By Joe Levi | December 29, 2010 2:17 PM
Samsung hasn’t had the best luck with GPS in their Android-powered phones. Some have blamed poor drivers, others have cited the wrong aGPS configuration. Other individuals have claimed poor GPS reception in Samsung’s Galaxy S series of devices (specifically the Vibrant) is due in large part to poor workmanship inside the phone itself.
We’re not taking sides, making accusations, or laying blame. We do, however, think that Vibrant owners may like to know about this potentially warranty-voiding hardware hack that may resolve some of the problems with Vibrant’s built before a certain date.
The “fix”, as you’d probably assume, requires opening up your phone, and making a modification to piece of hardware on the circuit board. It really boils down to simply bending a copper “spring” to make better contact with the internal GPS antenna. Later phones reportedly don’t have this problem.
For full instructions, head over to the thread at XDA-Developers.com. If you’re feeling adventurous, let us know if this hack helps your GPS reception!