iPhone 3G with GPS

Monday, 21 July 2008

“SAN FRANCISCO—June 9, 2008—Apple® today introduced the new iPhone™ 3G, combining all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services…” [launched July 11, 2008]

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2008/06/09iphone.html

Pictures: Apple


Loopt is a Social Compass

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

loopt

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“Using location-based technologies, Loopt lets you know where your friends are by automatically updating maps on your mobile handset. Loopt even lets you send messages to nearby friends or receive automatic alerts when they’re nearby so that you never miss an opportunity to meet. Loopt also lets you journal your life so that your friends can see what you’re up to. With Loopt, mobile subscribers put themselves on the map.”

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BlackBerry Bold FKA 9000

Monday, 12 May 2008

BlackBerry Bold

“It is the first BlackBerry smartphone to support tri-band HSDPA high-speed networks around the world and comes with integrated GPS and Wi-Fi®, as well as a rich set of multimedia capabilities. From its lustrous black exterior, satin chrome finished frame and stylish leather-like backplate, to its stunning display, sophisticated user interface and newly designed full-QWERTY* keyboard, the BlackBerry Bold smartphone is a symbol of accomplishment and aspiration.” (Press Release #1)

“Research In Motion (RIM), RBC and Thomson Reuters, today announced plans to launch the BlackBerry Partners Fund, a US$150 million venture capital fund, to invest in mobile applications and services for the BlackBerry platform and other mobile platforms.” (Press Release #2)

(Photo: RIM)


JotYou is LBSMS

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

JotYou™ is location based messaging. Send a message to your friends so they get it when they arrive at school or the ballpark or the mall. Make up geo-games. Track a foot race or bicycle race. Stage a road rally with virtual checkpoints, and feed the directions as participants progress. Ever plan to pick up the milk on the way home from work, but drive right by the store and forget? Use JotYou™ to remind yourself as you pass by specified locations. The possibilities are endless.

How it works: You send a message to one person or many people, and specify a delivery time and location using the map on the computer, or an address from your mobile. When they arrive at the location you specify, JotYou™ alerts them by “buzzing” their cell phone, and delivering the message. It’s just that simple!

http://www.jotyou.com/JotYou/how-it-works.php

http://www.jotyou.com/JotYou/presentation.php

Via Heise.


GPS Blackberry 8820

Saturday, 29 March 2008

2008-03-29_blackberry_8820_edge_eng_frontnoshadow_small.jpgA stylish GPS-Blackberry 8820 – from the press release, 24 March 2008:

“T-Mobile USA and Research In Motion (RIM) … announced the national availability of the BlackBerry 8820 smartphone, featuring built-in GPS… Available in a sophisticated midnight blue finish, the BlackBerry 8820 is RIM’s thinnest BlackBerry smartphone.

The stylishly professional BlackBerry 8820 helps people stay connected to business associates, colleagues, family and friends by offering Wi-Fi connectivity for voice and data, access to location-based applications and services, and a superior mobile experience for personal and corporate e-mail.”

http://www.rim.com/news/press/2008/pr-24_03_2008-01.shtml


Views: User-Generated Content

Sunday, 2 March 2008

ABIresearch claims on 25 February 2008 “User-Generated Content Will Be a Key Component of Maps, Navigation, and Location-Based Service“:

“As connected PNDs, handset-based pedestrian navigation, and location-based services begin to emerge,” concludes [Dominique] Bonte, “user-generated location content will become a key component that permits companies to enhance their services with real-time information in a cost-effective way that strengthens their communities and brand names. Initiatives like GyPSii may ultimately reach a status comparable with existing social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace.”


Facts: 900 Million Units

Sunday, 2 March 2008

ABIresearch announced on 16 January 2008 the study “Global Navigation Satellite Positioning Solutions

“The GPS modernization project and the arrival of additional Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GLONASS, Galileo, and Beidou/Compass will increase the availability, reliability, and precision of satellite positioning and stimulate the location ecosystem, expanding the market to more than 900 million units by 2013.

‘Personal Navigation Devices for in-car use will be increasingly complemented by converged solutions based on GPS-enabled handsets for pedestrian navigation and Location Based Services,’ says ABI Research principal analyst Dominique Bonte. ‘However, GNSS technologies will have to be combined with other positioning solutions such as A-GPS, Wi-Fi, and dead reckoning to address the indoor coverage issue. Dedicated GPS devices will remain the preferred option for specific applications and environments such as outdoors, marine, recreational aviation, and tracking of people and animals.

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Advances in GPS chipset development will enable the integration of GPS technology in all mobile devices at low cost by 2013. This will drive new applications such as the automatic geo-tagging of pictures taken with digital cameras. Other innovative applications include road toll systems and tourism. Mobile location-based social networking features will be an important driver for the uptake of GPS devices and applications in the consumer market.”

http://www.abiresearch.com/abiprdisplay.jsp?pressid=1039