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28 Nov 2007

Google Maps for Mobile Shows Your Location

The latest version of Google Maps for mobile phones has a new feature called “my location”. Instead of having to enter your location, Google Maps is able to find it. If your phone has GPS support the location detection should be very good, but even if there’s no GPS, Google Maps can approximate your location. “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).” To find your location on the map, just press 0 and look for a blue dot.

Google says that this feature should work on most “Java, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Nokia/Symbian devices”, but it doesn’t work in Sony Ericsson K750i, so this claim is questionable.

To get the new version (2.0), go to http://google.com/gmm on your mobile device. It’s still in beta, so don’t expect it to be flawless

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  • 19 Nov 2007

    Edit Locations in Google Maps

    Google Maps has a new feature that lets you fix inaccurate addresses for local businesses, even if you’re not the owner. You just have to click on “edit” in the info window and choose a new location. If you move the marker more than 200 meters away, the change will need to be reviewed before going live. There’s also a history of previous changes and an option to go back to the original location.

    “You might be worried about people monkeying with markers. Fear not, we’ve thought of that. Whenever you find a recently-moved address or business, you’ll see a “Show original” link you can click to see where the marker was originally. If it’s in the wrong place, just move it to the right one,” explains Google LatLong Blog.

    This also works for locations of addresses and landmarks, but only in the US, Australia and New Zealand. More about the new feature here.


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