12-27-2013 09:05 AM
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  1. OldListener's Avatar
    I have been poised to buy a 2013 Nexus 7. GPS input to off-line map apps is one of my main uses for the tablet. I read some threads from a few months ago about problems with GPS on this forum. I'd like to hear from people about their current experience with GPS on a WiFi-only 2013Nexus 7.

    1. If you had problems in the past, have those problems been resolved? Or are you still unable to use GPS on your 2013 N7?

    2. If you are successfully using GPS on a 2013 N7, please say so. Sometimes you hear from the people with problems and don't hear from those who use a feature without problems.

    I'll appreciate any responses.
    11-23-2013 03:42 PM
  2. roguetrader's Avatar
    I've had my Nexus 7 for a couple of months and I haven't had any kind of problem with anything to be honest. GPS functions well, comes on and turns off properly when needed by apps. All in all, it's a fantastic little device, does exactly what it says on the tin.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using AC Forums mobile app
    11-23-2013 04:15 PM
  3. pete1118's Avatar
    Mine is working fine, I never really seemed to have a problem from day 1 and I have an early made N7 2013
    11-23-2013 06:22 PM
  4. ezas's Avatar
    Same as the two above. Added bonus is use of glonass satellites. My first cold start indoors took 15 second tops. For my friend, also indoors at his house took a little longer. 30 seconds maybe.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using AC Forums mobile app
    11-25-2013 03:55 PM
  5. thatguy97's Avatar
    On my model it can be a little finnicky on rare occasions but it's just fine in fact with a solid connection it's actually phenomenal
    11-25-2013 04:42 PM
  6. jawad973's Avatar
    Been using for a quite a sometime now and didn't face any problem. Mine one is 2013 one.

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-25-2013 04:54 PM
  7. Riverrunner88's Avatar
    Mine works well too. I've used it in the middle of nowhere and GPS locks on fast using the trial version of Backcountry Navigator.
    11-27-2013 12:01 PM
  8. OldListener's Avatar
    Thanks to all for your input.
    12-11-2013 04:42 PM
  9. leonard land's Avatar
    I haven't been using it very much, BUT it does seem to be much improved now.
    12-12-2013 12:47 PM
  10. physioprof's Avatar
    Same here: it seems much improved with the latest KitKat update.
    12-14-2013 02:24 PM
  11. George Stevens's Avatar
    Every time I test it now it is working. It used to be just the opposite, and I and others thought it might well be an inherant hardware problem, but it looks like they've fixed it.
    12-14-2013 03:11 PM
  12. chemgeek's Avatar
    No problems after the initial updates. Certainly not in the current 4.4.2 Android. I use mine for aviation mapping and navigation.
    12-17-2013 07:02 PM
  13. tomclifton's Avatar
    This appears to have been a firmware issue that was fixed in August 2013 . AnandTech | Nexus 7 (2013) JSS15Q OTA Update Rolling Out - Fixes GPS/GNSS and Multitouch Issues If you were not anywhere near a network connection the GPS would loose lock and might take up to 15 minutes to recover.
    12-18-2013 03:26 PM
  14. Chingyul's Avatar
    Anyone try their GPS in the bush or hard to track locations?
    I'm debating about getting a Garmin GLO (bluetooth GPS receiver) to use with the tablet.
    For one, I'm hoping it has better GPS reception (locks and stays locked), and trying to save battery on the device itself.
    12-19-2013 11:52 AM
  15. George Stevens's Avatar
    Anyone try their GPS in the bush or hard to track locations?
    I'm debating about getting a Garmin GLO (bluetooth GPS receiver) to use with the tablet.
    For one, I'm hoping it has better GPS reception (locks and stays locked), and trying to save battery on the device itself.

    I'm using it in pretty remote locales, and yes it seems to be working good now. I use my Garmin as my GPS. I haven't learned how to substitute a tablet for the Garmin, nor do I know if it would be a totally adequate substitute. The N7 does have a bigger and better screen than my Garmin.
    12-19-2013 12:21 PM
  16. bmoliver's Avatar
    I have been poised to buy a 2013 Nexus 7. GPS input to off-line map apps is one of my main uses for the tablet. I read some threads from a few months ago about problems with GPS on this forum. I'd like to hear from people about their current experience with GPS on a WiFi-only 2013Nexus 7.

