MOBILE MESSAGE DEVICE VENDOR Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that its Blackberry devices will have cell assisted geolocation capabilities.
The service, which is commonplace on other smartphones, uses cell towers to triangulate the location of the device. The technique become widely used after Apple's first Iphone came out. That lacked a GPS receiver, therefore requiring alternative means of acquiring its location.
While RIM has announced the availability of its geolocation service, it doesn't mean that all Blackberry users will actually be able to use them. The firm is saying that developers have to use at least version 5 of its Application Platform and users will have to be connected to a mobile operator that supports its geolocation modes.
Cell tower assisted geolocation does not have the resolution of GPS, however it works better in confined spaces, so long as there is mobile reception. The inclusion of geolocation APIs will help Blackberry developers produce increasingly profitable location aware applications, which offer up services based on the location of the user.
All that remains is for mobile operators to support the new features. µ
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