Does the 2.3.6 update fix the ultra weak GPS?Support

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  1. tshapiro

    tshapiro New Member

    When I take my Blackberry or Photon on a business trip I use them as my GPS as well. My Epic Touch usually fails to locate satellites or keep my lock so I have started carrying a Garmin GPS to ensure I can find my way. Does anyone who has actually received the 2.3.6 update confirm whether it addresses the GPS issue?

  2. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    I haven't used the GPS much since the update, but the one time I did use it it was fine. FYI, anytime my GPS wouldn't lock in the past all you have to do is put it in airplane mode for a second, then back off. Has worked every time for me.
  3. tshapiro

    tshapiro New Member

    So I recieved the update yesterday morning and have had a chance to try out the gps. With this I can report:

    While Samsung has the capability of producing the best screen on a smart phone, they have yet to figure out how to implement a reasonably fast or reliable gps. If you are a business traveller who depends on gps, you'd better have a back up plan or hope for clear sky's. And, hope your partner doesn't have an iPhone cause it's a little embarassing when their iPhone immediately locks onto gps and yours is bouncing around like it's drunk.

    FYI: I have updated A-GPS, use GPS Test, yada, yada, yada... gps still sucks.
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  4. Tommydaniel

    Tommydaniel Well-Known Member

    I haven't had any issues with my GPS locking. Worked perfect since day one.
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  5. moodswang

    moodswang Active Member

    Just updated about an hour ago. I haven't tried the GPS on the road yet but just turning on the Navigator and searching a couple of locations I can tell you that I am noticing a significant difference on how fast my phone locks in now. It really is locating and giving turn by turns instantly now. I'm pretty much blown away so far! Also noticed my Quadrant benchmark test went from about 3400 to 3900 on average.
  6. Javeline4

    Javeline4 Active Member

    I was having a lot of trouble with Google maps.
    The stock navigation and telnav GPS worked pretty well usually.
    The Facebook check-in GPS sucks big time.
  7. eluno

    eluno Well-Known Member

    my gps always worked fine outside it was inside were i would have problems. but with the new update it works pretty good inside too now:)
  8. elchinoloco

    elchinoloco Member

    No the EK02 didn't help my GPS problem at all. By turning the phone Off then On before I use my GPS, does help to get a GPS lock quickly.
  9. ODog2323

    ODog2323 Well-Known Member

    Off topic, but same here. Big jump in my score too. I also noticed quadrant is now seeing both cores. It was just showing one in the system info before.
  10. WaSTeLaNd

    WaSTeLaNd Well-Known Member

    I havent locked on to a sat. In over a week reallh big problem for me I run a mobile welding service and live in houston I just bought a tom tom gps and said screw it. Really sucks that I dont get full potential out of my very expensive phone, epic fail samsung big time
  11. Tommydaniel

    Tommydaniel Well-Known Member

    What part of Houston? I live in Houston too, and haven't experienced a single issue. I even got a replacement device because my screen went crazy and the GPS works great on the new one too.

    Another question, under the location and security options do you have all three checked??
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  12. b0x3r

    b0x3r Active Member

    i have also updated and have i cant say my GPS issues are solved ... whenever i use google maps it locks almost instantly ! not sure what everyone else's deal is ... but all good here !
  13. WaSTeLaNd

    WaSTeLaNd Well-Known Member

    I live in clear lake and thank you I thought they were checked but only use gps sat were. the allow google to get your location tab was unchecked anyways I checked it and boom locked on immediatly thank you, I feel silly now lol I should have known to check that
  14. mrcminnesota

    mrcminnesota Active Member

    I don't have sensor aiding checked because I have read where that may not allow the GPS to be accurate. I have GPS Status and GPS test installed to clear the cache but I don't believe I have used them since the update. It seems to be accurate at home although I have not checked while driving. Will need to do that.
  15. tshapiro

    tshapiro New Member

    Just got back from the sprint store where the sales guy said that there were no issues with the Epics gps. In fact several sales guys insisted there werent issues. They did an experiement to prove me wrong. They took the new and older model HTC evo's, a photon, an older galaxy, an iphone, and 2 newly updated epic touches. They tuned off wifi, turned off cell tower location, rebooted them all and went to google maps. To their surprise, but not mine, all the phones found our location rather quickly - except the epics. The epics sat on Searching for gps for over 7 minutes. They insisted Samsung must be working on a fix and that an update would be available any day - yeah right.
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  16. Travelmind

