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Better and Faster GPS Fixes on SGS2 I9100G
Devices having issues with getting a good GPS fix is a topic that we’ve covered in the past. In some cases, this can be fixed through software. In others, hardware mods are also required. No matter the method, getting a quicker and more stable GPS fix is always something developers are exploring. Now there’s a GPS fix for the Samsung Galaxy S II I9100G that helps make GPS lock on faster.
The mod is based on the well known AGPS Patch by XDA Senior Member crypted. It was then given some device-specific tweaks and released by XDA Senior Member Ryuinferno. In terms of features, the GPS fix shares some common features with AGPS. As Ryuinferno explains:
This patch can be used regardless of your location (no need to modify ntp servers). The first fix after a reboot may take up to a minute, but subsequent fixes require only seconds! The device will also lock onto 7-9 satellites (3-4 before patch), which provides accuracy up to 5m.
The mod is easy enough to install and is compatible with both CyanogenMod 9 and stock ICS. Simply download the zip and flash in recovery. So far user reports are mixed. Some are reporting a massive improvement while others are reporting that there was no big improvement seen. One must remember that if the GPS already locks at high accuracy in a matter of seconds, so it’s not going to get much better than that.
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