Anyone who's used the Dell Venue Pro know its a love-hate relationship. And just as things were looking up for the device with Mango and some new firmware, a new issue has cropped up, one that has been bothering us too.
The compass doesn't work. For any app. No Stars 3D, no compass, no augmented-reality, nothing.
The compass drive and API are up to the OEM to provide which is why when you update to Mango you get two updates: the OS and the firmware. And while Dell did deliver the firmware (jumping from 212 to 219) they evidently botched it with the compass driver, as is becoming obvious for many users.
Now at XDA, some sleuthing has in fact shown this to be the case. Mitchell S., has taken a look at the log during the Mango setup and found this:
**** Starting IMGFS Update @ 16:46:58 ****
Deleting file compassDrv.dll. &$^4?!
CustomSettings.cab.pkg->5E542BF4-046F-41AA-8BB7-FFB031E0F024.rgu @ 16:46:59
Setting invalid OS state
QC_8x50_OS_SHIP.cab.pkg->D3F0E60E-DE7C-11DF-930A-3D26E0D72085.rgu @ 16:46:59
CustomIcon.cab.pkg->05E12A31-F993-40A4-8A58-136879E5CCEC.rgu @ 16:46:59
Even if that wasn't the reason, it still doesn't explain why our compass is locked at 100 degrees. What say you, Dell? Are we going to have to wait another six-months for this to be fixed?