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I've done a couple of events in Ingress and my 20kmAh has always served me well. Anything that can charge your phone 2 or 3 times is generally good enough. Also knowing how to lower your phone's power consumption is good; disable wifi (even though it may help with position, it eats battery), turn on power saver, lower screen brightness, disable background apps etc.
Also, if you're on Android, GPS Status and Toolbox is a great tool for increasing your phones accuracy without wifi.
What are you struggling with? GPS Status and and Toolbox is an app available here: [link]
When you get a notification from PokeNotify, click it, and it will ask you if you want to open the location with Google Maps or Radar. Choose Radar and it will display the location with that app as opposed to Google Maps.
The GPS Status & Toolbox app will show you.
> GPS satellites (with IDs 1-32) are represented by disks. GLONASS satellites (with IDs r1-r25) are shown as rectangles, BEIDOU satellites (with IDs c1-c33) are shown as crosses (x) while GALILEO sats (with IDs e1-e35) are displayed as plus (+) signs.
The problem is the AGPS data server.
You can get an external AGPS grabber. I'm using "GPS Fix", but every time that I open the GPS app I need to open the GPS fix first and wait like 15 seconds to get the AGPS data and a good GPS lock.
When you change from high accuracy to Device only you are telling your phone to ignore AGPS data and use just the GPS signal from the satellites.
USUALLY this is SLOWER and it has lower precision. Especially in cities with not a lot of sky visible. BUT, if the AGPS data is just not there (or just wrong), ignoring the AGPS data is a lot quicker and using a bogus one. This is a huge problem from OnePlus and they have absolutely no escuse to get this wrong.
just deleted the GPS fix to see if the update solved this. Still too ealy for a veridict, maybe in a couple days.
EDIT> No, it did not solved the issue. If you want a no hands approach i suggest changing from "High accuracy" to "Device Only". If you can deal with opening an app every time that you want to use the GPS, I use this, where you can reset AGPS data, download the right data and get a fix really quick. I'd say don't bother to get the paid version, for me it didn't helped with the Oneplus problem.
A lot of versions of Android didn't handle the leap second that was added on January 1st properly. This wrecks havoc with GPS, you can fix this by updating to the latest verison of Android or go get GPS Status & Toolbox and reset your A-GPS XTRA Data. Either method should fix it.
It will also likely fix itself as eventually it will clear the incorrect data but it could take a week or two, depends how often you actually have your GPS in use.
Install this app [link]
clear A-GPS Data and redownload it.
Then wait a bit until it connects and finds satellites.
I am indoors next to a window right now with a 4 m accuracy
connected to 13/21 satellites.
When disabling and enabling GPS it only takes 3 seconds for a fix.
Never had any issues with maps using this method.
Sometimes maps takes a bit longer to find a gps fix
so I am using this app to speed this up.
But as soon as I have a fix, maps is rocksolid.
Also your build is pretty old. CM included a couple fixes for location in March,
although I don't know if sultan put them in his builds too.
I seldom if ever force close Ingress and I've always used rooted devices. Those in and of themselves shouldn't be enough. Same with Cargressing. In and off itself shouldn't cause a ban. (There is an internal speed limit to the game, but it doesn't result in an email ban, just temporary error messages that clear up in a matter of minutes.) And plenty of people use Google Maps or similar to navigate to portals if they don't know the way.
I'm thinking it has to do with the large GPS drift you were experiencing. Sucks, because you can't do much about that, other than not play when you experience it. There is an app that a lot of people use for GPS stabilization, GPS Status and Toolbox. But it's usually recommended for people who's GPS takes a long time to resolve a "fix" on their position. Regardless, couldn't hurt.
Can only speak to my own experience, but I had GPS problems on OOS 4.5.0. Using GPS Status & Toolbox helped me keep a lock (had switch between google maps/waze sometimes to get it to lock). I have noticed on Oreo (OOS 5.0.0) that my GPS lock has improved greatly (is currently a non-issue). Maybe Oreo will help you too.
Edit: Another option is to use an app like GPS Status. It also should fix that bug.
