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"Location Unavailable" GOOGLE.com

Discussion in 'Android Tech Support' started by masters, Dec 10, 2009.

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    What would cause google.com on the browser to say "Location Unavailable"? There is a link next to it that says "Update" but it does not.

    GPS is on..

    Anyone else? I almost think it was the update to 2.0.1 that did it, but I can't be sure.
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    It is a Google (web page) bug, and has been around for quite a while (saw it on my G1 over the summer so, no it is not related to 2.01)
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    I am having the exact same problem. I have no idea what the issue is.
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    Is there anyway to get it back working.. It was nice having Google know the location.
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    Same thing here. It shows my location on maps, finds local things in search, just curious about this.
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    google location typically uses your cell towers to determine where you are. if you're using wifi to browse in an area of low reception, or poor quality because locale can't triangulate your position, there is a possibility that you won't be identified.
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    Good thinking, I'm on WiFi and I'll check it out.
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    I get same message and no wifi.
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    same message, no wi fi... this worked on my Crackberry... it works ok on the maps but it was cool having it in the google page for searching stuff too...
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    The problem lies within Google, not the Droid. It happens on many phones, including my G1, and I have seen threads with a similar complaint on crackberry.com, so it is not even Android specific. It is something broken in the web page.
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    Sad.

    I, too, had a problem with "Location Unavailable" on my Motorola Droid when going to Google.

    I did a little systematic playing around and I have discovered that using Dolphin Browser causes this issue. Using the stock browser allows google to see me again.

    It's a shame, because I really like Dolphin Browser, but I like location-aware search results even more. I haven't yet discovered an option to enable/disable to allow google to see me, but hopefully contacting the dev will shed some light on what's going on.

    Are the rest of you using Dolphin Browser, too?
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    Same problem with the stock browser.
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    It is happening with stock browser, and with or without home screen replacement.
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    I was having the same issue , so I went into settings and under location and security and I checked the box that says use wireess networks and now google knows my location
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    I checked and mine was already checked on. My GPS, Navigation, Local Search, and Weather work. I'm not too concerned, just curious as why it shows unavailable on the Google search page, and why it's now in Spanish.
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    Make sure you are logged into Google, maybe that is what I did to make my location work?
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    I'm signed in getting my emails, I set my preferences and saved them. Same thing, location unavailable, and Google in Spanish. Strange. Everything works, just have to touch the Google in English button. Haven't checked to see if Voice Search understands English or not. LOL
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    i was having this problem last night when i needed directions to get home. was very frustrated lol
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    I think I found a solution. For a long time, when I went to Google.com on the stock browser I was not getting the Near Me Now functionality. I kept getting "Location Unavailable" and hitting the update link 40 times did nothing.

    I tried the Settings link on the Google.com page. That did nothing.

    I tried clearing and cycling the location settings of the browser. That did nothing.

    Finally, I checked the phone's settings: [Home screen] / Settings / Location & Security. A while back I chose to uncheck the "Use Wireless Settings". I checked it. It prompted me about sharing my location with Google. Hit OK to that. Went back to the browser, hit the update link, and viola... I have a location. And Near Me Now.

    Hope this helps...
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    I was getting the same issue that has been covered here and many other forums. Here is what I did that worked for me:
    Home screen> settings>Location & Security>Use wireless networks>check the box.
    Home screen> settings>Location & Security>Use GPS satellites>check the box.
    Go back to home screen.
    Select browser>touch menu soft key>more>settings>(scroll down)ENABLE LOCATION>CHECK THE BOX.
    It says "allow sites to request access to your location".
    This worked for the Google location unavailable problem as well as other problems where the GPS could not find my location.

    Hope this helps....
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