GPS accuracy is really bad

DarkwoodDarkwood Level 1
edited September 2020 in ZenFone 6
The GPS accuracy for tracking when I am running is really bad. The Zenfone 6 counts the kilometers badly by adding a lot of meters (more than 100) before reaching a kilometer. Compared with different mobiles the Zenfone is the worst.
Can you improve it with an update? Is vey annoying running with this phone.

The screenshots are from different tracking software (endomondo and strava)

Comments

  • I had about 50m-100m inaccuracies in GPS too despite all location related settings turned on.
  • I found compass orientation in walking mode very unstable .. i tried it in Google Maps and its not possible to increase the accuracy of the calibration doing the "8" movement.
  • The integrated GPS module is dual band. But the device utilise only for couple of second this second band, shown in the screenshot as "L5", then dissapears and stays at "L1" for all of the sattelites.
    The second screenshot: red mark- where i really am, blue dot- where my Z6 thinks i am, even after over a 200 fixes. Couple of times factory reseted, no change!
    Absolutely unacceptable!eptable!
  • The same happens with compass orientation.. when i open GMaps, in the first seconds the accuracy is "high", but after then it changes to "low" with no possibility to improve the calibration
  • looks fine to me. i am from India. 
  • edited July 2019
    I can't say why your phones have unstable GPS signals, if this happens all the time. If this is something that happens to you just sometimes, then I will have to say that it's normal.

    My own ZenFone 6 has an accuracy of 3-4m which is perfectly normal for a phone. I have tried it next to other ASUS phones and competitors while walking around. Even though they all perform differently from time to time, they perform equally when putting all the results together.

    The compass on all devices were also all inaccurate at some point and some even gut stuck which was easily fixed with a calibration in google maps. So it is just the technology as a whole.  Some times you get great results, sometimes you do not. It is unfortunately normal if the compass is not accurate all the time but it should work most of the time and calibration is something you need to do quite often if you're trying to orient yourself while standing still.

    Bottom line, a phone GPS is never as accurate as a dedicated GPS. Its main purpose is for navigation and not accurate measurements of a long run as these kind of measurements are never locked to the road (as when navigating). For this purpose, if high accuracy is of importance, you need to buy a professional GPS tracker.

    If you suspect that your devices GPS is not working properly, then please compare it with other phones. You can always contact ASUS Service and ask them to test it if your ZenFone 6 wasn't performing nearly as well as the other phones you compared it with.
  • The problem is that me and other users have a zenfone with inaccurate GPS. My answer is if Asus can fix it with a firmware update or need I to send the phone back to the shop and buy another phone.
    I have compare it with a Samsung S7, honor 8 and a Huawei.
  • me too, i have compared compass accuracy while walking with Oneplus 5T. With Zenfone 6, compass calibration is very unstable (most of times it stays on LOW precision) and it's not possible to improve precision doing the "8" calibration movement.
  • SaranSaran Level 2
    Yes, the accuracy is way too off than other phones 
  • Darkwood said:
    The problem is that me and other users have a zenfone with inaccurate GPS. My answer is if Asus can fix it with a firmware update or need I to send the phone back to the shop and buy another phone.
    I have compare it with a Samsung S7, honor 8 and a Huawei.
    I'm betting on that there is something wrong with your device as my device performed as expected. It could be that there is a bug that results in bad performance under certain circumstances but then I need to see some pattern. If you say that it is bad all the time, then it sounds more like it is your device. If you had said that it is really bad when.... Then that is something we can look for and try to replicate
  • You should investigate.. I think its a software issue because when I use the compass in gmaps it always start in high accuracy and after 10 secs it goes to low accuracy .. .After that the accuracy is unstable ... Other phones are more stable in compass accuracy 
  • edited August 2019
    I have made a 1 km walking test with 5 different phones, different brands while tracking with Geo Tracker.
    On top of this, I have continuously monitored the orientation (compass) of three phones for a longer walk and my conclusion from both of these tests is that there is nothing out of the ordinary with ZenFone 6. 
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ilyabogdanovich.geotracker&hl=sv
    I welcome people to test their ZenFone 6 using this app while simultaneously comparing with their old or a friends phone as a reference.
This discussion has been closed.