Microsoft improves the GPS performance while driving in latest Windows 10 Mobile build

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

A good GPS app is a valuable tool when you’re heading to a destination for the first time. Of course, sometimes the coordinates are not very accurate and you may end up driving in circles. Lumia owners know exactly how this feels because its GPS app has a few issues related to inaccurate localization.

User complaints about GPS issues started back in January:

I have an issue with my new Lumia 950. […] When I start using Maps to navigate, sometimes it works without a problem and others it freezes the phone and I have to soft reset (volume down and power held down).

When the phone reboots, everything works fine except that it doesn’t get a fix on my location (except for within around 100 miles) for around an hour after the reset. I even tried putting on the latest Insider Preview in the hope that the Bluetooth/GPS fixes it listed would fix it. As of this morning, it’s made no difference.

This issue didn’t/doesn’t happen to my Lumia 1020 running the latest Insider Preview and the exact same software and car stereo.

I bought the phone last week and I’m already using a replacement from Amazon because I thought it might have been a faulty GPS […]

As an update, the phone crashed at 6:30 this morning. As of now (12:30) it’s still not able to accurately tell me my location.

Another user confirms:

On my 950 with all the latest updates (not insider preview, but standard), Maps app has a lot of trouble finding my current location.  I have seen it give up and just ask me to enter my location manually.  When driving or stopped, my location isn’t updated.  Also, in the now rare instances where it knows where I am, it there is no voice in voice navigation.

Microsoft informed users of the improved performance of its GPS app while driving, but notice that the company didn’t go as far as guarantee issues wouldn’t occur anymore. It simply states that GPS coordinates will be better retrieved:

Improved performance when retrieving updated GPS coordinates while driving.

So far, no Lumia owners have confirmed this on the forum.

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