Most Android devices have a built-in GPS receiver. GPS stands for Global Positioning System, and is a space-based satellite navigation system mainly used to obtain the device's current location, but it also provides time information.

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GPS not always working

I got an issue with GPS on my Sony Xperia M phone with Android 4.3, which seems to work but only intermittently. When it works the lock is acquired quickly, but sometimes it seems that sattelite ...
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How to extract GPS data from my phone

I am a database programmer, and I want to learn about geospatial pattern matching by using the gps data from my phone. I would like to install an app that uploads a record about the location of my ...
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Phone having problems getting and keeping a GPS signal lock

I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and it's having problems getting and keeping the GPS signal. It has been getting worse over time. It was just taking 10+ minutes to get a lock and recently it has been ...
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offline navigation with public transportation

I can not drive (yet) and I get lost pretty easily. So, I need a simple navigation app (I like the gmaps look, just roads, no fancy colors and things), which includes ALL bus/tram/metro/train (yeap, ...
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Auditing application's use of GPS

There is an application on my phone that triggers the GPS at random intervals. The start of this polling doesn't correlate with any newly installed applications so I imagine a recent update or ...
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Why is GPS Status eating a third of my battery power?

I'm trying to have as little as possible running when I'm not using my phone. In the system settings under battery you can see what has been using the most power. I've been able to disable or ...
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Applications think that GPS is off while it is on

I have a Prestigio Multiphone 3400 with Android 4.2.2. The phone is new and not rooted. In Settings -> Personal -> Location Access, there are two checkboxes: Access to my location Wi-Fi & ...
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GPS stopped working after root

After rooting my Sony Xperia P, the GPS stopped working. Even Google Maps can't find my current location now. I found this problem when started working on Location API. Is it a common issue and is ...
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SGS2 mobile connectivity/GPS intermittent problems after DIY repair

Looks like my SGS2 started to have mobile connectivity/GPS problems, possibly as a result of DIY repair (I manually replaced LCD+digitizer after an LCD damage): GSM signal level frequently drops to ...
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Phone using GPS while the screen is off

Recently I noticed that when I press the home or power button to turn my screen on, I notice that the GPS indicator is on for a split second. What is happening here? Is there something trying to use ...
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aGPS on Xolo Q800(X-Edition) unable to find 'first-fix'

Android Phones in question: Xolo Q800 Xolo Q800 X-Edition I own X-Edition version & aGPS is unable to find first-fix since the 'day one'. When on Google-maps, location defaults to tower(GSM ...
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Does GPS cause the phone to get hot?

I am using a Moto G device and I have noticed that when I turn on applications that rely on the GPS Waze or Mapquest, the device gets hot. As in hot to touch. I was previously using a Samsung Galaxy ...
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CPU getting hot. GPS can't lock on

I know this was probably asked several times, but here's the deal: A couple of months ago I was charging the phone (Alcatel Onetouch Star) at my friends house, when I got a warning that the phone was ...
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When gps opens, my device force restart

I have root to my device I search all sites And i havenot found solution to this problem Pls help me My device is Gt-s6312 Galaxy young System jelly bean 4.1.2 Thanks
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Possible bug in Google Play's work out if an app is compatible with my device?

I cannot download a GPS navigation program for my tablet because Google play says my device is not compatible. Well, technically this is true - it has no GPS at all, but my intention was to use ...
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Location consent annoyance

I use the Power Control widget shipped with Android to quickly turn GPS on and off. Since update 4.4.1 or 4.4.2, which features WiFi-based location detection, it's been pestering me for this location ...
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How can I test if my GPS has a hardware problem?

Some days ago, my GPS stopped working. It doesn't lock, no matter how long I leave it on. I've read this question but had no luck. Sometimes it reports that it found one GPS satellite available, ...
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Does the NETWORK_PROVIDER permission require data?

If I have an app that checks my location using the NETWORK_PROVIDER permission, does that simple check use up any data? That is, will it use up any of my bandwidth on my paid data connection (3G, 4G, ...
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Non GPS Positioning

I get map positioning in iPad without GPS. Any clues on how to get the same thing in an Android phone? I tried it on google maps, maps with me, always with wifi on and no result unless I'm connected ...
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Can I use an external GPS receiver by connecting both GPS and Android device to a PC?

I have an HTC One X which I like and carry everywhere, but the GPS is atrocious. It takes tens of minutes to get a position, loses it easily and it's not even very accurate when it has a signal. ...
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“Scanner disabled; location inaccurate” in Ingress

Whenever I open the app, the game is stuck on the "Scanning to acquire user location..." screen. If I force the game to go to the main screen by pressing my device's back button, it shows a black ...
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Google Maps runs GPS in background even if the GPS radio is off - how do I fix?

I have the T-Mobile version of the LG G2, running Android 4.2.2, everything stock except the keyboard. I'm not sure what version of Google Maps, but the Play Store says it's up to date. Yesterday I ...
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How can I find a GPS supported phone without an Internet support enable?

Can I still find my phone's location even without Internet? Because as I know, GPS support will be enable if the phone's Internet is active. So is there a way how to find it? Because today, someone ...
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Improve GPS signal reception inside building [closed]

Hi I'm developing an application that requires a GPS also inside a building. Does anyone have an idea how to get a proper position system also inside buildings. Would it be possible to locate a cell ...
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GPS showing double the speed? System setting?

I use a "Enco B039" android-run in-dash car stereo. When using the gps the speed I drive in is showing double the speed. So if I'm going 50km/h the gps software tells me I'm going 100km/h and so on. ...
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whats the use of my places in android 4.3?

