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Google Further Refines 'MyLocation' With Wi-Fi

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Oct 22, 2008, 2:52 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The latest version of Google Maps and Google Maps for Mobile can use Wi-Fi to determine location information. The premise is similar to what Google does with cell tower information. The signals transmitted by nearby Wi-Fi access points are used to pinpoint location. Since the range of a Wi-Fi access point is smaller than that of a cell phone tower, this often results in a much more accurate position. The new feature works with BlackBerry devices for now, but support for the HTC G1 Android phone and other platforms will be added soon.




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Oct 22, 2008, 3:27 PM

big deal!

99% of cellphones comes with GPS chip! who cares!
Verizon cripples gps on blackberries unless you pay them extra for the service. So this is pretty good news.

Oct 22, 2008, 3:46 PM

Cell tower GPS

Cell tower triangulation is already pretty accurate. Based on what I've seen of iPhone wifi gps, it's more accurate than that.

Oct 22, 2008, 3:24 PM

iPhone and iPod touch have already had this for a while...

And deep within the G1/Android settings, it mentions using Wi-Fi to determine location.

Oct 22, 2008, 3:04 PM

HTC Toouch

its never worked on my phone, so will it work now? and do i need to download somthing to get it to work
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