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POSITIONING: Google releases Google Maps Mobile 2.0 with GPS-less positioning
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 29.11.07 - 07:29:06 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 17218x
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I have video viewed it in my recent feature video of the LG KS20, which doesn't has GPS and as it turns out, it's not a Vodafone only feature anymore but now available for all. Google just released Google Maps Mobile 2.0 with My Location (beta) where you can get your location on the map, with or without GPS. Save time and tedious keystrokes finding where you are, what's around you, and how to get there. Press "0" and look for the blue dot on the map. If you have a GPS-enabled device, this blue dot corresponds to your GPS location. At times, or if you do not have a GPS-enabled phone, you might see the blue dot surrounded by a light blue circle  to indicate uncertainty about your location:

Why the uncertainty? The My Location feature takes information broadcast from mobile towers near you to approximate your current location on the map - it's not GPS, but it comes pretty close (approximately 1000m close, on average). Google Maps Mobile 2.0 still in beta, but it my tests it was definitely working well, down to 200 meters or so.

The My Location feature is now available for most web-enabled mobile phones, including Windows Mobile, Java, BlackBerry, and Nokia/Symbian devices.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Ike on 29.11.07 - 12:07:55

Works on my P3600 but not on my LG KS20 sitting next to it on the same netwrok (SFR aka Vodafone France..)lol. Doesn't make sense...

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.11.07 - 18:14:07

Interesting since I got the positioning working on the LG KS20 with the previous Google Maps Mobile version already, as I demoed in the KS20 Feature II video earlier this week.
But anyway, with my international roaming SIM connected to KPN I get it working here in the Netherlands too while the domestic Vodafone SIM doesn't works. Seems to be device and network dependent...

Posted by chris44gw on 30.11.07 - 23:39:07

It only works on my Treo 750 when I'm not in a 3g area.  On my girl's 700wx it won't work at all.

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