Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Others, Form In-Location Alliance
Nokia and 21 other companies have formed a new alliance meant to help improve the performance of location-based services on mobile devices when indoors. The alliance, called In-Location, will focus on improving indoor location accuracy, reducing power consumption of location services, as well as making location services easier to use on mobile devices. The group will primarily look to using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 to help improve indoor location services, and promises to use open interfaces and a standard-based approach. Nokia and its partners hope that by working together, they can speed up the development and adoption of indoor location services. The 22 founding companies include Broadcom, CSR, Dialog Semiconductor, Eptisa, Geomobile, Genasys, Indra, Insiteo, Nokia, Nomadic Solutions, Nordic Semiconductor, Nordic Technology Group, NowOn, Primax Electronics, Qualcomm, RapidBlue Solutions, Samsung Electronics, Seolane Innovation, Sony Mobile Communications, TamperSeal AB, Team Action Zone, and Visioglobe. The group expects to start pilot programs by the end of 2012 and deliver solutions to mobile devices before the end of 2013.
Facebook Adds More Control Over Location Sharing In Messenger
Facebook today altered the way it handles location sharing within Messenger. Previously, Messenger allowed users to set their location-sharing status to on or off.
Instagram Bows Location and Hashtag Search
Instagram today made it easier to find story content in its mobile app based on location or interests/topics. A new story ring now appears at the top of the explore section.
Google Maps Improves Location-Sharing Tools
Google today made it possible for Maps users to share their exact location with friends and family. In Maps, users need only tap the blue dot (signifying their location) and select those with whom they'd like to share.
Wireless Carriers Set Indoor 911 Location Framework
The CTIA Wireless Association recently announced that its largest members have agreed to a preliminary timeframe for improving the accuracy of 911 calls made from indoors. In February, the FCC demanded that wireless network operators increase 911 location data accuracy to cover larger buildings.
Google Releases New Play Services SDK for Devs
Google has spent the last few weeks pushing Google Play Services 8.4 to Android devices and today released the SDK developers need to access the new features within. Most of the benefits of Play Services 8.4 are developer facing, rather than end-user facing.