Thursday, November 29, 2007

Google Doesn’t Know Where You Are (But It Has a Good Guess) - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

Interesting times...

Last month, I wrote a post called “One Reason We Need a Google Phone: Free GPS.” I was complaining that cellphone carriers, mainly Verizon, are disabling the GPS navigation systems built into phones so they can charge $10 a month for the service. I posited that a Google phone wouldn’t have such a nasty gotcha. (Actually, in Google’s very open model for its Android operating system, carriers and phone makers are free to put as many gotchas as they want into phones.)

Google today is adding a feature for some smartphones that don’t have built in GPS but can read the unique identifying number of the cell tower they are connected to. By using this information, Google can display a map of the general area they are in. (Google isn’t the first to try this sort of thing.)

Google Doesn’t Know Where You Are (But It Has a Good Guess) - Bits - Technology - New York Times Blog

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