Friday, July 23, 2010

Where my BlackBerry at?

Good news for all you CrackBerry addicts who can never figure out where you are! RIM has introduced a brand new feature to its BlackBerry operating system called “Locate Service,” and (you guessed it) it tells you where you are when you don’t have coverage for the traditional GPS application. Beyond directions and the usual location finder, the feature has been made freely available to app developers, allowing for a smooth integration into more widespread location-based applications such as Foursquare.

The new Geolocation format uses cell phone frequency towers to triangulate your position. Although it is not as accurate as a true GPS application, the Locate Service function is able to produce an address along with nearby points of interest from virtually anywhere with cell phone service regardless of a clear line of sight to GPS satellites. Also, since the program was designed by RIM, Locate Service should easily integrate with standard OS applications such as BlackBerry Maps and Contacts.

While the application is still relatively new, it shouldn’t be long before it is integrated into quite a few existing applications.

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