> Here is some temporary solution that would work for certain people. Anyways the development team is working on this in parallel.
> Go to your Settings Tap "More" (in the section Wireless & networks)
Go to "Mobile networks"
Then, go to "Access point names"
Tap on the access point name that is currently selected for you
You will enter a screen that enables you to edit the access point. Search the field "APN type" and tap on it.
The field has to contain the following text: default,supl (no space, no brackets etc. only the two words divided by a comma)
> Usually this field just contains default. Adding supl (Secure User Plane Location) will enable your phone to create a connection to obtain location data from the carrier network, f.ex. to obtain A-GPS information.
> This change might have an influence or not depending on your phone carrier. since then, it seems to have :
- Accelerated the initial connection of GPS
- Made the disconnects disappear (temporarily or not, let's hope it's the second one)
GPS is your phone problem, not the games. The game takes the data from the GPS.
You have android. Download this [link]
or something similar... it will tell you everything about your GPS, you can also reset it and do some calibrating
You don't need to have a cellphone signal to use the navigation features if you have offline maps. Google Maps lets you save regions to use while offline. There are also a handful of navigation apps that use saved maps, but these tend to cost money and the maps might not be as accurate.
In fact, before smartphones and data plans in the GBs were common, this was the only way to go. You either had a standalone GPS navigator, or one came built-in in nicer cars, and for a while smart-ish phones had navigation apps using saved maps. I recall using my Nokia N95 a few times.
If all you want is your geographical coordinates, not navigation, an app like GPS Status & Toolbox will give you that and much more. No internet connection required.
I've used GPS Status & Toolbox with some success over the past few years. The app automatically updates the A-GPS information on your phone depending on the interval you've set.
I can't guarantee that you'll see immediate success, but it should help your situation improve.
Weirdly enough I had a much better performance when installing an app that launches alongside the GPS.
It may just be the aGPS that does it.
The app "GPS Status" has been a huge help in validating my concern with any tech rep.
My phone was reading a 20m accuracy, while my fiance's phone would read 3m accuracy from the same location.
Run a compass calibration and reset/download A-GPS data. It worked like a charm for me! I'd also suggest changing its background behavior to not run while the screen is off (your screen is typically on the whole time playing Pokemon anyway). Best of luck!
Not directly related but I use the Pro version of GPS Status & Toolbox by MobiWIA - EclipSim. It keeps the A-GPS data on my phone fresh, and is useful as a general diagnostic by showing how many satellites I'm seeing and their signal strengths.
I have always used the app GPS status along. It features an aGPS feature that springs up when you launch the gps itself and it helps super well with a quick and consistent fix.
It also allows you to recalibrate any motion sensors.
I've been using GPS status and toolbox, [link]
Gives access to the location and orientation related sensors and lets you calibrate them .
GPS Status is what I like to use when out in the field. Not only does it show you the skyplot and signal strength, PDOP, but uses the IMU to put a "bubble level" on the skyplot. It also launches when an app uses the GPS so you can just bring it up via the top pull down.
I had drifting problem in my OPO (i.g. google sphere) and it drove me crazy. After a year or so someone suggested me to recalibrate sensors. It fixed the problem. You can calibrate via aps like [link]
There are a few things you can do to fix some GPS related issues. Start with number 1, then test in Ingress. If it doesn't work, then proceed to the next step.
If you still have issues with your Droid Turbo, make sure that this is limited to just Ingress. If you have issues with Google Maps or any other GPS service, you may need to warranty the phone.
Hope this helps you get back out into the field, agent.
Get the app GPS Status and Toolbox ([link]). It will show you how strong the signals from the satellite are in your location. And it will download some correction data. And you can set it up to download this data whenever your GPS loads. You'll still experience drift, but your overall experience should improve.
This app has the best compass calibration tool. After calibrating your compass in that app, your Google Maps experience will be greatly improved.
