Google Maps for Mobile
Google Maps for Mobile is a Java application for Java-based mobile phones and other mobile devices.
The Google Maps for Mobile application provides many of the features found on the Google Maps website.
In 2007, Google Maps for Mobile 2.0 was released. It provides a GPS-like location service that does not require a GPS receiver. Instead it has a "my location" feature that utilizes the GPS location of the mobile device, if available.
Google Maps for Mobile can determine the nearest wireless networks and cell sites and determine the user's location from this information. In more detail, Google Maps for Mobile:
- Looks up the location of the cell site using a database of known wireless networks and cell sites.
- Triangulates the different signal strengths from different cell transmitters
- Use the location property of the cell transmitters to aid My Location in determining the user's current location.
This is supplemented by a Wireless network location method calculated by discovering the nearby WiFi hotspots, and using their location property. The precedence for location finding is:
- GPS-based services
- WLAN-based / WiFi-based services
- Cell transmitter-based services
Many mobile platforms can use Google Maps for Mobile, including:
- iOS (Touch/iPad iPhone/iPod )
- Nokia/Symbian (3rd edition only S60 )
- Java-Platform Phones(MIDP 2.0 +) in general.
- Palm OS (Centro and newer)
- alm webOS (Palm Pre and Palm Pixi)
- Sony Ericsson K800i
- Symbian OS (UIQ v3)
- Windows Mobile