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New Google Nexus 7 having GPS problems

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New Google Nexus 7 having GPS problems
Several owners of the new Google Nexus 7 have resorted to posting on online forums about a problem they are having with their new tablet. The problem has to do with the GPS system on the slate. According to one owner of the new Nexus 7, the device will lock on to the satellite with no problem and you can be located or navigate your way around town for 10 to 30 minutes before the tracking suddenly stops. One user reports that his GPS goes out after just two minutes!

The tablet then goes into searching mode with the GPS icon blinking. According to these hard luck Nexus 7 owners, sometimes rebooting the slate helps, sometimes it doesn't. Even exchanging the affected unit for another one didn't solve the problem for at least one owner.

According to that same owner of the slate, Google is aware of the situation and is working on a fix, although details were sketchy as to when it might be rolled out. We are wondering how many of our readers have a new Nexus 7 that is just as balky when it comes to the GPS signal. Drop us a comment in the box below. And as far as an update from Google is concerned, keep your eyes right here. As soon as we hear about it, we will pass along the word to you.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: Google

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posted on 09 Aug 2013, 00:34

1. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Another problem involving Android 4.3? Or the hardware?

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 00:41

2. imkyle (Posts: 948; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


My nexus 4 had trouble detecting my location on Maps. Not sure if it is 4.3 or the newest update to the maps that's causing the problem.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 02:07 1

3. deacz (Posts: 147; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


asus, they dont have the best track record with gps

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 04:13 2

4. Piotrek007 (Posts: 76; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


IMO its all about the new updated 4.3, cant say they dont have good gps as previous Nexus 7 never had such problems...

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 06:14 1

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 9313; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


If its a software issue, no biggie. If its a hardware issue, then watch out.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 06:59

8. jove39 (Posts: 1206; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Luckily mine has no issue with GPS so far...but WiFi reception is not very good...even when connected...apps like Google+ and Play Store...would say no connection... Retry! Wonder if someone else had similar situation...I have disabled...WiFi optimization... Which helped in achieving data speed...but connection problems remains!

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 08:36

9. mrfooter (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


I'm one of the 2013 Nexus 7 owners who is having the GPS problem. If you'd like to test yours it can seem to work but if you run two apps that use GPS (in my case Maps and Endomondo) and either drive or at least walk outside of your wifi signal it will drop and just keep searching. Dropping GPS can occur anywhere from a couple of minutes up to about an hour after initial lock.
Mine also has an erratic touch screen where I get multiple hits on the keyboard when typing as in "thiiiiiiiis succccks". It also shows up on occasion during pinch to zoom. I'll be returning it to Best Buy today as per Google Support who had me do a factory reset which didn't help then tried to wipe the cache partition with no luck. Each of these remedies seemed to fix it for a short time but sure enough it eventually lost the signal and then just kept searching.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 11:16

12. jove39 (Posts: 1206; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...initially I got defective N7 from staples...it had multiple dead pixels in vertical lines...but they replaced it immediately.

link to image -https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BydRxJPti_uAQU5PWVo0WVR6bGs/edit?usp=sharing

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 11:31

13. jove39 (Posts: 1206; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I am able to replicate gps issue...I cached maps first to make sure it doesn't need data connection...but it dropped gps right after I walked out of range! This thing is going back to staples!

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 16:55

15. afremont (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


Out of range of what? I can't imagine how the problem has anything to do with the WiFi unless the WiFi radio boosts its power so much in trying to communicate with the router that it desenses the GPS. At least from a hardware standpoint.

From a software standpoint, I could see some kind of problem from the location services which oversees all this when trying to determine location. Perhaps it wigs out when then signal is lost from the access point and doesn't correctly handle the transition to the GPS, possibly because it isn't locked yet. After that it may sit in a brain dead state. With software all things are possible.

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 09:37 1

10. verbalize (Posts: 67; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Lol... A lot of problems. You get what you pay for. Low-cost equals low-quality.. Ouch

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 13:13 2

14. LionStone (Posts: 434; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Haha! Best screen on a tablet, dual speakers, NFC, best software, notification light, wireless charging...32GB for $269.! Apple would charge twice that and give you 1/2 as much...oh wait, they do! :-)

posted on 09 Aug 2013, 10:00 2

11. afremont (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


Mine works fine after manually clearing cache data using GPS Status and applying all updates manually. It did have problems before doing that. It now locks quickly and will work with multiple apps at the same time. I've only done a 20 minute test in the car, but it worked correctly.

I feel this is a software issue based upon what I've read so far and also based upon my personal experience with the device. Allot of people are refusing to allow updates, how they expect this to resolve itself for them without doing any updates baffles me.

posted on 20 Aug 2013, 18:24

16. robfish (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


I cleared cache data and my Nexus 7 is already up to date but my GPS indicator still flashes. I do not think it is a 4.3 problem because my Nexus 4 works fine.

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