Several owners of the new Nexus 7 are reporting issues with the tablet’s GPS system, although Google is currently working on a fix.
Not all of the Nexus 7 2 owners are experiencing exactly the same issues, it seems the GPS system on the 7-inch slate is causing a good number of them problems.
According to varies users of the recently launched Google tablet, they are having difficulties maintaining and securing a GPS connection, meaning using Google Maps becomes a bit of a nightmare.
The Nexus 7 2 will lose the GPS connection and fail to regain the signal, even if it is working properly to begin with.
“Several users… including myself, are having GPS problems with the N7 2013,” writes one Google Groups commenter. “It will get a satellite lock and work fine for anywhere between 10 – 30 minutes (longer for others) then it will go back to a “Searching” mode with the GPS icon blinking. Sometimes a reboot helps, others not.”
Other users have offered solutions to the varying GPS issues, but these are proving to only be temporary or not universal.
Google has said that it is working on a fix for the issues, but the GPS malfunctions are clearly widespread.
Hopefully, the problems should be resolved with a software update, with the issues potentially caused by a bug in the system. Should it be a hardware based issues, it could be a huge issue for Google and Asus.
Worringly, the Asus made Nexus 7 2013 tablet could be following in the footsteps of the Asus Transformer Prime tablet, which Asus had to issue GPS extensions kits for following faulty GPS components.
The new Nexus 7 is due to launch in the UK on August 28, hopefully Google will have sorted the issues by then.
Next, read our Nexus 7 2 vs Nexus 7 comparison.