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    Does My New 2013 Nexus 7 have a GPS (Wifi only)? Because it seems to think there is one.
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    Default Re: Does My New 2013 Nexus 7 have a GPS (Wifi only)

    Quote Originally Posted by sethgoldstein View Post
    Does My New 2013 Nexus 7 have a GPS (Wifi only)? Because it seems to think there is one.
    Yes it does. Wifi location is not accurate enough for navigation, plus navigation would then not work at all when you're not in wifi range.
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    Yup, all models of Nexus 7 (including last year's models) have a GPS sensor. It is good to know that the Google Maps navigation has some issues when not connected to a data connection, which it needs to download maps (though you can set them to be available offline), and to find route information. But the GPS sensor is there and works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin O'Quinn View Post
    Yes it does. Wifi location is not accurate enough for navigation, plus navigation would then not work at all when you're not in wifi range.

    Why is the GPS inaccruate without Wifi and more accurate with Wifi. Google does not have every Wifi access point mapped. Also why would navigation not work for a GPS application that had it's own maps (ie. did not need to get them from a server, like Google Maps).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrykur View Post
    Why is the GPS inaccruate without Wifi and more accurate with Wifi. Google does not have every Wifi access point mapped. Also why would navigation not work for a GPS application that had it's own maps (ie. did not need to get them from a server, like Google Maps).
    Wifi location is used to get a "general location" so that it knows what GPS satellites to look for. It speeds up getting a lock. A navigation app would work just fine, but without built-in GPS it won't know where you are. You're confusing grabbing map data with actually knowing your location outside of a wifi access point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrykur View Post
    Also why would navigation not work for a GPS application that had it's own maps (ie. did not need to get them from a server, like Google Maps).
    It does work just fine with apps that have offline maps & route calculations.
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    Yes.
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    You can use the hot spot feature on your phone to connect the Wifi version and use GPS off the tablet around town.. I do it for car meets, makes it easier to see directions.

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    Default Re: Does My New 2013 Nexus 7 have a GPS (Wifi only)

    Quote Originally Posted by jerrykur View Post
    Why is the GPS inaccruate without Wifi and more accurate with Wifi. Google does not have every Wifi access point mapped. Also why would navigation not work for a GPS application that had it's own maps (ie. did not need to get them from a server, like Google Maps).
    Google does have quite a comprehensive map of WiFi access points (their StreetView cars map them out), there was a controversy about it a while ago. It triangulates them in the same way that it does with GPS or cell signals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 303kush View Post
    You can use the hot spot feature on your phone to connect the Wifi version and use GPS off the tablet around town.. I do it for car meets, makes it easier to see directions.

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    Sorry to bring up an old thread, but does this mean that I can use my Nexus 7 as an on-dash GPS as long as I hotspot my Nexus 5 phone? The extra 2" of real estate would be nice on a mapping app.
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    Yes, correct.

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    What I have found is that the GPS will work all the time without WiFi but it needs map update information.In the case of Google maps, they will only allow downloading of maps to very local areas.You need to get a GPS app that allows a downloaded map of your entire
    area. I use an open source GPS app called OsAnd and I use the free version. It allows you to download a few free maps and if you want more then there is a charge for that..In my case that covers mostly where I want to go..It also gives street verbal instructions and for the most part works pretty well..My only complaint is the UI which for me is a bit difficult to use..There are also other apps in the play store but as I mentioned, you need to get one with downloaded maps so it will work without WiFi..
    If you have the N7 with the LTE you do not need the above as Google maps should work fine.
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    You don't even need to tether the GPS is built in

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    Quote Originally Posted by YAYTech View Post
    Yup, all models of Nexus 7 (including last year's models) have a GPS sensor. It is good to know that the Google Maps navigation has some issues when not connected to a data connection, which it needs to download maps (though you can set them to be available offline), and to find route information. But the GPS sensor is there and works great.
    Quote Originally Posted by jolphil View Post
    What I have found is that the GPS will work all the time without WiFi but it needs map update information.In the case of Google maps, they will only allow downloading of maps to very local areas.You need to get a GPS app that allows a downloaded map of your entire
    area. I use an open source GPS app called OsAnd and I use the free version. It allows you to download a few free maps and if you want more then there is a charge for that..In my case that covers mostly where I want to go..It also gives street verbal instructions and for the most part works pretty well..My only complaint is the UI which for me is a bit difficult to use..There are also other apps in the play store but as I mentioned, you need to get one with downloaded maps so it will work without WiFi..
    If you have the N7 with the LTE you do not need the above as Google maps should work fine.
    Goodluck
    Question, how does the device cache the local maps? I didn't have to tell mine to download maps to use offline. (I am aware of this feature, but never used it).

    When does the device know to download more map areas based on my new location, or when I use it, when would I know I've crossed the edge of the cached maps?
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    Default Re: Does My New 2013 Nexus 7 have a GPS (Wifi only)

    I use an app called Copilot and have most of the east coast stored in my Nexus. I believe you can select an even larger area when you sign up for the app. You have to drive pretty far to run out of map.
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    What I have found is that the GPS will work all the time without WiFi ...

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    Not on mine. My gps has never worked all the time, with or withput wifi. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Been that way since day one, last July, when I got it.

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