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    Google Maps locates users without GPS!

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    Google's mapping application for BlackBerry is now able to give a user's approximate location without the need for their handset to be GPS-enabled.


    Until now, to derive location, the Google Maps for Mobile (GMM) application has needed to access the global positioning system (GPS), which provides location information from satellites. The latest version of GMM is able to locate users through triangulation.

    To give Google Maps for mobile with My Location a try, text "MYLOCATION" to 33669, or head to www.google.com/gmm on your mobile browser.

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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    This is so sweet! No more typing in area codes and city names to find out what's around me. It just makes searching that much quicker!

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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    Just downloaded this, I had the previous version but this is so much better specially cuz of the "my location" feature I was thinking of taking back my 8320 and getting an unlocked 8310 just for the gps but with this there's not a doubt I wanna do that, I'm staying with my 8320 from tmo
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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    Very nice update to a handy app.
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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    That is handy. It would be neat if you could have a list of friends and locate them via the same service.
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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    This is pretty cool! I loaded it on my Pearl and when Google Maps came up, the blue dot was already there. It was off quite a bit (I'd say about a mile), as I was on the very outside of the faint circle that surrounds the blue dot, but it could definitely be useful if you get lost, etc.

    I wonder if there's a way you could get this or similar info from an API call either from Google or RIM and use it in other applications.

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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    this looks cool!
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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    I can't get the real gps part to work on my Sprint 8130. Anybody else have success? I can get the location tower based to work but it wont recognize the internal gps.

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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    Awesome ...... soon they can add voice directions and no more GPS puck
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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    also if you havent noticed when you look under your contacts there is an option to "show on google maps"

    this is good if you have a business saved in your contacts list

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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ - love the new Triagulation!!! Works great on my VZW 8830!!

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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    Great update. "My Location" feature was about 8 blocks off from where I actually was. But something is better than nothing if you are in an unfamiliar city. Way to go Google. Always innovating!!!

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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    you need the data plan right? like i have full t-zones so i can go to websites, but do i need to have the data plan?
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    Triangulation for me is anywhere from 1800 to 200, which is pretty good.

    I like it.

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    Re: Google Maps locates users without GPS!

    Should we update the best apps to include this? Top of the list for anyone who doesn't have a GPS device.

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