I too have never really had issues, but after putting a new OS on my phone I suddenly did have issues that manifested itself as drift/mislocation in Maps. I found out that an app I'd installed for other reasons before I wiped my phone is what many with similar issues use as a solution; so I put it back on and haven't had issues since then. Try GPS Status, the free version should be all you need. It acts as an interface between your GPS and GPS requesting app; you should notice it appearing in the status bar when you use an app that uses GPS. I've had no issues since then.
If it solves your issue I'd love to hear back so I know whether to recommend it to others, and also so I can mention it to Google as something for them to look at adopting.
I can help with point one! On Android I use GPS Status (Note: I use the paid version, but the free version is pretty feature packed as well IIRC) for DOP/HDOP/VDOP etc.
Try loading GPS Status & Toolbox by MobiWIA - EclipSim and using it to make sure that your A-GPS data is current.
Aside from that, I know there was something about Samsung phones and loose screws on the GPS antenna, but I think that was the Galaxy S3 not the S4.
Phones definitely have GPS radios, but they do get the assistance of cell towers. I have an app called "GPS Status" that shows me the location and signal strength of all the GPS satellites that my phone can "see".
Yes, but if you have a network connection, you will get GPS lock much faster, because get the advantage of A-GPS.
What you can do is to use GPS status before you leave home to download the A-GPS data.
I haven't seen a lot of problems with my GPS. I'd recommend installing GPS Status to see if that helps (it'll download AGPS data to improve accuracy). Also leave your WiFi on; it helps with geolocation.
Also, which carrier are you on and what kind of area are you in (rural, suburbs, urban, etc)? That can have a big effect on location obtained from cell towers. When I used T-Mobile, GPS was very inaccurate in rural areas. When I switched to Cricket (AT&T towers), it was much better.
try GPS Status & Toolbox and download your local sat data. i know it happens with her around. but give it a try anyway. regardless this app should be in the "tools and app you have to have" list.
> GPS Status
I think he means this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.eclipsim.gpsstatus2&hl=en
It shouldn't have to be open. I used to have to do this on my GS2, maybe it'll work for you. Install GPS Status, click Settings, and then Manage A-GPS state. Reset and then Download the GPS assistance data.
I have this a lot and it's common on Android... I use GPS Status and Toolbox to help google out. You can dl the aGPS data and it'll update the software to be more accurate. Also has a lot of neat features...
Mine seems to be constantly about 20° off. I jumped on support with google, and after recalibrating, and testing maps in safe mode, the issue still seems to be present. They suggested resetting to Factory settings, but I haven't had a chance to do that yet.
I downloaded GPS Status which provided some diagnostic tools, but nothing to fix the issue.
I'd be interested to know if anyone else has resolved the issue by resetting to factory settings.
Get an app called GPS status. It'll automatically download agps data daily and is just a really good app to have.
Besides that I do remember back in the days when I did use a package disabler I had a similar problem I first noticed whenever I played pokemon go. It would for some reason place me back home and just not respond to where I was going at all. Another glitch it caused was that the GPS status app I mentioned above would refuse to load. Or it would suddenly load like 5 minutes later. Try loading that app and see if it works at all. You might be having the same problem.
If it's the same glitch unfortunately it's too late and uninstalling the package disabler won't work because the glitch has already become system deep. I can help ya fix it painlessly though.
P. S. While you're already doing stuff with the package disabler before you re-enable it you should try tapping on each of the items you had disabled to see if any are actually using more than 0. 00 ram. You should only disable things that are actually doing something. Disabling stuff that isn't impacting your system at all won't give you any gains but will more likely lead to more glitches and crashes.
The S7 should literally never crash. If it does then something is wrong.
Check how well your GPS is working with this app. Try resetting and downloading your A-GPS state from the menu.
If your GPS still doesn't seem to be working then you'll have to try Factory Resetting your phone. Check with that app again. If the GPS still isn't working then most likely your unit is faulty and you should contact ZTE about getting it repaired or replaced.
Suggestion - download GPS Status & Tools, do a cold reset & download gps data
You can also set it on the preference so that GPS is on even when running in the background and does not hog battery
Click the basket icon in the top menu of c:geo in the main screen (right after you launch). There's a link in there. Also a bunch of other helpful apps.
