Vodafone Acknowledges Galaxy S II GPS Bug Caused by Recent Android 2.3.3 Update

Recently, Vodafone acknowledged complaints from many Samsung Galaxy S II owners who claim to be experiencing GPS problems ever since the most recent firmware update was issued. Reports are showing that GPS services are now taking extremely too long to lock on to a usable signal and sometimes wont even lock on at all.

Thankfully, Vodafone stepped up to the plate and agreed that the latest Android 2.3.3 update was the culprit and says, “We’re aware that some Vodafone customers are experiencing a slow GPS lock on their device following the recent software update,” and continued with “We’re investigating the cause with Samsung and will provide an update on timings for a fix as soon as we have more information. In the meantime, customers should still able to use location services as normal once their device has locked onto the GPS connection.”

Too bad part of the complaint was that sometimes the phone would not receive a GPS signal at all, no matter how long they waited. I guess at least somebody is aware of the issue and plans are in motion to devise a fix. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take too long, it must be a bummer having such a sweet device that all of the sudden gets crippled by a the carriers official Android update. Sound off in the comments below if you were one of the folks effected by the bug.

[via Vodafone forums]


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Stacy Bruce was born and raised in Spokane Washington. He attended the University of Washington to study pre-med only to change his course study a year later to forensic science. Although currently not a doctor or a scientist, some believe he posseses the knowledge of both. He was a resident of San Diego California for ten years, lived beachside and sometimes wonders why the hell he moved back to Spokane. A multi-talented man, Stacy is a fabricator, an artist, a gear head, a tech junkie and at most, the disciple of Casanova. Growing up, he was always enthralled with electronics, gadgets and gizmos. Throughout his life he has had one, if not two, of every cool and new electronic device available. He began his smartphone experience with the original iPhone. After realizing it was more like theirPhone, he decided he wanted the ability to customize, so Stacy moved to the OG Droid and has been a loyal Android fanatic ever since. Moving through all of the top tier Verizon phones, he recently retired his Droid Charge in favor of the Galaxy Nexus, only to wonder what great device Samsung will come out with next. Stacy is a busy new homeowner in where he lives with his beautiful girlfriend and two dogs.

  • Simon

    That’s not the only problem with my SGSII. I’ve been into Vodafone twice complaining of dropped data connections and ye olde ‘switch into flight mode mid call’.

    Not to mention the absolutely appalling battery since the upgrade. I can’t even get 12 hours on the thing.

    They don’t know how to fix it.

    Here’s an idea – why not just give us the standard 2.3.5 update. Vodafone don’t change the iPhone iOS, so why change the android platform? Stop f*cuking with your customers!

    • Tomhoward

      So true, why do they insist on hacking up old builds and calling them an “update”.