Question on the quality of the GPS

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid 4' started by Germanguy, May 29, 2012.

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    So I used my Droid 4 for the 1st time today for navigation. I had to go to Downtown Minneapolis and I use Google Navigation. A few times ,in Downtown, a lost the GPS signal and therefore took a wrong turn. How has navigation with Google Maps been working for everybody?

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    For me google maps has been flawless. It is by far the best of the navigation apps out their. I used it a few days ago to get around orlando and never once did it fail me. I have used vz navigator as well as the mapquest app and both have lead me wrong on at least 1 occasion.

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    Anybody know what is the GPS chipset on the Droid 4? I don't remember having had problems with Google Navigation on the Galaxy Nexus in Chicgao. I believe the Nexus has a Sirf 3 chipset.
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    Another thing I noticed. There seems to be a lag of about 2-3 seconds where the GPS icon on the map is trying to catch up to your true position when driving in the car (similar to the Touch Pro 2 that I once owned). Also, even when driving in suburban areas (no tall buildings), the GPS stutters where it needs to relock onto your position. Kinda sad since I absolutely love everything else about the phone. I have until Monday to decide whether to keep it. I really don't want to go back to the Nexus with its crappy radio. Has anybody tried out GPS navigation (not just simple GPS lock) on the leaked ICS ROM?
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    Are you in Navigation are in Maps when you notice the lag? I haven't had to use my GPS yet though I've noticed it locks on faster and appears to be more accurate than the GPS on my Droid 3.

    Download GPS Status & Toolbox from the PlayStore , go to tools, Manager A-GPS state and then click reset. Seems to help the GPS lock quicker/better. You may also want to calibrate the compass (again, menu, tools....Compass Calibration) to see if that helps.

    Just testing, my Droid 4 locked in almost 20 seconds faster than my Droid 3.
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    Ok, will try all those suggestions. Again, I NEVER have problems with the initial lock which is indeed fast.
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    I use the GPS for navigation all the time and do not get the stutter or lag you are describing. I do believe there is a lag of possibly 1/2 second when I am driving 75 and cross beneath an overpass (about the width of the bridge) but that's about it...similar to the TomTom I used to own. I use the car dock which is mounted to the windshield if that makes any difference.
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