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!


_________
Want something on the XDA Portal? Send us a tip!
Emil Kako · Mar 2, 2015 at 01:03 pm · 1 comment

How Do You Usually Access the XDA Forums?

There are a number of different apps on the Play Store that make browsing the XDA portal and forums a fun experience on mobile, but we want to know: What's your favorite way to access the XDA forums? Do you prefer browsing on the desktop, mobile app, or mobile browser? If you use a mobile app, which one? Let us know how you connect with our community in the comment section below.

DISCUSS
Faiz Malkani · Mar 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm · no comments

Google Announces Plans for Projects Titan, Loon and Link

Once a year, top players in the mobile sphere gather for MWC, to show off what they've been working on and collectively set the standard for the year to come. Yesterday was a big day with the launch of HTC and Samsung's flagships, alongside numerous other announcements, and today it was Google's turn to take the stage. SVP Sundar Pichai took the stage in Barcelona to speak about Google's network initiatives, Project Link and Project Loon, as well as to...

XDA NEWS
Mario Tomás Serrafero · Mar 2, 2015 at 11:36 am · 1 comment

Intel at MWC 2015: New Chip Branding and Details

Intel showed its face at MWC 2015 to give the world a yearly update on their upcoming line of chipsets for mobile. While last year the company focused on gathering partnerships and strengthening up their services, architectures and production, now they are revamping their Atom line of SoCs for mobile with a new brand name and a distinctive category format much like that of their i3/i5/i7 line of personal computing processors. The new scheme will be naming the chips x3, x5...

XDA NEWS
Share This