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Moto Z Play - global navigation satellite systems

Hi! I've heard the Moto Z Play has a very fast and accurate GPS (GNSS-receiver). So it should be perfect for hiking and geocaching (in the woods). On the product page it shows the MZP only use A-GPS for location determination. Why? The snapdragon 625 processor supports GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo. I know for galileo is a firmware update necessary, but how probable is it? Galileo is not 100% operational right now (neither beidou) but it's important enough.
It looks like a perfect phone for hiking and geocaching (especially with the great battery life) but only with support for all global navigation satellite systems. Smiley Sad 

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Re: Moto Z Play - global navigation satellite systems

aGPS still uses satellites, it means assisted. So if say you're indoors or somewhere else where the GPS reciever in the phone can't see the signals from the sattelites you will still have a location, just not as accurate because Cell Tower triangulation is not as accurate as traditional GPS. Outdoors the location recieved is no different than an off the shelf GPS unit

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