America News: Google launches beta version of non-GPS location service

America News:  Google launches beta version of non-GPS location service

Google’s My Location technology allows users to determine their location on the map whether their cell-phones are GPS-enabled or not.

The My Location feature uses various algorithms to determine the user’s location according to information broadcast from mobile towers nearest to the user’s cell-phone.

It’s not GPS, but it comes pretty close – approximately 1,000m close on average, says Google.

According to Google, the My Location technology also complements GPS-enabled devices, as it delivers a location estimate faster than GPS, provides coverage inside buildings where GPS signals are often unreliable, and doesn't drain phone batteries as quickly as GPS.

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


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