I noticed there is my places under location services. It saves the office home and car location by a format I specify (wwfi bluetooth or map). How is this used in android? Am I able to find my car ...
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How is GPS stack organized on Android, down to UART level? [closed]

I had some reading on location faking, and got eye caught on the report of using "fake NMEA data from UART port". Can anyone clarify, does Android GPS stack HAL supports direct access to one of the ...
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How long does a GPS almanac last for a quick fix within cold start?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini and did two tests, both with cold GPS start (without A-GPS data): starting GPS receiver 11 hours after last fix - got new fix almost instantly (30 seconds) starting ...
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Are GPS-tracking apps data dependent?

Are GPS-tracking apps data dependent or will devices use GPS signals alone, to notify their locations? I am looking for a GPS-tracking app to track family members on a trip where we gonna have ...
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How to get Waze alerts in Google Navigation?

I'm new to Android and I like Google Navigation. I really appreciate how the indications are displayed and how the application works. I also discovered Waze, which is a very convenient app to show ...
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Suspicious GPS behaviour

Sometimes, when I wake my Acer Iconia Tab A500 up, I see blinking searching for GPS icon near the clock, which disappears quickly. I already noticed something like this on other devices. The questions ...
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Does the new Nexus 7 (2013) have a GLONASS sensor?

According to a colleague who has the new Nexus 7 (2013) model already, there is a GLONASS sensor in addition to the GPS one in the device. Is this true? I was unable to find any reference to this ...
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Does GPS signal quality influence battery life?

Does bad/weak GPS signal affect battery life? For instance, when in the city downtown with lots of tall buildings or in the woods or mountains, will running GPS drain the battery faster?
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When taking pictures with GPS enabled, is the 'has the “GPS searching/locked notification icon” been disabled?

Background: In stock (i.e. pure Google with no manufacturer customizations) Android 4.3 using the built-in camera app, I am using the geotagging feature of the camera app. Description of the ...
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How do you disable geotagging for stock camera?

I have stock (i.e. pure Google with no manufacturer customizations) Android 4.3 and I use the built-in camera app. I searched around on the camera app settings but couldn't find any mention of GPS or ...
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Android Sat Nav Apps

I have a few questions about Sat Nav applications running on Android. Does the pre-installed sat nav app require a connection to the web? Does it operate in car and pedestrian modes and be updated ...
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Xperia L (C2104) unusual behavior when GPS is active

Anyone with a Xperia L could help me confirm if this behavior is unusual? I just bought the phone (3 days) and noticed that, whenever the GPS is active, the wifi gets very unstable. It goes like ...
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Fixing GPS lock that takes too long without installing a custom ROM

My phone (Huawei Y300) takes a little under 10 minutes to get a GPS lock. This has been happening both in new locations as well as in and around my home (where it's on frequently). What could be the ...
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Will an Android 4.3 upgrade rewrite my custom /etc/gps.conf file?

Will an Android 4.3 upgrade rewrite my custom /etc/gps.conf file?
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How to periodically send GPS location to a mysql server over HTTP?

I am looking for a way to send every x seconds my gps location to my mysql db. What I need is the lat/long, speed and direction. I want that my phone send it to a website. So every x seconds it will ...
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Can installing a modem help with the GPS of Samsung Captivate?

Like most Samsung Captivate users, I find the GPS hardware in my phone to be unsatisfactory. I have the impression that the actual GPS signal is pretty much useless and the phone (Samsung Captivate) ...
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Galaxy S2 GPS not starting

A while ago my GPS was annoying me with a lot of 'searching for GPS'. I had to wait at least 10 minutes every time and it holds for just 2 minutes. Then it starts for searching again. I searched for ...
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Evo 3D GPS is no longer accurate

I have an HTC Evo 3D from Virgin Mobile, about six months old. Until yesterday, the GPS worked great, tracking my exercise in RunKeeper very accurately. Since yesterday, RunKeeper shows my walking ...
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GPS is always indicated as on

I just recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Star S5280 which runs on Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) and it keeps indicating that my GPS is on. I already deactivated my mobile network on both SIM cards. I ...
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Unlocked phone, GPS active

What does it mean when I unlock my phone and the GPS icon shows active when I'm not running any apps that use GPS? After a second or two, it goes away.
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Google Navigation forgets/ignores “Access to my location” setting - Nexus 4

Every time I attempt to use Google Maps Navigation on my stock (rooted) Nexus 4, I get the Searching for GPS screen. The phone never finds GPS though. I've found that if I go to Settings>Location ...
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Galaxy S4 GPS Problem “Please enable Google apps location access”

I have a brand new S4 and cannot figure out why the GPS is not working. In Google Maps, clicking the button that centers the screen at your current location reveals the following error: "Please ...
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Is there a common GPS cache on Android?

From what I understood about Android securty all applications are separated by different user-accounts and different filesystem locations. BUT: After GPS-test has fixed my location for the first time ...
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How did my device know where I am located even though my GPS was turned off? [duplicate]

So I was testing some functionality levels with Facebook Check-In feature on an Android device (Galaxy S2) and I noticed something strange. Even though my GPS was turned off, When I Checked-In on the ...
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Turn off GPS, when the mobile is switched on

When ever my mobile is switched on/restarted GPS is automatically enabled. Is there a way to turn it off till the time its explicitly enabled? Is this because of any of the third party apps? Samsung ...