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Are you facing this GPS issue on your Huawei and Honor devices?

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Smartphone manufacturers rolls out new updates to solve issues regarding security, improve features, and to add new functions. However, sometimes an update can also disturb some existing features and a similar error has been noticed recently by some Huawei and Honor smartphone users.

According to some users, their Huawei and Honor devices, while using the maps, showing incorrect location. GPS keeps losing track of the actual location and showing the location mark on other places.

For Example: When a user sets direction on the map and starts the journey, the location automatically jumps to another place (incorrect location) and starts to track from that location. Take a look at the screenshot linked below.

“Those phones came pre-installed with Android 8.0 or 8.1 (GPS was Fine). Later those which updated from 8.0 or 8.1 to 9.0 or 9.1 or 10.0 having GPS Navigation issues. GPS constantly getting signal lost or jump from one location to another. Many software updates had rolled out from Huawei but none of them solved this issue” said a user.

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Affected Devices List (GPS Issue)

1. Huawei P20 Pro
2. Honor 10
3. Honor view 10
4. Honor 9N
5. Huawei Y9 2019

Maybe could be more.

Apps Checked under this issue:

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1. Google Maps
2. Here we go
3. Map my India

To be mentioned, the phones was showing exact locations after rolling back to EMUI 8.0, 8.1 and 9.1.

Also, this error is not on every smartphone from Huawei and Honor campaign.

What’s the fix?

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Currently, we’ve haven’t found any solution to this problem as there could be different aspects of its occurrence. However, the devices have no hardware problems and users reported that this problem appeared after upgrading to a certain firmware.

Also, there’s no helpful reply that has been given by the official Huawei support as well and suggested users do a ‘Hard Reset’. Even after the hard reset process, the issue still persists.

The Screenshot below contains the information regarding the issue:

  • Blue Circle – Actual location.
  • Direction – It starts from an incorrect location.

Blue circle and incorrect directions (Google Maps)

We also received these settings check from Huawei but they didn’t make any significant changes in the situation.

1. Check the network conditions.

  • Enable mobile data or connect your phone to a functioning Wi-Fi network.
  • Verify that your phone and the positioning app are able to access the Internet and the network conditions are good.

2. Check whether the navigation or location app has been granted permission to obtain your location.

  • Open Settings, search for and access Permissions, select Permissions, then touch Location or Access location info to check whether the app in question is granted the permission.

3. If you are using a mock location app (such as a Fake GPS app)

  • Open the app, disable your location from being changed, then restart your phone.
  • If the issue persists, uninstall the app and restart your phone.
  • If the issue persists, open Settings, search for and access Select mock location app (if it can be found), set the Select mock location app to No app, then restart your phone.

If Select mock location app is unavailable, from the Settings screen, search for and access Build number, touch Build number for seven consecutive times until the “You are now a developer” the message is displayed, then try again.

If your phone settings are correct, perform the following to troubleshoot the issue:

1. If you are using a non-standard protective case or a magnetic phone holder:

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  • A non-standard protective case or magnetic phone holder may contain metal or magnetic materials, which will interfere with signal reception. In this case, remove the protective case or magnetic phone holder.

2. Check whether the issue is caused by the navigation or location app:

  • Restart the app and try again. If the issue persists, Reinstall the app (back up your app data in advance.) or use a similar app.

3. If the issue occurs in a building:

  • Buildings will block the signals of phones/tablets, leading to poor network quality or weak positioning signals, which in turn affects the positioning accuracy of phones/tablets.
  • Use your phone in an environment with good network signals (for example, near the window) and connect your phone to a Wi-Fi network if available for better network quality.
  • Use your phone in open areas where it will be possible to obtain better positioning signals.

4. If the issue occurs when you are in a car:

  • Positioning signals may be affected by the air conditioning system, car kit, event data recorder, protective window film, or magnetic phone holder, leading to inaccurate positioning.
    Place your phone near the car window for better signals.
  • Move your phone away from the car kit. For example, put it near the windshield or by the window nearest to the steering wheel.
  • ¬†Replace the magnetic phone holder with a plastic one.
  • If your car window has a protective film attached, roll down the car window to check whether the issue is caused by the protective film. Some protective films containing metal materials may block positioning signals.
  • If the issue persists, purchase a GPS amplifier.