Or link: [link]
I use gps toolbox. It gives a real time view of which satellites are connected and you can reset your agps assistance data for faster fixes
Give this a try.
I bought a cheap LG phone for offline maps and geocaching that would show me way off, it was a pain and useless. I tried that app which downloads the satellites positions so you can be synchronized to as many as possible quickly thus improving accuracy. Let me know if it helps.
This seems to have fixed my issue, unsure why but I installed GPS Status & Toolbox and GPS gets locked on right away, not sure if it was a permission issue for GPS or what but its almost an instantaneous lock. I need to try this a few more times and put my case back on to ensure it is true. Anyways worth giving it a try!
Edit: Thought I was in the Android Apps subreddit; added link manually
Trt installing GPS Status and Toolbox and see if you can get a gps lock with that. Assuming the phone is in good working order I don't think there's any technical reason an S3 wouldn't work. I can still use my Nexus 4, it just gets laggy. And the battery doesn't last long, lol.
If not solved and you have custom recovery try clean cache and dalvik/art cache.
If not solved backup your data and factory reset and try it before restore data.
If not solved consider a hardware problem. Maybe a simple bad contact with gps antenna and circuit (for instance this is comom with Samsung S4, google and you'll see). On YouTube, google you may find videos on how to open your device and try the fix yourself.
This app also works well:
It's possible you might need to calibrate the internal compass, or have sensor issues. The app liked to above can help with diagnosing those.
Try installing this app and doing a coldrest on the gps (then download gps assist data)
Should help out for this issue
After installing the app on an old galaxy S2 gps accurecy went down to ±16ft around 5m
Honestly, no unless you like having latest bells and whistles - my wife plays on here S5 running CM12.1 only changes to help lag and location is change GPS to high accuracy and try and leave it there for faster GPS pinpoint - try GPS Status & toolbox to do a cold reset and auto download assist data for lower battery usage and high precision GPS
If possible keep LTE(4G)/3G as a data option instead of only 4G or 3G it will make loading up the game a bit faster
CM12.1 does not have caffeine integrated but its a good app to keep screen on for X amounts of time (and it auto turns off if you lock your phone using the power button)
If you have a ROM toolbox like JRummys Tool Box Pro, go to apps and side scroll to on boot apps to eliminate apps that are not needed (dunno what you use).
Keep the app in phone storage not SD (dunno if applicable to you)
yes my GPS flaked out months back.
I read about this app you can install that helps to fix it.
Not perfect, but I can get a decent lock whilst using the satnav.
play store link
Though I've never had this issue with my Pixel. It reminds me of my Nexus5 that would randomly go wonky. I used this app GPS Status & Toolbox to fully reset it and after 5mins of cold-start the GPS started to get coords properly again.
My S3 works pretty well. I also use this app to help me get a lock faster [link]
Not sure if it actually helps anymore but it does at least let me know a little bit more about my GPS.
It seems like that should have fixed it, but have you tried either of these?
I know this isn't exactly what you're asking for, but I recommend recalibrating your Nexus and resetting your A-GPS data using the GPS Status & Toolbox app. Using Strava on my Galaxy S3 Mini, it took about 10 minutes of searching before finding a satellite and even then, it would zigzag enough that Strava was useless! Since using GPS Status & Toolbox I have had no problems - it finds the satellites within minutes and there is no zigzagging at all!
Try toggling location on and off, also restarting the phone a couple times. With location on try the app GPS Status & Toolbox: [link] This will show you if you are getting a physical lock on GPS satellites.
Assuming Android, use this
Set your GPS to it's maximum sensitivity. It varies in nomenclature from phone to phone but the idea is the same. Example for my S5.
I have been using this app and haven't had issues since. It helps you connect to satellites and allows you to reset your A-gps when needed.
Try using this app
I had GPS issues after replacing front lcd but my issues were solved by this app. Hope it works for you!
Edit: you can reset your GPS and update GPS data under the settings menu.
