This is something I have been experiencing for quite some months now and was hoping would be resolved with the latest app & firmware updates. Unfortunately even after the most recent 5.3.1 iOS app update the problem persists.
I’ve noticed that very regularly the location sharing feature whether it be manually sent or Auto shared will show inaccurate/old GPS location data.
This has been experienced by my entire extended group of friends/family consisting of roughly 2 dozen people with gotennas. Covering a wide range of different iPhone models & different versions of iOS.
Sometimes the location data is so old it shows the user several miles from their actual location.
After questioning everyone who experienced the problem I discovered that each of them confirmed that their gotenna was actively connected to their iPhone, they all had location services permission activated for the gotenna app, the app was running in the foreground, & we verified by using other gps apps that their iPhones had a strong and accurate GPS signal.
With all this feedback I have concluded that the issue is not with any of my family’s iPhone hardware, or iOS. The problem is most definitely within the gotenna app.
I have noticed that inaccurate position data is even shown while browsing the map looking at your own position!
When viewing the standard street map view your own “supposedly live” position can be minuets or even hours out of date! However if you turn on the terrain map mode (which you have to pay for) then you actually get your true live position to show up.
This is a very very dangerous glitch to have and I’m surprised it still exists. I reported it many months ago both directly to gotenna as well as in an app review on the App Store.
To give an example of how this unreliable feature can lead to disaster. On my recent family camping trip many of us like to go mountain bike riding. Sometimes in groups and other times on our own. I broke off from the group to check out a new area up a very steep hill. Eventually I turned back and on the downhill ride I crashed pretty bad. Went totally end over end flying through the air, then crashing horribly and tumbling for 50 feet down the hillside before finally coming to a stop in a pile tangled up in what was left of my mountain bike. Miraculously I hadn’t broken anything. My gotenna & iPhone survived the crash, but when I sent my uncle and my dad my position it sent them in the wrong direction back where we had come from roughly 30min before I even split off from the pack. They had to do it the old fashioned way by just randomly searching before they figured out where I was located.
The gotenna system which I love to use had utterly failed us when we needed it most.
If there is anything I can do to assist in getting this bug fixed just let me know.
Here is a collage of recent screen shot examples of this issue: