My Location – new feature of Google Maps for mobile phones

December 20, 2007 on 3:46 pm | In Telecommunication services | 3 Comments

Google Maps for cell phones can help you figure out where you are, what is around you, and how to get there. And first of all you need to enter in a starting point using the keypad. Now, some people are lucky enough to have GPS – enabled cellphones that provide location information for GoogleMaps for mobile phone but the vast majority of us are not. This technology is currently available in over 20 countries and Google is working to increase its availability.

Google Maps for mobile works with the following devices:

  • Most Java-enabled cellphones
  • Palms handsets with PalmOS 5 or above
  • All BlackBerry handsets
  • Windows Mobile handsets with Windows Mobile OS 2003, 5.0 or above
  • Symbian Series 60 3rd edition handsets

In early December Google has announced a new feature called “My Location”. Is a new beta technology from Google that uses cell tower identification to provide you with approximate location information. So it will work on cellphones without GPS. Simply fire up Google Maps for mobile, press 0 button, and the map will indicate your location by centering on a blue dot:

If you do have a cellphone with GPS, My Location may complement it. My Location kicks in faster than GPS in most cases, so you can access your location even faster on the map. It also works reliably indoors and doesn’t drain your cell phone battery at the rate that GPS device.

My Location technology will allow you to do the following:

See real-time traffic — where the congestion is, estimate delays in over 30 major USA metropolitans.
Detailed directions — Whether you plan to travel, your route is displayed on the cellphone’s screen, together with step-by-step directions.
Integrated search results — Local business locations and contact information appear all in one place, integrated on your map.
Easily movable maps — Interactive maps let you zoom in or out, and move in all directions so you can orient yourself visually.
Satellite imagery — Get a bird’s eye view of your location point.

To give Google Maps for mobile with My Location a try, text “BLUEDOT” to 33669, or head to www.google.com/gmm on your cellphone browser.

This video can help you to learn more about the My Location technology:

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