General Google Maps GPS Phreakout

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Berwyn Bill, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Berwyn Bill

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    So I'm driving on I-294 outside of Chicago and bring up Google Maps to check the traffic on the expressway. To my surprise it shows my position dot and nothing around it. Puzzled, I zoom out to find I'm smack in the middle of Easter Island. Yep, the place with the giant stone heads in the middle of the ocean. I try resetting the map, rebooting Google maps... still Easter Island. I power down the phone and reboot it and though it takes forever to lock in, it's correct now.
    Fast forward a couple of days and I bring up GM and there I am in good ol' Mexico. WTF!?! Same story, won't believe I'm not south of the border until I power down and back up.
    It's happened a number of times now (no place as exotic as Easter Island though) and it's getting aggravating as hell. Anyone else have a similar experience?
     

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  2. HuskyKMA

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    Yesterday mine was saying I was somewhere in rural Texas. This morning it was Twin Falls, Idaho. I live in Seattle. I don't know what's up, but it seems to be working okay right now.

    Edit: Whoops! Just checked and evidently I'm in Salt Lake City right now. :eek:
     
  3. OfTheDamned

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    I had this happen to me one time. I was apparently in Portland for some reason. It turned out to be an app that I had just installed that was messing with it. I uninstalled the app and restarted. It has worked fine ever since.
     
  4. timmywa

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    My wife was showing up in northern british columbia when we were heading east out of Spokane, WA. Nothing we tried worked. Couple hours later in Montana, it worked itself out. Quite frustrating.
    Otd, what app was it?
     
  5. mattjphoto

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    Mine says I'm in the house next door.
     
  6. OfTheDamned

    OfTheDamned The Friendly Undead
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    Sorry, I don't remember what the app was. I'm kind of an app slut. I install a lot and delete a lot.
     
  7. greenmunky

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    The EXACT same thing happened to me a few days ago. Easter Island first, then the tip of one of the Mexican peninsulas. I think the app that could be to blame is called Mobile Defender... I donno this for sure but I installed it a day or two before Eater Island. Those are the only GPS freakouts I've had so far but then again I don't use Google Maps very often.
     
  8. WARRIIOR

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    Get out of my house.
     
  9. manderle

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    GPS Status was the app that screwed things up for me. Everything ok after a reboot then if I launched that app, until the next reboot the maps was screwed up again. Uninstalled. GPS Test does the same and more and no problems noted.
     
  10. dhrandy

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    Mine was saying I was in another state yesterday. Today it can't get my location.
     
  11. pkopalek

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    Mine was putting me at a location where I had been several hours before. The directions that it was giving me were correct, but on Latitude, it was telling my old location.

    It worked after a reboot.
     
  12. trekgraham

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    The worst my gps has done is other part of town. But normally in navigation it shows me 50-100 ft off the road on the more country roads. But again I'm on a different phone. My friend just got an Eris and loves it even though he hasn't downloaded anything yet. Next month his brother is getting a motorola droid.
     
  13. aleis

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    i remember doing the *228 and option 1 and 2 to fix mine.
    i think i turned the gps off and on also.
     
  14. Berwyn Bill

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    LOL! I did take the time to go to Satellite view of Easter Island and look for the heads. You can kind of see them and the shadows they cast.

    I've never had Mobile Defender but do have a number of apps that could be culprits. The only apps I installed around the time of the problem starting that have permissions for location were an update to Movies by Flixster and the Directv app to set my dvr. I'll uninstall Movies first and see if that helps. If it doesn't, I'll start cutting out more.
     
  15. carmendiva

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    rofl@this

    Hey this has nothing to do with this thread but I wanted to ask OTD, when root becomes available will you be rooting??

    You seem to be an expert on most things(almost all) eris so i was curious
     
  16. OfTheDamned

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    Thanks, but I am by no means an expert. As to root, I have not made up my mind yet. Part of me really wants to, but I will have to weight the pros and cons once we have both root and 2.1.
     
  17. n1ghtwish

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    wow, I'm glad I'm not the only one who got punked by Google maps yesterday...

    I live in Las Vegas and I was trying to get to a buddy's house and according to Google, I was in Barstow, CA.

    It's NOT April 1st yet!!!!
     
  18. goofdad

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    Damn ... you mean that wasn't you I saw walking down the street in Portland last week?

    Oh, wait ...

    Would have been nice if it was, tho ... Portland is not -that- bad.
     
  19. Caddyman

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    Mine says im in delaware....


    Oh shiiii

    its right
     
  20. Mine said I was across town earlier
     

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