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GPS does not work with android apps on my Experia X after flashing Sailfish X build Looks like a bug

asked 2017-10-15 13:24:49 +0200

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updated 2017-10-24 17:16:20 +0200

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The workaround so far was to start a native Jolla app with navigation to initialize GPS. This should however work out of the box for any android app (alone).

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It works on HERE Maps without any issues for me on Xperia X/Sailfish

SymbianRefugee ( 2017-10-16 14:49:30 +0200 )edit

Experiencing the same thing here on my Sony using Sailfish. GPS does not work in Android applications unless I fire up a native application using the GPS first.

JeffHoogland ( 2017-10-22 15:57:04 +0200 )edit

@JeffHoogland Same for me at Intex Aqua Fish

Marf ( 2017-10-24 13:40:48 +0200 )edit

Sailfish X only supports official Sony's Xperia X phone, not this chinese Experia X copy ;)

Sthocs ( 2017-11-20 19:50:28 +0200 )edit

I did some testing between two set locations and found that on some occasions, the GPS never found my location throughout the entire journey from point A to B (more than a 45 minute car journey). One way (albeit unnecessary) to "help" my Sailfish device find my location in HERE Maps, was to launch the HERE Maps app on my Nokia Lumia device and have them side-by-side. My location was found on my Nokia Lumia almost immediately. Within 10 seconds of my Lumia establishing my GPS location, my XperiaX SailfishX did successfully too.

jimjamz ( 2018-01-07 18:43:06 +0200 )edit

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answered 2017-11-18 23:06:05 +0200

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If you're standing still the GPS function doesn't work. Only when you start moving does if finally kick in.

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I'll test the above statement. I scheduled a day for Helm 2 tomorrow anyway. Thank you for pointing it out.

vattuvarg ( 2017-11-18 23:43:56 +0200 )edit

I set the location to use only GPS, placed the XX at the window and started GPSInfo. No movement at all. The GPS lock took less than 20 seconds .

Did the same test with the JC. Same result.

vattuvarg ( 2017-11-19 12:54:56 +0200 )edit

@vattuvarg GPSInfo isn't an Android app...try launching Here maps alone and standing still. The phone places you somewhere about 20-30kms away from your actual position. Once you start walking or driving then it updates after a few seconds. If you want to have positional info while sitting somewhere then you have to launch GPSInfo first, get a lock and then launch Here or OSM and you will get an accurate position.

Desmo ( 2017-11-20 21:10:11 +0200 )edit

@Desmo - I can confirm your observation. And HERE WeGo doesn't find GPS lock until I restart the app.

vattuvarg ( 2017-11-20 21:56:44 +0200 )edit

Unfortunately, I had the same issue as the OP and found this answer to be the same diagnosis as mine. I sat in my car for more than 15 minutes for the GPS to find my location. However, it only did this once I set off. However, I have had occasions where HERE maps would not find my location throughout an entire car journey that was more than 45 minutes

jimjamz ( 2018-01-07 18:33:23 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-01-07 15:36:04 +0200

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updated 2018-01-07 15:37:39 +0200

I'm having some issues with the GPS on my Xperia too. It keeps setting my location to the middle of London, UK (in the middle of the river Thames by Lambeth Palace, incidentally!), when I'm 70-odd miles away in Brighton, UK. Once the hardware locks it snaps me to the correct location, but I presume any wifi or mobile-based positioning is putting me in the wrong location. I've taken to firing up Here maps to get it to initialise, but when using Android apps it seems to periodically lose the lock and send me back to London until I switch back to Here maps. Using Google Maps seems fine, so just seems to be apps that do some kind of quick positioning check, maybe?

All a bit frustrating...

I have my suspicions about Mozilla's AGPS service being the issue, but I'm damned if I can remember how to change the SUPL server to Google's for testing purposes...any ideas?

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Ok, I've edited /etc/gps.conf to change the servers and it doesn't seem to have made much difference. All very annoying.

mr_jrt ( 2018-01-07 18:40:35 +0200 )edit

Same here! Always drop me in London whichever app I use so I can't use my gps since I use Xperia X. Is there any solution yet?

liqquid ( 2018-04-15 15:07:28 +0200 )edit

I've had to disable everything except the hardware GPS, as it kept putting me in London when at home on my WIFI, and Huddersfield when out on my 4G connection, which royally screws around with things like dating apps. I think the AGPS support is pretty b*ggered on SFX. :(

With hardware-only it locks quickly enough and is completely accurate.

mr_jrt ( 2018-05-26 13:23:25 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-10-24 13:15:51 +0200

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I had the same behaviour. I went to Settings -> localisation -> and changed from "personnailzed settings" to "energy saving mode". THe Gps starts now when starting Here Maps

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I had to set location to High-accuracy positioning to get it to work for me, takes long time and accuracy isn't as good as Android, but it works, will try the power saving mentioned above.

With less than high accuracy it seemd to sit and wait for ages (over 10 minutes) and still no position besides the city I was in.

SymbianRefugee ( 2017-10-27 06:24:05 +0200 )edit

I've tried with both High Accuracy and Energy Saving among other modes and found none to consistently work. I've also tried these options in multiple countries and locations with no real definitive working option.

jimjamz ( 2018-01-07 18:35:12 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-11-18 11:32:03 +0200

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updated 2017-11-18 11:32:34 +0200

GPS on Android (Waze) does not work on build either. Any reaction from Jolla regarding this?

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answered 2017-11-20 19:36:02 +0200

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GPS works here in Android app, when harbour app "GPS info" is fired up before and receives a triangulated signal. Version

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Comments doesnt even launch for me anymore after Sailfish X update.

DarkTuring ( 2018-01-08 21:10:21 +0200 )edit

I'm using v7.4.4.-web

How2DetermineIfWitch ( 2018-02-08 15:30:19 +0200 )edit
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