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Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update brings unexpected, but fixable, GPS bug

by: Chris SmithJuly 23, 2012

In addition to the Google Nexus 7 tablet that runs Android 4.1 out of the box, other Nexus devices including the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S smartphones have also received their taste of Jelly Bean, at least in certain markets. But it looks like it’s not a flaw-free roll out for Google’s latest mobile operating system.

A few days ago we heard that Vodafone had to postpone the Nexus S Jelly Bean upgrade in Australia, as the ROM did not mean certain local regulations and now new reports suggest that the Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 build comes with an unexpected GPS bug.

Apparently Galaxy Nexus users are unable to get a “precise GPS fix” after [...]

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Top 8 Best Free “Location-Aware” Android Apps

by: Matthew SabatiniApril 18, 2012

The incorporation of your location into applications has become extremely popular over the past year. Looking at the permissions you grant when you install an app, it seems as if every app in the market wants to know where you are. But don’t fret, these apps aren’t here to steal your identity or track you down and find you, they are built to help you.

Google was the first to bring location apps to the mobile platform. Furthermore, the technology has come along with contributions from tons of developers and even Google. wired


Layar is by far one of the coolest apps in the Google Play Store. Using Augmented Reality (AR) technology, [...]

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Claim your free Asus Transformer Prime GPS dongle now

by: Bams SadewoApril 17, 2012

The Asus Transformer Prime GPS dongle: you’ve seen in all its glory in yesterday’s leaked pictures batch, and now it’s time to get you and your Asus TF201 tablet out of your GPS misery. As expected, ASUS’ GPS dongle website has gone live, allowing you to claim your free GPS extension kit.

Getting the free dongle is easy peasy. You’ll have to become an Asus VIP member first. After activating the Asus account, proceed by registering your Asus Transformer Prime tablet. The next step is to click on the GPS Extension Kit Apply and Inquire link on the left side menu. After confirming your TF201 tablet’s serial number and delivery information, you’ll have the GPS [...]

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GPS dongle for Asus Transformer Prime TF201 shows up in leaked photos

by: Bams SadewoApril 16, 2012

Following up on the story of how Asus Transformer Prime owners can expect to get a free GPS extension kit to fix the GPS issues that has been plaguing the tablet, Land of Droid has some exclusive pictures of the dongle. How would the extension kit fit into your beloved TF201 tablet? Check out the pictures below.

As you can see, the GPS dongle matches the color of the Asus Transformer Prime TF201 tablet, so if you like your gadgets and their accessories thoroughly color-matched, that’s one worry out of the way. Aside from the dongle posing in various positions, you can also see how the device fits with the tablet. Thanks to the secure mechanism, you won’t [...]

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Free GPS extension kit for Asus Transformer Prime owners

by: Bams SadewoApril 7, 2012

The Asus Transformer Prime TF201 is, quite possibly, the stuff that dreams are made of for a lot of Android fans, except for one annoying flaw that has been plaguing the tablet — its GPS function. Many users have been experiencing various problems, from difficulty to lock onto signals to slight reading inaccuracies. Fortunately, Asus is taking a proactive approach in ensuring that Transformers users are happy with the capabilities of their beloved device. The Taiwanese company plans to give away an external GPS extension kit to deal with the GPS-related problems, once and for all.

The news was first reported by members of the XDA-developers forum. An email [...]

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Getting lost is not an option with this new Broadcom GPS chip

by: Bams SadewoMarch 23, 2012


Those who often put themselves at the mercy of GPS devices to navigate their way home may find current navigation technology lacking in certain aspects. From the not-so-accurate position readings and the long satellite locking time, to the battery drain that we came to expect when using our smartphones as satnav devices, there are things about GPS that can ruin your travel.

But things  may be about to change for the better with the introduction of BCM4752, a new GPS chip from Broadcom, that promises to deal with the problems above.

10X better acquisition and less battery consumption

Most GPS units currently on the market only rely on one or two [...]

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Fixing the GPS Problem on the Samsung Captivate

by: Carl ParkerMarch 10, 2012

There’s nothing more annoying than GPS that can’t find you. For users of the Samsung Captivate, the phone’s GPS has often suffered long lock times and inaccuracy in navigation. For others, it simply doesn’t work. Thanks to both mikel.canovas and h3llstorm, members of XDA Developers, there is now a way to fix that troublesome GPS. The best part is that this fix reportedly works for all Android 2.3.x Gingerbread ROMs on the Samsung Captivate.

If you’re worried that this solution will require you to exercise your command typing skills, you can relax. The GPS fix method is quick and easy. Simply follow our instructions and even the most [...]

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Cobra JoyRide Is Not Just a Typical Car Charger for Your Android Phone

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 8, 2012

It’s been said so many times already, yet people still have a need to use their mobile phones when they are driving. Because of this, there are several Android phones that offer a Car Mode app that can either be built-in or downloaded through the Android Market. Once in this mode, there are some additional steps that need to be taken unfortunately.

To get rid of this, Cobra Electronics has released a new product known as the Cobra JoyRide. As soon as you plug in your Android phone into the charger, it automatically reconfigures a companion app which opens your customized Car Mode. As a result, you get a car-specific interface with large buttons that allow you to easily [...]

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GPS Apps Are Better on Android

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 5, 2012

A few years ago, GPS devices were selling like hotcakes! Everyone wanted to have a piece of them and if you didn’t have one in your car, you’re not cool. This has turned into the opposite, nowadays. If you were still using your GPS unit, then you’re not cool. So what did people use to navigate directions? Their smartphones, of course!

But when it comes to such apps, there’s nothing smarter than using them on an Android device. In fact, Consumer Reports have tested this out. This is one area which iOS isn’t doing too well. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Android phones come with a free built in Google Navigation system.

Meanwhile, iPhone users [...]

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How to Find Your Long Lost Android Device With Plan B

by: Matthew SabatiniDecember 28, 2011

Now that you can track your phone’s location online, and even track other people’s locations, it is almost impossible to lose your phone given that you have an application that tracks your device’s locations. But what happens when you don’t have one of those programs installed? Now, thanks to Lookout Labs, you can turn to Plan B. More specifically, if you lost your phone and did not install Lookout Mobile Security, or any other location tracking service, simply go to the Android Market Web Store and install Plan B remotely.

After the app has installed, it should start up by itself. However, you may have to send yourself text messages to get Plan [...]

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