Google Maps with My Location

burky79

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Google Maps with My Location

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See your location on the map, with or without GPS. Save time and tedious keystrokes finding where you are, what's around you, and how to get there. Watch the video on the right to see how it works.


Press "0" and look for the blue dot:
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If you have a GPS-enabled device, this blue dot corresponds to your GPS location. At times, or if you do not have a GPS-enabled phone, you might see the blue dot surrounded by a light blue circle (as shown on the right) to indicate uncertainty about your location.

Why the uncertainty? The My Location feature takes information broadcast from mobile towers near you to approximate your current location on the map - it's not GPS, but it comes pretty close (approximately 1000m close, on average). We're still in beta, but we're excited to launch this feature and are constantly working to improve our coverage and accuracy.

The My Location feature is available for most web-enabled mobile phones, including Java, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Nokia/Symbian devices.


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Youtube video explaining the process and technology of "My Location"

[MEDIA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIG-Dx7kF3Q[/MEDIA]

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Sounds great, and will only get better with time!
 

Little Chuckie

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Microsoft Streets and Maps had a featured called Location Finder; did the same thing but wasn't portable unless you walked around with a laptop... Nice jump by Google.
 

burky79

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Microsoft Streets and Maps had a featured called Location Finder; did the same thing but wasn't portable unless you walked around with a laptop... Nice jump by Google.
I didnt know that.

How did it work, via IP or did it use cell tower(s) like this?
 

Don the Radio Guy

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I used to use Microsoft Streets to map out my trips. If I were at a truckstop using the wifi it would pinpoint me to pretty much exactly where I was. I'm not sure how much I like that kind of technology.
 

Little Chuckie

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It used WIFI and it was very accurate.
It wasn't 'instant' but it did work.
 

mikeybot

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Just tried it on my blackberry, nothin.
 

Hey_Asshole

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Worked for me, i have to uninstall it and reinstall the newer version to get that feature. Thanks for the tip!
 

RobeSoup&Tears

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Although I already have Google Maps on my Windows Phones, I installed the updated version and nothing...guess I'll try again later.

It's still Beta but maybe if you update your roaming capabilities it'll work more gooder.
 

MACHINE1376

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yeah I have this on my t-mobile dash, this feature kicks ass and has saved me alot of time!
 

NightStalker3

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It supposed to work on the BB, maybe you need to update your software on it.
Google Maps Faq

This is an awesome feature. I think it ranks right up there with Goog411 free directory service. (800-GOOG-411 or 800-466-4411)

I have this on my BB Curve. Works pretty well.
 

mikeybot

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Yeah, you have to reinstall google maps. Definitely interesting, though when it isn't exact it can be *really* off.
For example I live in NE Philly, and it says that I'm in Jersey.
 

RobeSoup&Tears

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Although I already have Google Maps on my Windows Phones, I installed the updated version and nothing...guess I'll try again later.

It's still Beta but maybe if you update your roaming capabilities it'll work more gooder.
I've upgraded my Google Maps for my phone and tried a few times on a few other locations and nothing yet.