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:

  1. Access to my location
  2. Wi-Fi & mobile network location

Both of them are checked.

But the only application with working GPS is Google Maps.

I tried for example GPS Test and GPS Essentials, but they both show GPS is off / GPS is currently disabled.

In the Settings -> Device -> Apps -> (application name) there is "This app can access the following on your phone:" followed with "approximate location (network-based)" and "precise location (GPS and network-based)"

Why are the Google Maps special? And why other apps cannot use GPS, while the permissions are obviously granted?

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The specs for the device state it does not have GPS.


Google maps is using 'best location source' for you which is Network / WiFi signal on your device. If you have all of them turned on it will revert to the most accureate one it can find, which are in the order Network > WiFi > GPS generally. Basically Google Maps isn't using GPS for you, it just isn't giving you an error message.

The Prestigio site doesn't mention GPS at all.

This link isn't in English but mentions No GPS in several reviews.


Trocha ma štve GPS,ktorý telefon nema

It annoys me the phone has no GPS.

Another quick translate turned this up:

I was disappointed inability to run the GPS. Neither the manufacturer's website is not clearly stated whether the GPS is present or not. Due to the navigation application on the phone, I assumed that it will run. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. I would therefore asked how the GPS is really whether it is hardware GPS device in the phone is present and could be a problem installing the software and possibly what. thank you

  • Wow, I thought all phones would have GPS by default nowadays... e-shops should warn for ones that does not have it.
    – mirelon
    Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 12:31
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    BTW that link is in my native language :)
    – mirelon
    Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 12:37
  • Yeah there is an assumption that you have Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS as standard additions to a smart device, the manufacturer really dodged even mentioning GPS on their site! Glad the link helped, I was relying on translate for it! Happy coincedence you speak Czech! :)
    – RossC
    Commented Mar 25, 2014 at 14:53

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