5. If the issue occurs when you are passing through an area with a lot of tall buildings, a tunnel, or mountains:

  • The positioning accuracy is partly determined by the precision of the map, and maps of areas located away from towns and cities tend to be less accurate, leading to positioning issues.
  • When you are passing through an area with a lot of tall buildings, a tunnel, or mountains, the positioning signal is likely to be blocked. After leaving those areas, the positioning function will work normally.

+ If the issue persists, perform the following to test the positioning function of your phone.

  • Test the positioning function and satellite signal of your phone/tablet in an open area where there are no high buildings within 20 m. Run a comparison test with other models of phones/tablets for at least 1 minute.
  • If there is not a significant difference between your phone/tablet and the phone/tablet that you are comparing it with, the issue may lie with the positioning app or its settings.
  • If there is a significant difference, back up your data and take your device and proof of purchase to an authorized Huawei Customer Service Center for assistance.

Yash is a graduate of computer science and followed his way into journalism, he is interested in various subjects related to technologies and politics. Yash likes to listen classical songs and has a huge library of classical mixes.

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Xiaomi MIUI 13/Android 12 global device List

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The Android 12 based Xiaomi MIUI 13 comes has a lot to offer but initially, the company made this software available only for Chinese consumers. However, there’s also a rollout plan for MIUI 13/Android 12 for global Xiaomi devices owners.

So far, Xiaomi has upgraded a number of different devices with this new MIUI version but the company has decided to upgrade a big lineup of devices with Android 12 powered MIUI 13 software via OTA update.

Still, the global MIUI 13 rollout may have some hiccups and delays in the process but Xiaomi may deliver it ASAP.

In terms of features, Xiaomi MIUI 13 comes with new widgets that will enhance your phone’s home screen user experience with lots of customizations and ease of access without opening an entire app. There is the new MiSans font family that will increase your phone’s UI element visibility.

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Furthermore, the MIUI 13 will get a set of different wallpapers made and inspired by nature and artifacts. To be mentioned, the latest MIUI version has new performance improvements to provide you with better multi-tasking over MIUI 12.5.

Currently, Xiaomi has published the first batch of devices in the MIUI 13/Android 12 global devices list but there could be more models that may soon join the league.

Below you can check all of the Xiaomi MIUI 13 global eligible devices for the first batch users.

  • Mi 11
  • Mi 11 Ultra
  • Mi 11i
  • Mi 11X Pro
  • Mi 11X
  • Xiaomi Pad 5
  • Redmi 10
  • Redmi 10 Prime
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE
  • Xiaomi 11 Lite NE
  • Redmi Note 8 (2021)
  • Xiaomi 11T Pro
  • Xiaomi 11T
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
  • Redmi Note 10
  • Mi 11 Lite 5G
  • Mi 11 Lite
  • Redmi Note 10 JE

Before you update:

If you have any of these eligible devices then make sure you follow the below-mentioned precautions.

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  1. Make sure you have sufficient storage on your smartphone to download and store the OTA software update.
  2. It’s recommended that you make a backup of your phone’s data to avoid any data loss.
  3. The update process may take some time to install the software update.
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Xiaomi MIUI 13/Android 12 for Redmi Note 10 Pro and Mi 11 Lite rolling out

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Xiaomi has started rolling out Android 12 based MIUI 13 update for Redmi Note 10 Pro, Mi 11 Lite smartphones. This stable update is available for Mi Pilot at present. However, we have an expectation about a public release of this update for consumers across the globe shortly.

MIUI 13 has been a popular term in the last few months. The latest software update brings many smart features that enhance the performance as well as stability of the system. Although, we often find some differences between the global version and the Chinese version of this software.

