Is anyone else's Google Maps Location WAY off?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by scottmbolt, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. scottmbolt

    scottmbolt Well-Known Member
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    I live by an Interstate freeway (I-275) ... but obviously when I am sitting in my home I am not physically on the interstate. I am in my dining room right now, and Google Maps shows my location to be on I-275, which is probably about 1/4 a mile away from me. Does anyone else have this type of problem with Google Maps? I can't find a way to refresh my location and try to get it to be somewhere actually near me. I understand it is going to be off, but when I want to "drive to" somewhere, its throws the whole route off, because it shows me being on the freeway and not off of the road that my house sits on.
     

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  2. apollomaker

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    Sounds like your Hero is using a cell site to locate itself, as opposed to using GPS. Make sure you have all your location features "checked ON" including GPS. Hopefully you have a GPS status app installed too so you can tell when your GPS is truly providing position information as well.

    Good Luck!!!! ;)
     
  3. scottmbolt

    scottmbolt Well-Known Member
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    ahaha! Stupid me. I for some reason had GPS off, and in the process of wondering why Google Maps wasn't working, I never check that simple setting.

    Thanks!

    Also, for location, should all three be checked? I heard on of them should be "unchecked" to save battery. Just a small side question, if you don't mind :D
     
  4. momoceio

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    Wireless location should be unchecked if you are worried about battery life. However, anything that needs location information won't work without your GPS on then.
     
  5. apollomaker

    apollomaker Well-Known Member
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    Well, it varies as to what needs to be on, versus what application you are running but in general, I find myself turning the location features on to do some activity, then turning them off to save battery life. GPS especially involves a lot of processing and takes noticable power. Just turn off what you can when you are not using them, and you should be fine.

    Cheers --- :)
     
  6. scottmbolt

    scottmbolt Well-Known Member
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    Thanks fellas!
     
  7. tripwire's_hero

    tripwire's_hero Well-Known Member
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    Can't tell you how disappointed I am in the GPS in this phone...:(

    I'm coming from a 3 year old samsung slider (mysto) with googlemaps and GPS that was always on, and it was accurate to the half meter. I used it often for geocaching and it was always accurate.

    My hero is pathetic in comparison. Even with GPS enabled, it's never more accurate than 10-20 meters, and it sucks battery life like a V8 uses gas. Oh well. small trade to make, considering all it does...
     
  8. awesomecomb

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    Thats one of the big trade off of smart phones. The battery is going to be crap compared to a dumb phone. Now the accuracy of your gps baffles me, my hero is spot on.
     
  9. momoceio

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    My Hero's GPS is always very close...just a meter or so away. Hell, that's one of the things that it's been praised for in comparison to phones such as the Moment.
     
  10. BigJayTX

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    Occasionally, my GPS will be about 200 miles off until I power cycle the phone. It doesn't happen often, but it can be irritating. I live in Austin, TX and from time to time my phone will think I'm northwest of Ft. Worth.
     
  11. dominicanyor

    dominicanyor Well-Known Member
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    Is there another type of battery that has more power and that will last longer for the phones?
     
  12. ejpyle

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    I had this same exact problem...I am off I35 in Texas and anytime I load up Google Maps my location is off by about a mile and within 5 minutes it pops to the correct location. My GPS is always running. I wonder if there is a bug with it. It seems like it tries to use cell towers for triangulating the location before it realizes GPS is on. Its a nuisance.
     
  13. hempwallace

    hempwallace Well-Known Member
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    Maybe you're been abducted by aliens and you really are NW of Fort Worth. I heard that's where they probe places that your really don't want probed. :eek:
     
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