Some new Nexus 7 Models Suffering GPS Woes; Google Working on Fix

The new ASUS made Nexus 7 tablet is off to an auspicious start so far...first there was critical praise for its powerful specifications and sleek design, all at a competitive price, but it seems as though it is suffering from some growing pains. It was reported just days ago that some owners of the device were complaining of random reboots and the device getting hot, and now there could be an issue with the GPS not functioning properly. In one of the Google forums, a user reported:

Several users on XDA, Nexus 7 Google+ Communities, Android Central, etc... including myself, are having GPS problems with the N7 2013. It will get a satellite lock and work fine for anywhere between 10-30 minutes (longer for others) then it will go back into a "Searching" mode with the GPS icon blinking. Sometimes a reboot helps, others not. After doing my own troubleshooting, factory defaulting my device, then returning/exchanging my device with the reseller... I reached out to Google Play Support for help and they stated that they are aware of the issue, that it was affecting N7 owners, and that engineering should be issuing a patch fix at some point... they were very vague on any details when asked for clarification.

It is good to know that Google is aware of the situation and will hopefully get out a fix very quickly; in the meantime, there are many new Nexus 7 owners that are a little more than frustrated. One forum poster thinks he may have found a solution by doing the following:

I may have fixed it. I installed GPS Test and in the app you hit the menu, settings, then "Clear AGPS" and then Update AGPS. Then I did a reboot. It got a fix in 9 seconds sitting in my living room. I"ve been trying out all sorts of navigation apps for a couple of hours and it has not hiccupped once. Took it out for a drive in the car and no problems. Fingers are crossed, I was going to return it tomorrow if it was still flaky.

Please let us know in the comments if you are experiencing any issues with your Nexus 7, whether it is random reboots or GPS issues. We will update you as soon as we hear anything from Google.

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