Try this app [link]
Overall my GPS has been very good but it has gone wonky once in a while. When it does, I do a reset and download of new GPS assistance data and it usually helps. It also has calibration tools that might be helpful to you.
It's stock but I am rooted and still on 4.4
I routinely get "GPS loss" while playing though... Using "GPS status toolbox" helps a ton, I also used that app while playing ingress.
Definitely need to have "mock locations" turned off and location set to "high accuracy"
Aside from that I don't think there is anything else that I've done... debloated a bunch of crap but I can't imagine that any of that would have an impact.
It's been hit and miss many times for me even on Marshmallow. Nothing new here.
I use GPS Status & Toolbox to reset data and re-download A-GPS data to some success...
Try installing this app if you're on Android. It lets you clear your gps cache. It also tells you how many satellites you're connected to, so you can narrow down if it's a game-bug or a GPS issue.
If iOS, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
IT says that now, because they increased the requirements to play the game, because it uses more ram, and such then they originally planned for. This is the app to get, it's called GPS Status & Toolbox: [link]
I've downloaded this app:
So far it has had about a 95% success rate... Better than the 40% I was getting before. It seems to refresh the GPS lock anytime you open an app that needs it.
Worth a shot!
Open maps and just wave your compass in a figure-eight pattern. Or download GPS Status & Toolbox app - there is a setting in there to calibrate both your compass and your orientation sensors.
This might be a question for the Silph road. A quick google search came up with this Ingress discussion.
They suggested that you download this to figure out how strong your GPS signal is.
I was having the same issues for a while. I read somewhere to download GPS Status & Toolbox and check the accuracy that way, and it looked fine (I think), but after I downloaded and went to catch Pokemon the accuracy was much better compared to what it was before. The accuracy may still not be the most accurate, but it is very comparable to my friends iPhone.
That is very false. Moto G3 definitely has a compass. It's not a very good one, but it definitely has it.
Source: I own a 3rd-gen.
If you're gonna get the 3rd-gen because of the compass, this is the only compass app I've found to be anywhere near accurate: [link]
i used it on my lg vista ( crap phone ) would help a bunch
for a few days...then i would have to run it and reset my gps data again...
also have you moved the game to the sd card yet? i dont know why
but it also helps :)
i just gave in after a while and picked up the new droid,
gps works on device only now...dont even need to go into "battery saving"..or "high accuracy"...phone rocks.. :)
I'm running out of things to check here, so my last advice is to first try an app called GPS Status & Toolbox by MobiWIA -EclipSim. Specifically, you'll want to use it to reset your A-GPS data (and you can also have the app keep your A-GPS data updated on a more frequent interval than most devices do on their own).
Second, if that doesn't help (and it might not, A-GPS problems usually impact the time-to-first-fix, and not usually the responsiveness of keeping that fix updated), then my final suggestion is to research GPS issues specific to your device model, and see if there's something hardware or manufacturer firmware specific going on that can be corrected. (For example, certain Samsung models needed to be opened up so 4 screws on the GPS antenna could be tightened down better than had been done at the factory.)
A really useful app for seeing what's going on with your gps is this. [link]
Also try switching to emergency mode by holding down the power button and tapping on emergency mode and see if gps works there. Then switch back to normal mode and see if it fixed it.
> GPS Status
This one? [link]
Nice tip, turn on just long enough to get a UTM grid then off again. Assuming it can give a grid and not only lat/long.
I use an app called GPS Status & Toolbox which has a feature to show gps status in your notification bar. The notification only shows when GPS is in use (rather than any time GPS is enabled) and works when the screen is off. You can just use AutoNotification or something to detect the notification, and as a bonus you can even parse your current speed from the notification text.
Any app that shows magnetometer data would do. Most "enthusiast" GPS apps will show it. I have GPS Status which shows pretty much every sensor data on my phone(s). But there's a metric ton of various "magnetometer" apps on pretty much all platforms.
I've noticed in the last day or two that the GPS seems to not hold lock - I got this to check and see if it was the app or the GPS receiver - looks like it's the receiver. Don't know if this is something that could be fixed in firmware/software or what...
