GPS Navigation

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  1. jrock204657

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    I have an LG Ally and everytime I try to go to the nagivation and hit navigate it says searching for GPS signal for like 5 minutes before it loads. I have velocity .3 and it does it now along with before I was even rooted. Please help...Thanks
     
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    Even with a view of the sky? How often do you reboot?

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    What do you mean by sky? And I reboot probably daily
     
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    The GPS uses GSP satellites, and a clear view of the sky is the fastest route for GPS to become active.
     
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    Yes when I'm driving down the road like not down in my basement or anything. Know what the problem could be because I've heard of other ally users having the same problem.
     
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    You can also try going into menu > settings > Location & security then uncheck 'Use wireless networks' and 'Use GPS satellites,' then back out to your home screen a few minutes, then go back in though the same and recheck those settings ... believe it or it actually helps sometimes.

    Next - I have the paid version of GPS Status ... if I have trouble getting my position, I'll let it run a couple minutes - it's far better at finding your position than Google ... then somehow when you go back to Google maps/nav it will know where you are :tongue::icon_rolleyes:

    Next, this works really well, you don't even need GPS Status, just do it in Google maps ... I gone from being a couple miles off to being with in couple feet doing this :)
    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dr...r-gps-google-maps-more-accurate-location.html
     
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    Awesome...hope it works and thanks for the tips
     
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    GPS Status is mentioned earlier in this thread but I recommend getting it. It has a GPS reset function that can be handy if the receiver isn't able to obtain a fix. It's also a handy utility app for looking into what's going on with your GPS receiver and getting your particular GPS app out of the equation for testing and troubleshooting.

    Google Maps uses the very same GPS receiver that GPS Status does. If the GPS receiver isn't able to obtain a fix it isn't a Google Maps issue. Google Maps, however, can use alternate (and less accurate) methods for determining your location if the GPS receiver isn't available for whatever reason.

    If your location is off by more than a few meters you aren't using your GPS receiver. Some have alleged that the steps you mentioned above help but those steps actually calibrate the magnetometer (compass), not the GPS. I suspect that anyone that has seen benefit from this or from simply running GPS Status is assuming that there is some sort of false causal relationship. More than likely, such people just needed to wait for the receiver to obtain a fix.

    Again, I'd suggest starting with GPS Status and its reset feature. In every case where my Droid's GPS receiver was not able to get a fix the reset feature has helped.
     
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    Thanks for all the help. In gps status can you use it with directions for navigation?
     
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    Currently I have an Omnia (3 year old Windows Phone 6.1) and I want to upgrade to the DROID RAZR, possibly. I would like some info from users.

    I love the VZNavigator, the turn-by-turn directions, traffic warnings, etc. I would hate to lose that, but I also hate paying $10/month for the service. I also wouldn't mind a much bigger screen to play with, and to be able to speak the address into the phone.

    What is Google Maps? Is this a navigator that speaks to you? What are the advantages/disadvantages of using it vs VZ Navigator? Is there a website that already details this?

    Also, I want to know how it SOUNDS (the voice quality and loudness). Currently, I cannot hear my Omnia very well when it is navigating, unless I have it right in front of me. I actually recently bought an inexpensive windshield mount which works well for my case.
     
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    Former Omnia 1 user here.....

    Basically the main difference is its free. Yes it talks to you.

    Loudness of the speaker can be hit or miss with these current Android phones. I feel the RAZR is nice n loud.

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    Never used the Verizon paid navigation, but with the free navigation from Google that is awesome, I will never have to. The Google Maps/Navigation is on par with, if not better than Tom-Tom, Garmin, etc.

    I also just discovered you can buy SVOX voices from the Android Market and make the droid speak to you in different voices. Now mine sounds like some hot British lady. lol
     
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