[OSM-talk] Galaxy SIII GPS receiver issues, and alternatives

Nick Whitelegg Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Sun May 11 13:32:45 UTC 2014

Has anyone encountered any problems with the GPS on the Galaxy SIII or similar models starting to malfunction after a while?

Mine is around 18 months old and since around Easter its ability to connect to the satellites seems to have become very weak, typically only picking up 7-10 satellites (rather than 16 or so) and if the sky is even the slightest bit obscured (e.g. valley between small hills), it fails to pick up any at all.
Only on the top of hills with a good all round view does it pick up more than 10 satellites.

It's basically become very difficult to use, luckily I have a tablet as well which is obviously less easy to walk round with but can just about manage.

Has anyone had success connecting external micro USB or Bluetooth GPS devices to Android phones?

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