I've had an S6 which never had a problem with this but my S7 nearly always failed. I've just got an S8 and (so far) it's been fine.
What I found with my S7 was that spamming loads of trusted zones around my house didn't work. What did help was switching off my GPS when I got home then re-enabling it. I also installed GPS Status ([link]) and paid for the Pro version with some Reward credit. Helped but the feature was never reliable. Drove me bananas and, ultimately, I'm glad to be shot of my S7 purely because of this.
Edit: Having read through some other replies I feel I should mention that I had identical problems on MM and Nougat. I assume my handset's GPS sensor has a fault - although it works fine for navigation so perhaps it's something to do with auto power saving or something like that.
Pretty amazing; I get up to 16 satellites indoors. And the phone acquires lock usually within 2 seconds. Phone specs barely mention that they have gps any more, let alone other systems, only found out when I ran a gps test app.
When you are testing is try this app. I've had it on 4 different phones now for making sure GPS is working. You can use the signal level on the satellites to see if it is getting signal good, bad, or none.
OP, download this and calibrate your compass.
I used Gmaps for the first time today and noticed the voice volume be low and then loud, then low, then loud?
Anyone get this problem?
I highly recommend the app GPS status, it'll help give a lot of insight as to where the gps problems are. Reboot the phone, take it outside (not in the city) and set it down on something non-metallic and watch for a moment. Does it grab any satellites, does it just have weak signal? Try and use the options in the app, it can reset the gps chip way more detail here in myotherisaboson's comment and help you understand the issues, if it's related to the gps itself. If there's an issue with the location provider service (system app) this may not tell you a lot.
I'd recommend trying the app GPS Status & Toolbox to see if your phone is actually getting a GPS lock or if it's just estimating your position. If it's not getting a lock, I'd recommend purging the GPS Assistant Data and letting it try and lock on for a few minutes.
Is it compatible with Galileo(European) and/or BeiDou(Chinese) satellites?
You can test it with this app.
The US Google store doesn't list BeiDou and Galileo, only GPS and Glonass. European Google stores do mention support for all 4 constellations.
Is the GPS in high precision mode? Not in battery saving mode?
If it is, you can try reset gps at least with this program:
GPS Status & Toolbox
I have had this issue occasionally. When it just fails to get a fix immediately, I've found that I need to leave the GPS app alone for a minute (not trying other apps, settings, etc) and it'll correct itself shortly (less than 30 seconds). I'm guessing this is a software glitch.
When I first bought the phone, I had GPS issues where it was wildly inaccurate and giving bad driving instructions. This was solved by downloading GPS Status & Toolbox and using the Calibrate Pitch and Roll tool:
woo, i'm sure it'll work out well for you.
just remove the sim card and carefully pry the back off going towards the bottom of the phone all the way around. I had to use a thumbtack needle to get a crack big enough for my fingernail, then you just unclick the pins one by one like most electronics.
The guy in the video shows one piece of paper to go under each contact but i used 3 just to be make sure it was giving it some leverage.
Once you're finished, i would use an app such as Gps Status & Toolbox to test it. just open up maps with your gps on and it will show a notification including how many satellites you're connected to.
If your gps is still shotty at this point, i'd say it's most likely a problem with the ROM you're running. I've been using the SaberSunset rom lately for the lollipop feel and it's been extremely stable for me.
Hope this helps man, enjoy your navigation :)
I don't know if this will help, but try this app: [link]. It allows you to clear and download updated GPS a-data.
Edit:sorry, I didn't read the entire post before I responded.
The GPS Status & Toolbox app has a calibration function. It works pretty well in my experience but it doesn't last forever, you'll have to do it again in a few weeks.
I'd recommend GPS Status & Toolbox and GPS Essentials. The first one ties directly into your phone giving you some neat little data tools about your phones GPS signal, barometric pressure, etc. It also has a 'radar' mode, where you can 'tag' locations and find general direction. GPS essentials is some of the first but with some added features, like a camera mode (Good for pointing and 'shooting' a heading) and Topo overlays.
