Aug 09 AT 4:11 PM Dima Aryeh 21 Comments

Some new Nexus 7 tablets experiencing GPS dropouts, Google acknowledges the issue

New Nexus 7-1

The new Nexus 7 seems to be an absolute hit with consumers and Android enthusiasts alike. With a low price tag and a category leading 1920×1200 display, it’s an amazing device on paper. And with stock Android 4.3, it performs great too. But as we all know, no Nexus device comes out without its fair share of issues.

We all know that the Nexus 7 2013 doesn’t have a factory image published, due to what is probably legal issues with Qualcomm. However, it looks like the device is facing a new issue: for many users, the GPS cuts out randomly and won’t connect again. It could work anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, then suddenly die. Many on XDA have reported this problem.

When it was posted to Google Groups, a Google employee acknowledged that the issue exists. Google is looking for the cause of the issue, and once it’s found, it shall be fixed. We’re hoping that it is a software issue, so a simple update to 4.3.1 will fix the issue. If it’s hardware, then an exchange will be necessary. Giving up your device is never fun.

So if you experience GPS issues on your brand new tablet, know that you’re not alone. Hopefully, Google will release more information on the situation and act quickly to fix it. Until then, try to use your phone for GPS navigation and avoid potential problems. How many of you have had this issue?

Via: Droid-Life

Source: Google Groups

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Mark

    This isn’t anything new with Google branded hardware
    Cut corners to get price down = cheap parts

    • Nate B.

      I think it’s an ASUS thing and not a Google internal issue. ASUS has had issues with Wifi and GPS with several of their products. I have had issues with their Netbooks like the Zenbook.

  • M0nk

    Most Asus tablets have GPS issues. The worst one was the TF700, where the aluminium back covered the GPS antenna… I hope that this is only a software glitch and not a hardware issue

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      But…but…but….the freeeee GPS dongle!

    • Ronson

      The iPad doesn’t have a GPS. When will Apple add this?

      • thel0nerang3r

        I don’t know if you are joking or trolling. http://www.apple.com/ipad/compare/
        iPads have GPS and GLONASS

        • Roxing

          Only on 3G/4G models, GPS isn’t included on the wi-fi versions. I’m pretty sure Asus’ wifi models and the Nexus 7′s have GPS too.

  • Pravas

    As long as google realizes that we can be at ease.

  • tc

    Its not some, its ALL Nexus 7 tablets. Just not everyone knows it.

    • Ronson

      All iPads have a completely non-operational GPS.

    • Nate B.

      I have a friend who has one and his GPS is just fine.

  • donger

    Free replacement/ exchange?

  • Gela Riabukha

    Oh, great. And Nexus7 3G 2012 still has an issue, that no one is going to fix. 5-10% hourly battery drain when idle. Even JBQ jas given up fixing it. And Google devteam has posted that they are still working on it several months ago.

    Bad reputation for Nexus line. I will wait till LTE version comes out and ships several million of devices.

    • Ronson

      This is not the case with my Nexus 7 (2012). After 10 months it works perfectly.

  • lorenzojones

    Correction: ALL devices have bugs…not just because its a Nexus, puhlease! I have 2 of the original, no problems and now a new HD version, awesome is all I can say! The best HD screen available, dual stereo speakers, NFC, the best software, decent camera, and wireless charging! 32GB for $279.! Apple would charge twice that and give half as much… oh wait, they do! :-)

    • lorenzojones

      Correction: Update: The Nexus 7 2013 factory image HAS been published!

  • Dre

    Actually, its not only GPS issues its also YouTube. Video just stops after 2 minutes of play. Something is definitely wrong and I can only hope it is a bug and not hardware.

    • redraider133

      I don’t have any issues with YouTube on my nexus 7.

  • Dan Jones

    Just the past few days, I’ve been experiencing major GPS issues on my old Nexus 7. Related?

    It was so bad, I had to bust out my crappy, out-of-date TomTom.

  • mightynaf

    Oh no, its like the Nexus 7 2012 problems all over again.

  • Vince Park

    We can’t get a 100% perfect gadget. It is good google is very genuine about it unlike other major companies. http://tabletcomputerdeal.com

  1. MarkGuest 2 years ago

    This isn’t anything new with Google branded hardware
    Cut corners to get price down = cheap parts

    • I think it’s an ASUS thing and not a Google internal issue. ASUS has had issues with Wifi and GPS with several of their products. I have had issues with their Netbooks like the Zenbook.

  2. M0nkGuest 2 years ago

    Most Asus tablets have GPS issues. The worst one was the TF700, where the aluminium back covered the GPS antenna… I hope that this is only a software glitch and not a hardware issue

  3. As long as google realizes that we can be at ease.

  4. tcGuest 2 years ago

    Its not some, its ALL Nexus 7 tablets. Just not everyone knows it.

  5. Free replacement/ exchange?

  6. Gela RiabukhaGuest 2 years ago

    Oh, great. And Nexus7 3G 2012 still has an issue, that no one is going to fix. 5-10% hourly battery drain when idle. Even JBQ jas given up fixing it. And Google devteam has posted that they are still working on it several months ago.

    Bad reputation for Nexus line. I will wait till LTE version comes out and ships several million of devices.

    • RonsonGuest 2 years ago

      This is not the case with my Nexus 7 (2012). After 10 months it works perfectly.

  7. lorenzojonesGuest 2 years ago

    Correction: ALL devices have bugs…not just because its a Nexus, puhlease! I have 2 of the original, no problems and now a new HD version, awesome is all I can say! The best HD screen available, dual stereo speakers, NFC, the best software, decent camera, and wireless charging! 32GB for $279.! Apple would charge twice that and give half as much… oh wait, they do! :-)

    • lorenzojonesGuest 2 years ago

      Correction: Update: The Nexus 7 2013 factory image HAS been published!

  8. DreGuest 2 years ago

    Actually, its not only GPS issues its also YouTube. Video just stops after 2 minutes of play. Something is definitely wrong and I can only hope it is a bug and not hardware.

  9. Just the past few days, I’ve been experiencing major GPS issues on my old Nexus 7. Related?

    It was so bad, I had to bust out my crappy, out-of-date TomTom.

  10. Oh no, its like the Nexus 7 2012 problems all over again.

  11. Vince ParkGuest 2 years ago

    We can’t get a 100% perfect gadget. It is good google is very genuine about it unlike other major companies. http://tabletcomputerdeal.com