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My HTC One M8 tried to kill me today
I'd like to know who the genius was that decided disabling turn-by-turn navigation BY DEFAULT was a good idea. Seriously, I want to know. I'd like to meet him and talk about the weather.
Because of this issue, My HTC One M8 nearly got me killed today. I expected Google turn-by-turn navigation to operate as effectively as I've seen on other devices in the past. Instead, I kept receiving the message:
Location Mode is not supported. Turn-by Turn navigation is only available in these location modes:
• High accuracy
• Device Only
I had no idea what any of that meant, and was already on the road and in dire need of directions to an unfamiliar location. Actually, I had three addresses to visit without the slightest idea where they were. The best I could manage was a map that displayed my destination with a red dot and my location with a blue dot, but no turn-by-turn directions. Worse, my location would update only every few minutes; I missed countless turns because the map function would not update my location in real time. Yes, I made the stupid mistake of hopping into the car thinking Google would work as well on my HTC as it did on my wife's iPhone.
I somehow pissed Google off, because at one point it shrunk my map down to 1" by 2" and it would NOT be resized. The rest of the screen was filled with useless information: the address I wanted to find, how long it would take me without traffic (how about without DIRECTIONS!?!?), and the distance involved. Again, the map could not be made larger, the extraneous data could not be removed from the screen. Several times I had to start a new search to get a map I could resize, let alone see clearly. I realize now the hyper-sensitive screen was picking up some random movement and to navigating away from the map I needed to the "pre-map" screen (the one with all the worthless information on it). Too bad there's no "forward" button.
And this is the DEFAULT behavior of this particular device. Turn-by-turn navigation is disabled by default through a menu setting no one will find in the heat of the moment, no one will find when they need it most. I had to return to work and access an actual computer to learn what "Location Mode is not supported...." meant and how to enable turn-by-turn navigation.
Settings ► Location ► Mode ► High accuracy
Now I understand why so many people prefer iPhones and iOS. Android is a uphill battle through a Byzantine maze. Thank you, Verizon, HTC, and Google. [inappropriate language removed by moderators]