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Samsung Releases GPS Restore App for Galaxy S Phones

Samsung has just released an app called GpsRestore that aims to alleviate some GPS performance woes that have plagued owners of Galaxy S Android phones. Specifically, the app is for the AT&T Captivate (SGH-I897) and T-Mobile Vibrant (SGH-T959).

Essentially, the app restores the GPS config files that may have been modified/adjusted by the use of LbsTestMode. At this point, even if you haven’t played around with LbsTestMode or any other GPS settings, but are still experiencing problems with your phone’s GPS, you might as well give this app a try. Make sure that any and all applications that may be using GPS are stopped before starting GpsRestore. Some users have also suggested disabling WiFi before running GpsRestore for best results.

As an owner of the T-mobile Vibrant, I will be the first person to tell you that the GPS performance has been absolutely horrendous. Coming from a T-mobile G1, which would instantly lock on my position without even a hiccup, I never suspected that GPS could be such a huge issue with a new phone.

Previously, I played around with many of the GPS settings, fixes, and LbsTestMode adjustments to no avail. Extreme frustration is an understatement. Luckily (and to my surprise), Samsung’s GpsRestore actually worked for me. Before installing the app, my GPS couldn’t lock on closer than >100′s of feet (and would jump around from time to time). After running the app, I got a direct, accurate lock after 5-10 seconds that persisted for as long as I used Google Maps (and worked on multiple occasions, even without a direct view of the sky).

As for this app’s success rate, comments in the Android Market make it obvious that it’s not working for everybody.

My recommendation for now: cross your fingers, hop on one foot, and sprinkle some fairy-dust on your Samsung Galaxy S and you might have some success. Did the app fix work for you?

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  1. Didn’t seem to make much difference. Can’t wait to get rid of my Samsung phone and buy from a dependable company (i.e., HTC).

  2. Nope, didn’t work for me :(

  3. I have some problems: I don’t find GPSRestore on the market even when I used the QR code…
    I’m french and I have the last DocRambone Rom installed on my Galaxy S.
    Anybody have a solution ?

    Sorry if my english isn’t good :)

    • Because this Samsung app is targeted at AT&T Captivate and T-mobile Vibrant users, I’m going to assume it’s only available for certain countries, e.g. U.S.

      • Thanks for the answer.
        I hope Samsung wont forget us in the future and will release GPSRestore for all Galaxy S owners ;)

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