Curiosity: at this location (False Creek, Vancouver, B.C.)

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my girlfriend's cell phone (Android Moto X; Android 6 Marshmallow) automatically powers down (off). When manually rebooting (turning on again), once powered up it automatically powers off, again.

If we move e.g. ~75-100 feet away, the phone operates normally?

This has happened on the two separate occasions that we tried to photograph some foliage, there.

What would cause this?

Update (Mar 10, 2019). My gf and I returned to this spot (~5 months later): her with new phone (Samsung Galaxy S7 Android 8 Oreo on a different wireless provider/account; GPS was ON). This time, no problem.

That said, the GeoFence idea mentioned in the comments was likely the most reasonable explanation for the past behavior; perhaps that fence is no longer active.

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    Geo fence of some sort, is it happening with the GPS turned Off ? – Gadget Guru Feb 24 '19 at 22:05
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    As per Zillium's comment, please check whether the issue repeats after turning off GPS/Location and Mobile data/Wifi. – Rahul Gopi Feb 25 '19 at 6:41
  • I would also check what the camera settings were when you attempted to take the photo. It could be that those specific camera settings for reasons like bug trigger a reboot and you may be thinking in terms of location dependent. Try to take a photo with the same settings elsewhere – beeshyams Feb 25 '19 at 12:30
  • Thank you for the comments: a geofence (I wasn't aware of those) seems likely. Will update when we get a chance to return to that area. – Victoria Stuart Feb 25 '19 at 18:17
  • @Zillinium: your suggestion seems to be the most probable answer. Post it as an answer and I'll mark it as the accepted answer. – Victoria Stuart Mar 11 '19 at 3:30

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