ElCondor · Nov 24, 2010 at 06:00 am

Why the Samsung Galaxy S GPS is Inaccurate and How to Fix it

GPS is one of those great innovations in the mobile smartphone market, as well as a nice piece of engineering. Some manufacturers really face the challenge to produce smartphones with great GPS hardware – a feature that has often been under exposed by many people; there aren’t much reviews covering the GPS quality. There is a pretty big difference in GPS quality between different manufacturers though: HTC does a great job at creating high-end hardware and software, but Samsung seems to be concentrating too much on other aspects of the device – the screen perhaps? Anyway, many people are saying that the GPS quality of the Galaxy devices is bad. And I guess they’re right. XDA member dangrayorg decided to write a very nice article which describes not only the basic technical side of GPS and why Samsung fails to deliver proper GPS functions, but he also created a guide with some advanced steps to improve the GPS functions on the Galaxy S.

Originally posted by dangrayorg

I’ve tried very hard to write a definitive post on SGS GPS performance. Below I try to give a balanced view of GPS performance in the SGS and provide definitive explanations of the various functions offered by the Broadcom BCM4751 chipset and their effects on the quality of the GPS fix. There is a lot of noise and conjecture on this subject in the XDA-developers forum; some right, some wrong, some missing the point entirely. Below is some educated guess work and some hard facts about exactly what will and will not help with GPS performance on the Samsung Galaxy S i9000.

Ready to read? Get yourself a cup of coffee and continue on to the thread!


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ElCondor is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users.
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