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    I bought a brand new Nexus 7 (2013) and am having problems with the Satellite GPS. The GPS only works for about 10 minutes or so after first using it. If I swap apps or use another app that uses GPS, my GPS dies (I'm testing using GPS Status with WiFi off).

    I have to completely power off the device and power it back on again for it to work once more.

    UPDATE 1: I've found that you can go to Settings > Location Access and turn off "Access to my location", wait a minute and turn it back on. Then it seems to work again. However, switching apps, breaks it yet again. Ugh!

    UPDATE 2: Above trick on the settings doesn't always work. Sure fire is to reboot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BgameDroid View Post
    I bought a brand new Nexus 7 (2013) and am having problems with the Satellite GPS. The GPS only works for about 10 minutes or so after first using it. If I swap apps or use another app that uses GPS, my GPS dies (I'm testing using GPS Status with WiFi off).

    I have to completely power off the device and power it back on again for it to work once more.
    I've had the same issue with mine I'm going to try factory reset if that doesn't fix it I'm going to exchange at Best Buy tomorrow

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    I'm also having this issue

    It only appears to work for a short period of time after it is booted up, even when using wifi to detect the position later. Once the GPS is lost, it's lost for good until reboot (bad to find that out on a roadtrip using the Nexus as a test device!).

    Is this a defective unit issue or what?

    Edit: It seems like if I open GPS Test up and let it run, it'll continue to track the position fine for several minutes (30+ minutes). As soon as I tab out of the program, the GPS ceases to function until reboot. Sounds like a software issue, but I'm wondering if everyone has it at the moment or just a few people.
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    I can confirm mine does the same thing. Hopefully software.

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    Same problem.
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    Now the GPS icon is absent from the drop down tab
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    Having the same problem here! thought I fixed it first by doing the trick to clear out cache of google system framework and also maps while the gps and location access is turned completely off, reboot turn it all back on and should be resolved. Helped make it better but still the gps would cease to work after 10-20 minutes of switching between gps apps. So I thought well after the two system updates, hard reset the tablet and see if that fixes the problem!

    I had the gps today running for about 3 or 4 hours off and on with out the issue! Then i start installing my apps again, tweaking the system settings for everything, install older version of gas buddy which I think is one of the culprits, use it lock on to gps switch back and forth between gps status, gps test, maps, gasbuddy and then wala gps does not work but shows flashing searching for satellites icon all the time and its like the GPS gives out. I think its a memory problem or overstack flow with the gps driver that was compiled for android 4.3. Its like the buffer gets filled up while switching between gps apps off and on it goes with AGPS data then it cant handle it no more so it just ceases to work. then couple of hours later on its own it works intermittenly after driver resets on its own?

    Go look for my threads over at XDA NEXUS & 2013 threads. (skyhawk21)

    I have other tablets that are way older, galaxy S3 phone with similiar hardware and gps and it use to have the same problem with the first jellybean update, now with the current verizon update for the S3 the gps works good!

    I do not know if I should exchange it or not, when the gps works it works good, then it flakes out which I assume is software/driver related!
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    I'm having the same issue... thought it was just me so I returned my device for a different one. I have a support case with Google... hopefully they're aware others are having the same problem.
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    When I had the old N7 I had the same issue. It seemed like I was the only one who did. A factory reset solved the issue.


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    Just talked to support on this issue and it seems to fix the issue for me. Go to settings, storage, go to cached data, click on and check ok to clear cached data. So far gps is working just fine. Try it and please report back
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    Quote Originally Posted by theswede View Post
    Just talked to support on this issue and it seems to fix the issue for me. Go to settings, storage, go to cached data, click on and check ok to clear cached data. So far gps is working just fine. Try it and please report back
    Did not work for me.

    If I tried a factory reset, and have my settings synced with Google, would my Nexus be restored to its exact same condition post-reset after allowing it to complete the sync? (Downloading all the apps I had, local content kept on device, etc.)

    Edit: I think I finally fixed the issue. The Weather Channel App seems like it was killing the GPS functionality completely for my device. Now it's been running fine for a good 20m or so between various gps apps opening and closing without using wifi assistance. I also did clear the cache data too, but that alone did not work.
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    Didn't work for me. It seems like whenever multiple location apps use the GPS, it goes haywire.
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    Can you please extensively test the gps out for a good hour or so switching between, maps, earth, gps test, gps status, gasbuddy and other gps lock apps and see if it works on the new exchanged nexus 7 and also the one that the cache was cleared on, I keep trying all these solutions and it flakes out still!
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    Same exact problem here and I bought the new nexus 7 to use for navigation in an airplane. I really need to know how to fix this issue. Do I need to return and get a different unit?
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    I think everyone is having this issue right now. Seems to be a software bug - need to make sure Google is aware so they can fix ASAP.
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    I personally didnt notice any issues, but i rarely use gps for much. By the sounds of it, it seems more software related. If it indeed is software, Im sure we will see a fix soon.
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    My 2013 Nexus 7 GPS works for a few minutes after a boot. Then the GPS quits. I've tried all the tricks. The problem persists. I was contemplating returning the N7 to Wal-Mart until I saw this thread. I will hang on to the device and hope for a speedy fix.

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    Mine seems to work fine. A little slower to get a fix than my N4 indoors, but outside it gets a fix right away.
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    My earlier fix was working well for a while, but quit after firing up Google Earth (I think).

    Does anyone have an offline navigation app that works with the new Nexus 7?
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    I already returned one to BestBuy and it does the same thing. Worse QI charging does not work on this one and did with the first one I got which is not a showstopper. Other than that they both work and it seems like a generally well made unit but GPS is mandatory since my justification was to get a tablet to replace my Garmin.

    Since I suspect ALL of these have the same issue Google should fix things quickly but I only have 2 weeks to take it back if they don't fix it in that time frame I cannot take the risk.
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    It's pretty much as the OP says.... first GPS launch locked in 8 seconds

    [IMG]

    After re-launching... nothing. hopefully the next update addresses it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skivvies View Post
    I'm having the same issue... thought it was just me so I returned my device for a different one. I have a support case with Google... hopefully they're aware others are having the same problem.
    Update:

    Hello James,

    Thank you for contacting Google Play Support Team. I understand your concern with your gps working on your device. I want you to know I am here to make sure to resolve any issues you may have with your device.

    It is a know issue that Google is aware of and we are currently working on a update to fix the issue. I do apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

    Feel free to reply to this email and I will be able to further assist you.

    Regards,

    Osiguy
    The Google Play Support Team
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    Hopefully they have a fix soon. I had to turn off location on Twitter app the GPS was actually making mine reboot itself.
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    I used Google Maps using GPS for about 50 minutes over the weekend and it worked fine for me. But I didn't have any other app requesting GPS service, so that may be the issue.
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    I also have a problem with the GPS on the new Nexus 7. It keeps trying to locate the satellites. On wi-fi it works but not when leaving wi-fi.
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