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From "Remi Boardman (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-13604) Returned location coordinates are very inaccurate after requesting location for a period of time while not connected to wifi
Date Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:35:00 GMT


Remi Boardman commented on CB-13604:

I'm still able to consistently reproduce this issue on several devices.

I've since switched to using the {{watchPosition}} method which is consistenly more accurate,
however I don't actually need to know the position in realtime and this may have a negative
impact on battery life.

While using {{getPosition}} in an interval I did noticed the following warning violation in
console {{Only request geolocation information in response to a user gesture.}}. That's what
prompted me to use {{watchPosition}} instead, however I still see that warning from time to
time while using {{watchPosition}}. I presume {{watchPosition}} also requests the location
in an interval as I was doing manually. It'd be nice if {{watchPosition}} had a frequency

> Returned location coordinates are very inaccurate after requesting location for a period
of time while not connected to wifi
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CB-13604
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: cordova-ios, cordova-plugin-geolocation
>    Affects Versions: 7.0.1
>         Environment: OS X 10.12.5
> iOS 10.1.1 iPhone 6s
> Android 7.0 Motorola G4
> Ionic v1 (latest)
>            Reporter: Remi Boardman
>              Labels: accuracy, android, geolocation, ios
> While requesting a location every 10 seconds using an interval, I consistently see the
accuracy of returned positions suddenly jump to several kilometers. The lat/long of each location
request in my App is saved to an external database and is then used to update the marker position
on a web based Google Map. At first the marker is in exactly the right place then after several
minutes it becomes wildly inaccurate. 
> To debug this I saved the accuracy of each location request to an array and each time
I tested, the accuracy began at around 10-65 metres then jumped to around 2km on Android and
over 10km on iOS after around 6-7 minutes consistently. The returned coordinates continue
to be very inaccurate for several minutes and then return to between 10-65 metres.
> Here is a subset of the location accuracy array on iOS when the issue is present, each
line is the returned accuracy in metres; 10 seconds apart:
> {quote}
> [   
>    65,
>    65,
>    65,
>    65,
>    10079,
>    10079,
>    10079,
>    10079
> ]
> {quote}
> As far as I can tell, this issue is only present when the device is not connected to
a wifi network. I can reproduce this behaviour on both iOS and Android, while inside and stationary,
and while travelling on foot with line of sight to the sky. I have ensured the app remains
in the foreground while testing and the device/screen is awake. I make no changes to the App
or device when the accuracy decreases.
> I have tried with and without {{enableHighAccuracy}} enabled and the behaviour does not
change. I have {{maximumAge}} set to zero and a {{timeout}} of 10000 milliseconds.
> I am using {{navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition}} for each request. {{watchPosition}}
does not suit my purpose because I am only updating the database with returned coordinates
every 10 seconds.

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