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Shocking GPS

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Arterion, May 5, 2010.

  1. Arterion

    Arterion Member
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    Hi all, I got my Desire today and I have to say I'm fairly impressed apart from what could only be described as shockingly poor GPS performance. It places my current location as several miles away from where I actually am- not even inside the blue circle- which renders the device useless for anything such as finding directions or as a SatNav.

    Is there any way to improve this awful awful performance?
     

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  2. Its_Red

    Its_Red Well-Known Member
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    Hi sorry can't fix it but it definitely does not sound normal as my Desire's GPS gets pinpointed to within a couple of feet even when in doors.
     
  3. WozzaX

    WozzaX Well-Known Member
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    Have you made sure that the gps funtion is enabled?

    Settings/Location/ Use GPS satellites = Ticked?

    Other wise the wireless networks option will triangulate your position and wont be exact.

    That sound like your problem.
     
  4. hippy247

    hippy247 Well-Known Member
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    I think you will find that google navigation is as good as or possibly better than tomtom. I use car locater and it knows my exact position and like I have already said, you need to try google navigation, you will be surprised how accurate it really is.

    A lot of people find that the actual phone sometimes says you are a couple of miles down the road but all the apps know your exact location :)
     
  5. byron_hinson

    byron_hinson Well-Known Member
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    Yeah was going to post the same thing. It isn't on by default so switching on GPS via Satellites makes it perfect. Mine works brilliantly
     
  6. WozzaX

    WozzaX Well-Known Member
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    Mines spot on when i am out and about and even when I get the train home.

    Its hit and miss when I am indoors though.

    But then that obvious to everyone I hope.
     
  7. picko

    picko Active Member
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    Surprised at your post as mine is spot-on, have you checked menu / settimgs / location and tick use gps satelites.
     
  8. Elsie

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    My Desire has been stunningly accurate except on Monday afternoon when (for the first time) I needed to use the Sat Nav to get to Manchester Airport. All the way there it was saying I was in the highlands of Scotland or worse, the middle of the sea!

    The stupid thing was I was clicking on "My Location" and it showed me where I was but when asking for navigation to start it kept taking me to Scotland! When I got to within 30 miles of home it started working properly and hasn't failed me since.

    Weird!
     
  9. NZtechfreak

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    As others have pointed out, the location data you're being shown there isn't GPS based. Enable it in settings. GPS is excellent in this device.
     
  10. OFI

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    When I get my location by triangulation from home it puts it 2 or 3 miles away which is fair enough..

    But strangely the dead centre of the blue circle is my old house!
     
  11. Arterion

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    Dopey idiot, I'd assumed GPS was on by default, all sorted now, thanks for the intel.

    Also, OFI, that's spooky!
     
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