Versions of the Update

According to Xiomiui, The Android 12 based MIUI 13 update for Redmi Note 10 Pro, Mi 11 lite is accessible to the users with a particular version. For Redmi Note 10 Pro, the update is available with version V13.0.2.0.SKFMIXM for Mi Pilot users. Whereas, Mi 11 Lite users receive the update with version V13.0.2.0.SKQMIXM.

MIUI 13 android 12 Redmi note 10 pro

Difference between Global & China Stable

There are some features that you can find in the China stable but are missing from the Global update and vice versa. In spite of some changes, the functioning and the reliability of the system remain at the best for both releases.

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The global MIUI 13 update is still in the continuation with Roboto font instead of the new Mi Sans Font. Besides this, the new live wallpapers still remain unknown in the global stable. The global update also lacks the control center. The same goes for the MIUI 13 China stable, the background permissions for various application is not available for the country stable except for the global version only.

The background permission feature allows the users to track the applications that access the camera, microphone, and location of the device. This feature is similar to the privacy indicator and dashboard in the Android 12 operating system. The feature can be enabled from the ‘Privacy’ section of the Settings menu.

Update Instructions

As it is a beta version, the users can download and install this update manually using the MIUI downloader. The users can also wait and check for the updates by moving to the “Settings” section of the device. Then select the “About Phone” option and click on the “System Updates”.

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Android 12 Custom ROM Download Link [List]

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Android 12 Custom ROM

Google’s Android 12 is now official, the software maker is already out under the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Aside from the Pixel devices, Samsung and OnePlus’s top flagship are also eligible to enjoy the latest version of Android via the beta testing program.

Android 12 comes with a new user interface powered by Material You, smart features, a better and round UX design as well as numerous security enhancements over the previous version of the Android operating system.

The Android 12 Beta program will be initiated by other Android users such as – Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Realme, and other Chinese as well as international brands. Following a successful beta run, these device makers will send stable Android 12 based software skins to corresponding smartphones.

However, different OEMs have their own rollout and upgrade processes. For instance, some rollout procedure to major version takes time, while some wait even to begin the testing activity.

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Still, there’s another way that Android phone users can install the latest Android version using an “Android 12 custom ROM”. There are plenty of developers on XDA that made this possible and brought you a collection of Android 12 custom software builds.

Download Android 12 custom ROM, which enables you to flash your phone (eligible) with the Android 12 and install the latest software features on the devices.

To be mentioned, the possibility of BUGS and Issues in these custom software is likely to be there because these aren’t Official builds of the respective smartphone maker. Below you can download the latest custom Android 12 ROM.

Android 12 Custom ROM

1. Asus:

2. Lenovo:

3. Motorola:

4. Nokia:

5. OnePlus

6. Realme:

8. Xiaomi:

9. Essential

10. Google

11. LG

12. Raspberry Pi

13. Razer

14. Sony

Some known issues on OnePlus Devices:

  1. Encryption is not working, so it is disabled. If you have /data encrypted, do not flash this ROM without formatting /data first.

How to install these custom Builds on OnePlus:

  • Backup everything.
  • The provided zip can be installed using the TWRP recovery: clear data while doing that.
  • The ROM expects the firmware from OOS 10.0.1: different firmware is not tested.
  • GApps is not available for Android 12 yet.
  • The provided recovery allows only flashing signed images: use TWRP if you need to flash GApps or different packages.
  • If you want to keep the TWRP flashed, flash the persist_twrp.zip provided here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/aosponeplus/files/Misc/
  • And flash the TWRP image you prefer.

Information regarding the Xiaomi Android 12 Custom Build:

Features that are currently working on MIUI 13 build:

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  • Boots
  • RIL (Calls, SMS, Data)
  • Fingerprint
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera
  • Camcorder
  • Video Playback
  • Audio
  • Sensors
  • Flash
  • LED
  • GPS
  • Volte

Instructions :

  • Download the latest build and GApps
  • Reboot to recovery
  • Flash proper vendor and firmware
  • Flash the latest build and GApps
  • Reboot
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