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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by That1GirlYana, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. That1GirlYana

    That1GirlYana Lurker
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    Does anyone know what this notification icon is for? I have a GS3 and I've searched Google for an answer but can't seem to find one. I just want to know what it means :thinking: :p

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  2. That1GirlYana

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  3. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog

    Hi and Welcome to the forums :)

    I think its a GPS Icon
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  4. gtbarry

    gtbarry Android Expert

    That looks like an old gingerbread icon. But you have an S3. What version of Android you have?
  5. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Ive never seen that on my s3 tbh. If its an app doing it i think there will be something in the notification panel (pull down) too? If there is, long-tap the notification and tap "app info" :thumbup:
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  6. That1GirlYana

    That1GirlYana Lurker
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    1. Thank you for the welcome :)
    2. Running 4.1.2 (stupid US getting updates last lol Canada is already on 4.2.2)
    3. Its not an app lol it shows up on the right hand side like gps and bluetooth. I actually sell phones for VZ, AT&T, and T-Mobile, but thank you for trying to teach me nicely ^-^ I've only seen it on one other S3. It was a new T-Mobile one that I activated. Mine however is Verizon so I don't think its a provider thing either.
  7. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Hmm i dont know then man. Ive certainly never seen it on my non carrier branded (samsung firmware) international s3 :thinking:
    P.s i dont think samsung have officially released a 4.2 based firmware for any s3s yet mate :thumbup:

    Sorry if i appear to be trying to "teach" a carrier salesman btw :D:beer:
  8. gtbarry

    gtbarry Android Expert

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  9. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Android Expert

    It's the GPS icon but that particular style I haven't seen since the age of e911 location enabled phones. I recall disabling it or hacking nam programming to disable it, as I don't like emergency services knowing my location. Back then, GPS navigation on phones was impossible, it was just there for cops and the like to monitor you, ala CSI. Today that icon should be replaced with a satellite dish icon (Gingerbread, Froyo, and below) and now a flashing target site icon (Android 4.x). I would be surprised to see this limited e911 GPS service on a new smartphone especially one like the Galaxy S3. However, if Samsung is reviving the e911 location service like they have been reviving the stylus, I won't be buying an S3 when and if I ever decided to upgrade in the future.
  10. That1GirlYana

    That1GirlYana Lurker
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    Could have sworn I read an article on it the other day but I could have been wrong, it wouldn't be the first time lol :)
  11. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Android Expert

    This specific icon means e911 location service active. I honestly haven't seen it since my last flip phone. Most smartphones only use GPS for navigation. I'd be worried if e911 rears its ugly head again. If I recall, there is also a setting to have it set always enabled (which seems to be in your case) or emergency calls only ( makes the beam symbol disappear leaving the target symbol by itself). I'm guessing this is a CDMA phone through Verizon or Sprint? e911 was mainly a CDMA offering.
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  12. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Ive never even heard of that here. So its like a location thing for emergency services? That would seem like a good thing to me if i trusted the government to use it as intended (and im not one of these tinfoil hat people) :D
  13. gtbarry

    gtbarry Android Expert

    Don't worry, NSA's got your back.
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  14. LilBit

    LilBit Extreme Android User

    Moved to the device specific forum for better flow of info.:)
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  15. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Yaay :D how about the NRA? :p:beer:
  16. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

  17. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    People seriously read phone manuals? My dad does but tbh.... hes a bit of a... dad lol :p (and owns a Windows Phone) :banghead: :)
  18. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    electronics.. don't use the manual. I like to play with it...
    i normally only break open the manual seal.. when I see something I cant figure out. Like icons that I don't know. :p

    but new video games.. I am reading the manual first.. to see if there are any hints given. and of course.. to see what the icons are
  19. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Lol thankfully im not a gamer (cant read) :p:)
  20. Palmetto Fellow

    Palmetto Fellow Android Expert

    I wouldn't worry about my phone giving up my location to the government. They already know where you are. :p
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  21. allDroidnow

    allDroidnow Newbie

    Interesting! I also have that symbol on my Verizon phone, so I just searched through my phone and there is a statement in the Location Services/My location area in Settings which states: E911 location services cannot be turned off on any mobile cellular phone.
  22. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Android Expert

    Correct, however they can usually be disabled for normal calls and enabled only for emergency calls. Ir he worried about cops profiling me. If they had to rely on cellular triangulation it makes it harder for them. Besides, I'm a fan of nature and don't believe in doctors and refuse medication. If emergency services cannot find me should my phone be high tech enough to act as a medical tricorder (given the pace of tech it wouldn't surprise me) id feel better. I wouldn't like the idea of waking up in a hospital.
  23. johnboy829

    johnboy829 Newbie

    I have it on my Verizon s3. I hate it its annoying
  24. That1GirlYana

    That1GirlYana Lurker
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    Yeah pretty much lol
  25. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    i wish the gov.. can tell me where I left my phone!!!!
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