According to many threads on Reddit and elsewhere from around the web, many Galaxy S8 and Note 8 users are experiencing an issue where navigation apps are unable to keep a consistent GPS lock on. These users are reporting that apps like Google Maps, for example, won’t track their location once they start driving. Users believe the issue started following an update rolled out earlier this year, but it’s difficult to pinpoint the root cause. In any case, the volume of complaints we’re seeing suggests that Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 owners have been dealing with this issue for months now.
Our tipster, XDA member shiftf7, managed to capture a video of their GPS tracking issues in action. As you can see in the video, the user’s navigation app of choice — in this case, Google Maps — is unable to track the phone’s location, even though they’re out and about in a moving vehicle and the navigation app on their car kit works fine. You can imagine how frustrating that might be for people trying to use navigation to travel somewhere.
ShiftF7 also compiled an extensive list of Reddit posts with Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 owners complaining about these GPS tracking issues. It doesn’t appear Samsung has acknowledged and rolled out an update to fix the issue yet, as users are still complaining about the issue.
Whatever the case, there are many Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 having GPS tracking issues, and they want a fix. At the very least, hopefully Samsung acknowledges something is going on. Otherwise, there are a lot of unhappy Samsung Galaxy owners out there who can’t use their phone for navigation.