RIM launches Wi-Fi geolocation services for location based sharing app development

Wi-Fi geolocation services
By Michelle Haag on 20 Sep 2011 04:54 pm EDT

If you're a BlackBerry developer you may be interested in knowing that Research In Motion officially launched the Wi-Fi geolocation service a little over a week ago. Using Wi-Fi Access Point data that has been collected anonymously from your BlackBerry, this technology can provide location based sharing apps (such as foursquare or Twitter) a quick and accurate location fix.

Wi-Fi geolocation is faster and more convenient than GPS-based and Cell-site based location as well as uses less bandwidth, though the accuracy falls somewhere between that of GPS and Cell-site. APIs are available for devices running BlackBerry 6 OS and and higher, though service provisioning may take up to 3 more weeks. For complete details, head on over to the source link below. Thanks for sending this in Ray!

Source: BlackBerry Developer's Blog

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RIM launches Wi-Fi geolocation services for location based sharing app development


I thought that Foursquare didn't have wifi connection possibilities. So would this help to change that? Or would it just aqurie the location?

I used to have this problem big time on my Storm2... using SocialScope really helps though. I'm temporarily using a 9650 with OS6 and it's been far better (still prefer SScope though)

Sorry for being ignorant, not sure how this works.

If my phone is not near any wifi, can I still be located using this technology?

As a developer I should NOT care the way OS/Device would give me fix.
I should have just ONE API with input parameter like 'approximate', 'acceptable', 'super accurate'.
But Instead I have to deal with the whole set of APIs, check device, network, ways device has access to the internet, and so on.
Instead they provide articles how do I have to deal with it.
No wonder RIM is going ...