Data Connection and Navigation
On re-reading my earlier version of this report, I realised it didn't make sense so I've deleted it and resurrected it in this thread.
Since updating to 126.96.36.199, I've noticed that the data connection on my phone, an iPhone 3GS running iOS 6.1.3, has been much more erratic than it used to be. It's well known that Waze has difficulty re-establishing a data connection once it's dropped out, but it seems to have become worse. Whether 188.8.131.52 has included any changes to that part of the code, I've no idea, but there are journeys where the app is searching for a data connection more than it's connected. Again, I've no idea whether this impacts on it, but a lot more of the areas I drive through offer a 4G connection rather than 3G.
Yesterday, I asked Waze for a route to my destination as I wasn't sure which would be the fastest route - only the first 5 miles or so are variable - for the remaining 3, it would be along the same road. During my journey, the data connection dropped out. It came back for a bit and then dropped out again.
At some point during the journey, I lost the purple line on the map indicating the route I was to follow. As I knew the route by then, I didn't need directions, and assumed that navigation had just stopped, perhaps due to the lack of data connection. When I arrived at the destination, the chequered flag was there OK, so the app knew where I was going - it had just stopped taking me there. I've had this happen again today, where the route Waze wants me to follow disappears but the chequered flag is in place when I reach my destination.
I've not seen this behaviour before, so I'm not sure whether it's an ageing phone, the new version of the app, the variability of network connection or what. Probably a bit of all three, but I'm expecting Waze to operate as advertised on a supported phone/operating system and it isn't. I'm on a UK T-Mobile network accessing the EE 3/4G network.
If this is related to 184.108.40.206, it's been a retrograde step given the importance of having a good data connection for as much of the journey as possible. I would have hoped that Waze would be closer to solving the problems of re-establishing a data connection when one's available again, but there's a lot of searching going on when the phone is sitting there with 4 bars signal strength and a 4G connection.
Have others seen this happening? If not, then I need to replace the phone. If this is the application, I hope we get a fix soon.
Local Champ, AM South London, Wessex, S Wales, Jamaica
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