2013, 08:06 AM |#6  
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It has nothing to do with the note. Update your old phones apps and SURPRISEEEE!!! You have the new app. I highly doubt your arrow is spinning if it is restart your phone. Your compass needs to calibrate, move your phone in a figure 8 pattern. You're nitpicking and have no reason to blame the note. HTC Motorola and everyone else has your same "problems". Get over it. You want another route option right after you enter your destination the options are right there. You're not accepting of change. Yea the maps app is new just live with it.

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9th October 2013, 08:15 AM |#7  
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yeah. i like the old google map better, it also ask you what navigation app you want to you. so you can use your favorite navigation app.
i tried the new google map, it' useable, it' not that bad.
if you want to use your favorite navigation app, just install a older version of google map and dont update it.
9th October 2013, 08:22 AM |#8  
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Interesting I have all 3 notes and all the GPS's work fantastic.
9th October 2013, 04:00 PM |#9  
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Originally Posted by YellowGTO

Interesting I have all 3 notes and all the GPS's work fantastic.

Do you use them all at once?
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9th October 2013, 04:30 PM |#10  
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I agree as well the merger of the 2 was horrible but I have yet to find any issue with gps.

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---------- Post added at 11:30 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:29 AM ----------

I guess giggle wants everyone to use ways

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10th October 2013, 03:47 AM |#11  
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my note 3 is having an issue also - the arrow to indicate the position you are traveling is pointed about 15 degrees clockwise... i am going to keep checking and hopefully it gets better.
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