Google Maps for Mobile Adds Positioning

November 29, 2007

Sounds like a good new feature…

Google is set on Wednesday to launch a new feature in its Google Maps for Mobile program that automatically sets your location even in phones that lack a global positioning system (GPS) device.

Until now, if you were in a cafe and you wanted to search for a nearby photocopy shop, you had to type in an address to set your location before Google Maps for Mobile could provide local listings.

The beta feature triangulates your approximate location based on nearby cell towers so you don’t have to type in your address. Given that less than 15 percent of mobile phones are GPS-enabled, this feature will be helpful to many people.