Future Palm OS phones and Centro could get Google “My Location”

Google_maps_treoPalm OS devices were looking lost when Google added the My Location feature to Google Maps for Mobile late last month. It turns out that the API to identify cell towers exists in the Palm OS, but it hasn’t been made public. As a result, the Google Maps application can’t call to it and therefore, no “My Location” functionality.Palm Infocenter has word from Palm that the company is going to make the private API available, so that could (and should) lead to the GPS-like functionality in the future. The change will require a ROM update so at this time, Palm indicates that only new Palm OS phones and the Centro will likely see usage of the API. Bear in mind, it’s then up to Google to take advantage of it, although at that point, other mapping applications could use the cell tower IDs as well.


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