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Devs: RIM Adds Wi-Fi Geolocation Service for Location-Aware Apps


RIM improved their location services that they offer devs this month with the addition of Wi-Fi geolocation. Originally devs had to use GPS to find your location and then RIM added the ability to get your location from cell phone towers (Cell Site Geolocation) a year ago. Now devs can also get your location based on the Wi-Fi network you are connected to. RIM collected this information anonymously from BlackBerry users to enable the feature worldwide.

Wi-Fi geolocation nicely compliments the GPS and cell tower location services and should help devs get a quick location on OS 6.0+ devices. Check out more details about the service and API’s on RIM’s devblog. Some apps may already be setup to use this service as Ebscer points out on Twitter if they are using the Optimal Geolocation mode.

2 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. as you wrote: if Optimal Geolocation mode is used, you’re already done for WIFI locations.
    in my applications users can configure what they prefer:
    * optimal geolocation (fast and less battery and let the Location decide what’s the best available)
    * GPS only (if they rely on exact positions – slow and eats battery life)
    * ‘fast and exact’ where I get the first location after switching device on from optimal geolocation (== user gets fast response) and then try to get GPS. (if GPS isn’t available or accuracy too low I fallback to Optimal geolocation)

    over all it’s really fun using BlackBerry Location Based Services

  2. Wi-Fi is convenient for everyone!

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