Officially unveiled in late July, the new Nexus 7 managed to garb a lot of eyeballs thanks to its top-notch specifications at a price that is quite lower compared to the iPad Mini. However, just 14 days after the official launch early buyers have already started flocking the web reporting issues with GPS connectivity.
Users have started reporting of XDA-developers as well as Google Product Forums that the GPS connectivity lasts anywhere between 2mins to 30mins after which it goes into “Searching” mode. Both versions of the Nexus 7 are reportedly affected – 16GB and 32GB. Users have tried troubleshooting the issues themselves but there is no official fix from Google as of now. Some users have tried a factory reset but, that doesn’t help either.
“I reset to factory new and find that it works until the apps get updated (including maps and earth and others) and then it goes flakey”, notes one of the users on Google Product Forums.
Users have come up with temporary solutions like uninstalling Google Maps and turned off notifications that may lead to auto-update; installing GPS Test and tapping in “Clear AGPS” and then Update AGPS – which have seemingly resolved the issue.
Google has responded through the forums stating that they were looking into it. Further it has also asked users to follow a couple of steps and report back their findings in order to help them investigate the issue. For more on Nexus 7 and how it compares with the iPad Mini, check out Google Nexus 7 (2013) vs. Apple iPad Mini on ParityPortal.com
If you are experiencing the same issue and have managed to find a fix do let us know in the comments section.