1. winpeguy's Avatar
    So head on over here Gear S GPS Does Not work when not connected … | Samsung Gear S | XDA Forums

    Looks like some peeps are having issues using GPS without being connected to a phone. From what I can tell, the Gear S has A-GPS, not GPS, so without being connected to a phone, or having its own SIM Card, you will not be able to use apps that need GPS (running apps?)

    Can someone else validate?
    11-06-2014 10:51 PM
  2. winpeguy's Avatar
    Ok, maybe not. Since it has Glonass maybe it works. If you have a Gear S does GPS work standalone without Data?
    11-06-2014 10:52 PM
  3. foxbat121's Avatar
    Common misunderstanding about A-GPS. You want A-GPS so that it can get satellite lock quickly (within 10 seconds instead of 5 minutes) if your Gear S has its own data connection. A-GPS doesn't mean it is not using GPS satellites at all.
    11-07-2014 10:57 AM
  4. winpeguy's Avatar
    Common misunderstanding about A-GPS. You want A-GPS so that it can get satellite lock quickly (within 10 seconds instead of 5 minutes) if your Gear S has its own data connection. A-GPS doesn't mean it is not using GPS satellites at all.
    Thanks for the clarification

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    11-07-2014 11:07 AM
  5. mlctulsa's Avatar
    That's not true. The Gear S has GPS that works without the smartphone. So does the wifi, 3G, etc.
    11-08-2014 02:50 PM
  6. epic4grooted's Avatar
    I had to be outside to get a lock on gps
    11-11-2014 05:58 AM
  7. foxbat121's Avatar
    I had to be outside to get a lock on gps
    That's true for all GPS devices in general. Some may have better GPS antenna than others. But a good GPS antenna is bigger than the watch. So something gotta give.

    The biggest problem with GPS on Gear S is the Here Map won't start navigating if you don't have the phone tethered with BT. If I have the phone with me, why would I use the watch for navigation in the first place.
    11-11-2014 07:54 AM
  8. aitt's Avatar
    That's true for all GPS devices in general. Some may have better GPS antenna than others. But a good GPS antenna is bigger than the watch. So something gotta give.

    The biggest problem with GPS on Gear S is the Here Map won't start navigating if you don't have the phone tethered with BT. If I have the phone with me, why would I use the watch for navigation in the first place.
    It works fine with out it.

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    11-11-2014 12:58 PM
  9. foxbat121's Avatar
    No, it won't let you start navigating (the play button is disabled) if a phone is not tethered via BT.
    11-11-2014 01:56 PM
  10. aitt's Avatar
    No, it won't let you start navigating (the play button is disabled) if a phone is not tethered via BT.
    Ah. That is strange. These apps need to be updated to support the Gear S standalone

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-11-2014 02:12 PM

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