    Travelmind Member

    Can someone explain how you check to verify if you locked to a Satellite.. Thanks..
  17. Tommydaniel

    Tommydaniel Well-Known Member

    Glad I was able to help! :D I have always had all three checked and haven't run into any issues.
  18. MachineGunnWilly

    MachineGunnWilly Well-Known Member

    Ughhh, my phone has not given me any issues with gps until the update. Now I'm sitting there for 5 mins for it to locate me :-\
  19. suXor

    suXor Well-Known Member

    I can tell you, I dropped mine once, and GPS was never the same unless I squeezed the top of the phone or flexed it. Had to replace the phone.
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  20. Sangster

    Sangster New Member

    No problems with my my gps. I use mine for geocaching too, and it works as well or better than my EVO did. Great! Maybe I got lucky?
  21. Vincredible

    Vincredible New Member

    I've found that gps only works with 4G. I experimented in different parts of Texas and it's always only with 4G.
  22. Thefoodman52

    Thefoodman52 Well-Known Member

    Just a heads up, tshapiro pretty much hit the nail on the head.

    Every Samsung phone that I've tried (on sprint) from the Moment to the Epic touch, have horrid GPS in comparison to anything. I would, and will, definitely second the notion of having a backup plan if you need an accurate and reliable GPS solution for traveling/getting around.

    I actually chose my Evo 3D over this for this exact reason, and stability (though the touch doesn't bog down like the original epic does, thankfully). Personally, if it weren't for this, and slightly weaker WiFi, the Touch is a MUCH better device in my opinion.
    The speaker is better, GPU is stronger, etc. Its just lacking in what I need.

    Summing it all up; the GPS sucks, period. Takes far too long to lock, and is inaccurate when 'locked'.
    As a comparison, my 3D gets a lock within 8-15 seconds, and is down to 6ft accuracy within 30 seconds, whereas a touch right next to it is starting to lock on 45sec-1min in. Accuracy never more than ~300ft.
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  23. JackG058

    JackG058 Well-Known Member

    GPS slow locking is the one ding I'd have on my Epic Touch. No question mine locks on slowly. Once locked on I've not had any issues maintaining though, even when driving around the metro area. Not sure how well it would do away from the city though. Still, after several months of ownership now, I love my Epic Touch. Best phone I've ever had.
  24. marant

    marant Member

    Still relatively new to the Touch and still wrestling with GPS problems. It works at home where wifi is available, and I found out today when we went to Austin it works where I get 4G, but other than that I cannot get it to lock on. Isn't it supposed to go to the Sprint 3G signal if the others are not available? I have all 3 location boxes checked, but do not know of any other settings that may be needed. Lock on may be the incorrect term, since it does not seem to be a problem with the sats, rather it is a problem with accessing the maps. With my other gps units they contain all the maps, but it appears that with the Touch the maps are all in the cloud and must be downloaded individually as I try to set up a new route or destination. This is the reason for my question about access in 3G. Also Is this actually the case? Once I have loaded a destination it seems to be kept in the phone, and I do not need to connect to Sprint to be able to navigate to it again.

    I do have 2.3.6

    One other thing, is it possibly a problem with roaming on non Sprint towers and not being able to connect for data?

    When it does work it works very well. Even took us around a round-about in the Costco parking lot!
  25. 2ndaccord

    2ndaccord Well-Known Member

    Ever since the update I haven't had a problem with GPS. But when. I used to have problems then I would use an app called agps. It will cause you GPS to lock immediately if you reset your GPS.

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