Watch seems to be plagued with problems resolving GPS fix when not tethered to a phone. I went out for a run, without my phone and it took the watch close to 10 minutes to get a GPS Fix. This severely limits the functionality of the "Outdoor/Fitness" aspect of the watch.
Is there a planned fix?
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Wear GPX Fix does not help for me. Even in the best scenarios for perfect GPS reception - out in the open, no clouds, flat and open landscape - the recorded track is zigzagging wildly, distance and speed are 20% off, the usual as reported by many people here.
To me this doesn't look like a GPS fix issue, I think it's one of two things: Either the built-in radio transmitters are disturbing GPS reception, which would be a fundamental design flaw - or the combined readings of GPS and cell tower triangulation (aka Assisted GPS) give too much priority to the latter, which is a software bug.
Since this used to be working much much better a year ago, I'm leaning towards the software.
I am curious if this GPS issue is related to having other applications opened while tracking an exercise. I am using Youtube music and wear the Galaxy buds. Maybe this is a memory issue keeping the location in active memory. I'm going to go for a run and test this.
I sent the bug report via samsung members app, if you have same problem, please send it too: GPS does not work. When you start any workout, for example Running or Cycling, after 10 seconds the message “GPS connection error” appears, the green GPS indicator does not stop flashing even after an hour of training in open areas, in clear weather. I tried to run the Wear GPS Fix application, until recently the Fix value and the Found(sattelites) value were always equal to 0. Today I discovered that after running this application for a long time (almost the whole day), the Found value changed to 1, but this did not solve the problem .
Another problem with GPS on GW5 Pro. Since few days altitude on compass app is not working. Appears info: Cannot establish altitude. Check outside. Sometimes, after minutes altitude appears (until app works in thebackground).
Walking the golf course with Watch 6 and S23 Ultra, using Samsung Health walking app on both. WIFI and Bluetooth turned off so they aren't working together.
Watch reports 2.49 miles. S23 Ultra reports 3.02 miles -- which is much closer to the real distance. I have seen the same with other walks.
Watch 6 is useless for tracking distance.