Telstra and HTC locate fix for Desire GPS

Telstra (ASX:TLS) and HTC have issued a software update to fix an issue with the GPS on the manufacturer's Desire smartphone.

Last week, Australian owners of HTC's latest Android-based smartphone, the Desire, complained of problems with the phone's GPS function.

HTC and the smartphone's sole distributor in Australia, Telstra, both acknowledged the issue, blaming the telco's custom settings on the phone rather than the GPS hardware itself.

Some users reported an inability for the phone to find a GPS fix, particularly using triangulation assistance features from nearby Wi-Fi routers and mobile towers.

The software fix is now available as firmwareover the air (FOTA)or as a download from the website.

The local release of the HTC Desire was initially slated for 27 April, but was brought forward to the 21st due to "strong consumer interest".

Telstra has sole telco rights over the phone for the first six months, but the smartphone is unlocked and can be used with any carrier.

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