I've used this on a Kyocera Rise, Samsung Galaxy S 4 LTE and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. The thing you have GOT to keep in mind with any GPS based application, is that the internal, hardware GPS that utilizes the gyroscope and compass to assist with directional, is not always properly calibrated, and can very easily loose that calibration. I've been there. Many times. And this was just trying to find my car in a mall parking lot that I'd never been to before.
Even sitting here right now, I turn it on, and north is apparently south. Well I know better. Thankfully, the GPS Status does have a calibration tool. Once that's done it'll hold for a while (usually a few days from what I find but it can be weeks between times I actually turn on GPS on the phone).
I'd say for in the city, these will work just fine, but the only thing I'd rely on these tools for out in the thick of it, would be finding your relative longitude and latitude. Buy a compass.
Hey there, can you do me a favor? The engineers here in the office are asking if you would test something out on your device.
Can you download GPS toolbox from this link: [link]
After it's installed, can you let me know if your pitch and roll numbers change as your device is rotated while in the app? That would help us out.
What model phone do you have? Android version? Make sure it's not in Airplane Mode. Try installing this GPS toolbox and make sure the GPS is active. Under Setting - Location mode, what is selected here?
In the snapshot, you're specifying the Get Location source as "Any" rather than "GPS" or "Net". If the phone can get Network location before GPS location, it'll populate %LOCN (and similar variables) rather than %LOC. You can test %LOCTMS and %LOCNTMS (see docs) to see how old the retrieved location is.
The AutoLocation plugin will sorta combine (fuse) the two, if you want higher accuracy.
For GPS (which can work well outside if not in an urban canyon), more precise locations can occur if you have Get Location with Keep Tracking ticked and retrieve it again later, as you can see from SatStat or similar apps.
I had to calibrate my compass and pitch and roll:
Click on the screen > options > calibrate compass/pitch&roll. Make sure you have an actual compass to check that it aligns properly and get an average value on the pitch&roll.
Also, try with this app. Open it, slide from the left side of the screen and tap "Manage A-GPS state" click "reset" and then "Download". Reboot and retry with Here Maps.
You can also install this app on both phones and compare the GPS reception of each phone to one another. [link]
Maybe one of them is broken or has something turned off.
Thanks for the tip! I actually contacted Google Support the other day because I'm tired of my bad compass and wonky GPS and they sent a replacement, which will arrive today, so hopefully I can get that feature to work.
EDIT: This app should help with GPS/compass at least a bit: [link]
I'd recommend giving this app a shot: [link]
Use the pull-out menu to calibrate everything. If that doesn't fix, unfortunately you could just have bad sensors, which I recently had to RMA my device for. They sent me a refurb, which I cringed about at first, but it works flawlessly and looks like new (after having to wipe the back of the device clean of some weird smears).
Download the GPS Status App and post what your Fix/Sats and Error(m) are compared to your other devices, and head to the menu and head to Diagnose Sensors and compare it to the other devices.
You should also reset your AGPS cache just in case they're out of date.
Try using something like this app ([link])
Your AGPS and/or other calibrations might be out of wack. Calibrate your compass/accelerometer if you feel like it but most importantly reset and re-download the AGPS data. You might also just get a bad signal from the sattelites, that could be the case's fault if you use one.
Heres the first one
tweak with there settings till you find the sweet spot, sorry for taking so long
Try resetting your GPS data and downloading assistance data with GPS Status & Toolbox (pull left side drawer > Manage A-GPS state)
Not necessarily. The turning of the avatar is - like in ingress - based on the compass of your device. This can and does work even without GPS. So I'm assuming you're having a GPS-Issue. Try installing the App "GPS Status and Toolbar" ([link] ) and check what that says.
Sounds like your GPS is working fine since it's finding your position correctly. It's your compass that isn't working. Incidentally, I have the same issue that half the time my phone's compass is way off. You can use an app like GPS status to see what your compass and GPS are doing. It also allows you to calibrate your compass, but I've found that it still goes wrong.