My guess is it's a Motorola problem. My Droid X took forever to lock in. So long that I'd often have to pull off the road and wait. I had to use GPS Fix to speed it up. My GS3 however, locks in in seconds.
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My razr max seldom has problems with this, but my wife's Samsung Charge often has this exact problem locking onto satellites and showing only the tower large blue circle. So I don't think it is a motorola vs samsung issue. Actual GPS reception doesn't use 3g/4g or wifi. Maps may use 3g/4g towers or wifi for approximate (big blue circle) readings while waiting for gps lock, so there may be some software isues. At times when I have problems with maps, however, I also have problems with the gps locator on geocaching and compass apps. Location and atmospheric conditions may affect GPS reception. Dedicated GPS receivers undoubtedly have more robust GPS receiver circuits.
I don't believe I was able to do anything like this before, and don't really know how it now tracks location. It would almost have to be GPS, wouldn't it?
GPS status free on play store...
I use it time to time to "refresh" the GPS if need. Especially after switching roms or OTA updates.
Running the app also lets you see the number of satellites your bouncing off of..
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