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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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Google Play system update adds Android 13 Play Protect information

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Google Play Protect Android 13

Google has already rolled out the September 2022 Play System Update for Android devices. But it looks like, the company has saved some features at that time to reveal later this month. In the latest edition, the Google Play system update adds support for the Play Protect information to the Android 13 interface.

The company began the September 2022 update with improvements for the Google Kids Space. Thereafter, the US manufacturer introduced some new and reflective features for the Wear OS with unique alerts for compromised passwords.

Now, once again, Google has entered into the Play System to make it more reliable and convenient. But this time, the change initiates from the latest interface – Android 13.

According to the official Google reports, phones running on the Android 13 operating system will display Play Protect information. Users will be able to access this feature in the Settings menu > Security and Privacy Settings section.

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How is this feature useful? Consequently, Play Protect will inspect the behavior of the application on the device. Besides, it will inform you about the basic details of the app before you install them from the Google Play Store. Hence, you will be able to detect whether the particular app is suitable or harmful for your gadget.

Google Play Protect Android 13

Track the app installation activity

Apart from this change to Android 13, Google has also implemented some finer techniques that let you trace the app installation process. This function also falls in the Play Protect category. Ultimately, the company has expanded the details displayed on the Play Store listings.

These details might be regarding app permissions, changing policies, and so on. Aside, you will be able to check the installation status of the app on your other devices with the help of your smartphone.

Currently, the latest versions of the Play System and Play Store (v32.4) do not exhibit any new progress. Perhaps, the company might be testing these features on its server, and could soon bring them to the real surface. But, the good news is that the app downloading will become quite more productive and convenient for Android users with the new Play System update.

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Android 13 to improve software updates on all devices

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Google has taken some mandatory steps for the devices that will upgrade to the latest Android interface. Eventually, Android 13 will support improved and seamless software updates for smartphone devices with the help of a virtual A/B system.

Google makes sure that all its devices are running on updated systems. It constantly rolls out new builds that shield your smart gadget from the latest vulnerabilities. Besides, it provides freshly released patches to secure the internal system.

However, some users don’t like to keep their devices up-to-date on a regular basis. Maybe the fear of interface breakage or damage and deletion of data are the reasons behind such actions. Thus, most of the users remain inactive in the updates section.

Android 13 – Virtual A/B system

Consequently, for such users and devices, Google is returning to the speed up track of software updates with Android 13. The company has introduced the A/B virtual scheme and added support for duplicate partitions as A and B forms. This scheme will serve as Seamless Updates to the users.

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As a result, instead of turning off your device and booting the update, the Seamless Updates will conduct the installation in the background even when the Android device is running. Thereafter, it will opt for a quick reboot, and voila, your smart gadget upgrade is complete!

This will make the software updates easier, faster, and more efficient for Android devices. Although, tech makers like Samsung do not support such schemes, so far. Therefore, Google has made virtual A/B support compulsory for certifying GMS on smartphones that will release with Android 13.

Earlier, the US manufacturer made this rule with traditional Android 11. But at that time, Google has taken its steps back and just updated the Android 11 Compatibility Definition Document (CDD). Since there was no enforcement, many OEMs took this statement lightly.

Though this time, things have become more strict. Google mentioned that companies will only be able to provide Google Mobile Services to their consumers when they will add the support of a virtual A/B system on their devices. Accordingly, every user will be able to enjoy the experience of Seamless Updates after this implementation.

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Google will add Unicode 15 emojis to Android with December updates

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Google Android Unicode emojis

Google Android is one of the vast subjects to which the company is constantly counting new elements. In the latest edition, Google has decided to make the Android system more creative and fun by adding the all-new Unicode 15.0 emojis.

This gets a confirmation from the side of the Google Creative Director of Emoji – Jennifer Daniel. She has shared the recent actions going on the emoji spectrum. Alongside, she briefs the information regarding the latest Unicode 15.0 edition.

To begin with, Jennifer tells about the inclusion of the Unicode feature. It consists of 15 fresh additions to the emoji library. For instance, leftward and rightward hands, shaking face, ginger, donkey, moose, goose, jellyfish, pea pod, and new heart colors.

Not only just in words, but the director has also led us to the design concept of these 21 new emojis. With a sophisticated layout and eye-catching colors, these mini images are quite interesting to glance at.

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Google Android Unicode emojis

NOTO Emoji – New Addition!

Apart from these emojis, Jennifer also brings our notice to the Noto Emoji. Eventually, these emojis are an open-source emoji font that will support Chrome and other Google products. Initially, these emojis were in black and white textures. However, now they fully support the color version.

Wait, the list does not end here. Apart from the Unicode emojis, Google is also trying to bring on some animated figures for the Android system. Consequently, users will find more than 200 types of animated emojis. Check them HERE.

Aside from the website, you can also find these emojis in the latest build of Google Messages. Thus, the upcoming updates for Android are going to bring a huge packet of entertainment and innovation for consumers.

Although it’s not possible to resist the temptation for using and exploring this amazing field of emojis. Yet, the report says that we could only find these emojis by the December update of Android.

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