    1. If you had problems in the past, have those problems been resolved? Or are you still unable to use GPS on your 2013 N7?

    2. If you are successfully using GPS on a 2013 N7, please say so. Sometimes you hear from the people with problems and don't hear from those who use a feature without problems.

    I'll appreciate any responses.
    My N7 2013 GPS works great on Android 4.3. I tried KitKat a few weeks ago and I could not get the GPS to work and at least one app was broken. I reverted to 4.3 (with a system wipe) and will stay that way until I am convinced my GPS won't break again.
    12-20-2013 10:40 AM
  17. bmoliver's Avatar
    My N7 2013 GPS works great on Android 4.3. I tried KitKat a few weeks ago and I could not get the GPS to work and at least one app was broken. I reverted to 4.3 (with a system wipe) and will stay that way until I am convinced my GPS won't break again.
    Well, I retried going to KitKat (KOT49H) this morning, and initially had exactly the same issue with the GPS for both GPS Status and Google Maps. This time, however, I remembered something from my Galaxy S days about resetting the AGPS data using GPS Status. I tried this, and it took a few minutes, but did download new AGPS data, afterwhich GPS Status got a lock in a few seconds and Google Maps was now working fine! So, for those with GPS issues after updating from 4.3 to 4.4, try resetting the AGPS data.
    12-20-2013 03:26 PM
  18. George Stevens's Avatar
    "try resetting the AGPS data."

    How do you do that?

    GPS was actually working good for the past month or so - and now it seems to have gone back to where it started - nothing!
    12-25-2013 09:50 AM
  19. sparksd's Avatar
    "try resetting the AGPS data."

    How do you do that?

    GPS was actually working good for the past month or so - and now it seems to have gone back to where it started - nothing!
    You can use an app like GPSTest - it's an option available under Settings.
    12-25-2013 10:29 AM
  20. George Stevens's Avatar
    I've got GPS test app. In fact the GPS never seemed to work, even at its best, unless I started GPS test first, and I don't know why. But how does that reset agps data, whatever that is? I also just downloaded another app Called GPS status, but I don't see that doing anything. Anyway GPS test is blank now - picking up no satellites - back to the way it used to be.

    12-25-2013 11:05 AM
  21. Rich215's Avatar
    The GPS should work well with the 4.4.2 update. I actually get a quicker lock now with KitKat. I can get a lock inside my house in about 10-30 seconds on average. I did not bother to reset the agps because it seems to work fine without doing that so far.
    12-26-2013 10:28 AM
  22. joe_fresh's Avatar
    Mine will not find my exact location. Shows me a mile from my house.

    Posted via Android Central App nexus 7
    12-26-2013 10:47 AM
  23. sparksd's Avatar
    I've got GPS test app. In fact the GPS never seemed to work, even at its best, unless I started GPS test first, and I don't know why. But how does that reset agps data, whatever that is? I also just downloaded another app Called GPS status, but I don't see that doing anything. Anyway GPS test is blank now - picking up no satellites - back to the way it used to be.

    Under settings in GPSTest, there is a selector at the top to clear AGPS data.
    12-26-2013 11:03 AM
  24. George Stevens's Avatar
    Under settings in GPSTest, there is a selector at the top to clear AGPS data.
    Thanks - and I hit the update button too while I was at it. And now, since doing the factory reset, my GPS is working again, at least for the moment it is.
    12-26-2013 12:44 PM
  25. physioprof's Avatar
    The GPS should work well with the 4.4.2 update. I actually get a quicker lock now with KitKat. I can get a lock inside my house in about 10-30 seconds on average. I did not bother to reset the agps because it seems to work fine without doing that so far.
    Same here. Much better with 4.4.2.


    Sent from my Nexus 7 using AC Forums mobile app
    12-26-2013 06:35 PM
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