Locate Service update provides GPS-free queries

Staff writer
04 Aug 2010
00:00

Application developers can now enjoy a new Geolocation service as part of Blackberry’s Locate Service, which is capable of getting the user a location fix in seconds using nearby cell tower information instead of GPS.

Users can be indoors with no GPS coverage, but developer apps will still be able to guide them to restaurants or points of interest around them.

Although the accuracy of the fixes obtained from the Geolocation service may not always be as high as with GPS, it has use cases for apps that require highly accurate GPS fixes as well as apps that do not.

This service requires BlackBerry Application Platform v5.0 or higher and users must be signed up with a carrier that has enabled these capabilities.

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