The latest Nexus 7 (2013) might be one of the hottest 7 inch tablets available in the market today but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have any problems. One particular concern that various owners of this device are complaining about is that it seems to have GPS searching issues. Those who have experienced this problem have posted this concern over at the xda-developers forum and based on the comments it looks like it is not an isolated incident.
Flippy125, member of the forum, said that “I was just wondering if anybody has been having this issue. After successfully locking onto satellites for GPS for navigation, if I turn off maps when I reach my destination, it requires a reboot until I can use GPS again, it only updates once every few minutes. Haven’t done much testing on it since I was on a highway going 80 when I noticed”
What happens is that the GPS works fine for 10 to 30 minutes or even longer then it will go to “Searching mode” with the GPS icon constantly blinking. Rebooting the device will solve the problem most of the time but there are times when it does not help. Some users are reporting that turning off “Access to my location” at Settings >Location Access then turning it back on after a minute may help but not all the time.
Some owners have resorted to returning their device to the store and exchanging it with another unit but the problem is still present.
Google seems to be aware of the issue and said that the problem exists in the Nexus 7 (2013) models. They went on to say that engineering will be issuing a patch soon to solve this issue. No specific date was given as to when this fix will be arriving however we do hope that it will come soon.