Will Verduzco · Jul 23, 2012 at 06:00 am

Galaxy Nexus GPS Issues Over the Weekend?

If you own a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and have attempted to use your GPS in the last few days, you more than likely noticed one thing: It simply could not obtain a GPS fix. Unlike previous GPS issues tied to Samsung devices, however, this is not due to any fault in the hardware.

Prior to Friday, GPS generally worked perfectly for most users, obtaining a full GPS fix in as brief of a time as expected on any modern phone. However, as of three days ago, this became an impossibility for most Galaxy Nexus owners. Luckily, the issue appears to be resolved now. But what caused this in the first place?

The GPS issues seemingly had no correlation with the firmware running on users’ phones. It indiscriminately affected users on both Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean—running stock or custom ROMs. Rather than assuming that everyone’s GPS hardware decided to go awry at the exact same time, users quickly realized that disabling location services seemed to ease the issue.

As stated before, though, GPS functionality is now restored, and users do not have to disable location services in order to obtain a fix. Regardless of the current state of functionality, it would still be nice to hear from the mothership as to what exactly happened.

Want to learn more? Join in on the discussion thread.

[Big thanks to ajm786 and MikeChannon for the tip!]
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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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