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Samsung Galaxy Nexus GPS bug discovered after Jelly Bean update

Samsung Galaxy Nexus GPS bug discovered after Jelly Bean update
Quite a few Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners have already been blessed with an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, yet the experience has not been exactly buttery smooth for some. Users are reporting that the new software contains a GPS bug, which renders the functionality unusable.

Now, the situation isn't as bad as it seems since the glitch can be easily squashed. Before you try to fix anything, however,you might want to make sure that your Samsung Galaxy Nexus is affected. To do that, make sure that you are at a place where GPS signal can be received. Then open Google Maps and check if a "Searching for GPS..." notification appears. If you get the notification and the blinking GPS icon is absent, then your device is affected.

In order to get rid of the glitch, go to Settings>Location Services, unmark the "Google's location service" option and then mark it again. It has been reported by a number of users that this takes care of the issue, so it should work for you as well. Has anyone fallen a victim to this glitch? Let us know by dropping a comment.

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posted on 24 Jul 2012, 00:36 4

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

Have you considered waiting for the new iPhone before making any decision?? It is finally has 4g lte, 1gb ram, and much more equal spec compare with this (be reminded that both does not support flash too) by just add some penny to purchase it... Not bad isn't it :)

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 00:55 6

3. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


posted on 24 Jul 2012, 04:51 3

5. longhairbilly (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Aug 2010)

I have a Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean and flash works just fine. Flash is not supported in the Chrome for phone browser. It works just fine on the stock mobile browser.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 21:51

11. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

I'm surprised to hear that. Adobe states in their description of Flash that it will not be supported past Android 4.0.x. Are you sure it's Flash working and not HTML5?

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 00:57 3

4. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

The truth would be ignored as usual. Samsung phones aren't strangers to GPS issues. The Galaxy S2 supposedly had problems with the GPS. Go figure.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 21:50

10. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

GS1 had the problems, not 2.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 03:29

12. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

There's been reports of GPS problems on the GS2 as well.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 05:16 1

6. BadAssAbe (Posts: 465; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

The "New" 2012 iphone's "New" features will be
a bigger screen 4in
faster dual core prossecor
1Gb ram
5mp camera

a 2011 Samsung galaxy nexus W/O Camera flash, MHL, NFC,USB OTG and more

Apple will not add more new features than those because it will raise production cost to high and everybody knows Apple has to get PAyed

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 00:53

2. Hammerfest (Posts: 384; Member since: 12 May 2012)

Just sounds like the option got set in a file and it didnt update the UI, unticking then reticking the option refreshed and synced up the UI+File...


Oh, and FLASH! (Sideload Flash works on JB, at least the SDK for me, dont have a native device right now)

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 05:58 3

7. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

That sad jelly bean picture is funny....lol.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 13:37

8. neptune.joel (Posts: 23; Member since: 12 Jan 2011)

thx for the info..

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 21:19

9. Endruu (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

First experienced the problem last week when I was heading out for a run and Runkeeper was trying to get a signal lock...then experiencing it again when trying to get navigation to work.

Thanks, this slight annoyance has been solved, hopefully Google will come up with a permanent fix soon enough with the next update...that and the issue with its gallery images not being sorted according to the most recent image after prolonged usage


posted on 25 Jul 2012, 06:44

13. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)

it may be just a google maps problem with the galaxy nexus. Recently mine wasn't properly functioning and would indicate I was in locations about half a mile from where I actually was. Using google navigation was certainly no butter ball turkey experience.

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