Tomomi Imura

Tomomi Imura

An Open Web advocate and front-end engineer, who loves everything mobile, and writes about HTML5, CSS, JS, UX, tech events, gadgets, etc. She unintentionally got 15min of fame by creating The HTTP Status Cats. Also, the opinions expressed here are solely her own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

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Google announced API for LBS on Mobile

Google launched the Gears Geolocation API for mobile on last week on their official Goolge code blog, and Mobile Blog, with a screenshot of a sample mobile site, Rummble and video demo of lastminute.com of UK.

On mobile devices with Gears installed, Javascript functions grab the cell-ID of nearby cell towers or GPS (if either is available) to improve the postion fix.

The two methods:
getCurrentPosition() makes a single, one-off attempt to get a position fix.
watchPosition() watches the user’s position over time, and updates the position changes.

Also,
lastPosition get an approximate position fix

The bad news is that API is available on Internet Explorer, Firefox and IE Mobile (selected devices only – incl. Samsung Blackjack II, HTC Touch Dual, TyTN, Palm Treo750 etc.) and will be available on Android. I was going to try it with S60, until I read the line on the announcement.

The good news is that they are currently implementing the editor’s draft of the W3C Geolocation specification with Microsoft and Mozilla guys.



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