Locale For Android Homes in on Skyhook Wireless

skyhook-wirelessTomorrow, Skyhook Wireless will be announcing their next service partnership in a press release that follows. The company offers a huge database of WiFi access points, which provide additional location information to software services using it. Locale for Android is the next feather in Skyhook’s cap, and it’s a fitting one. The application is actually something I’m longing for on my Apple iPhone. I’d actually use it on any phone that supports it to be honest.

Locale not only keeps track of your location based on the GPS in a Google Android  handset, it uses that info in a smart way. You can set phone profiles or actions based on your location, for example, shutting off the ringer automatically when in a location you’ve specified. Of course, GPS radios only work well when they have an accurate signal, so indoors can be a challenge. That’s where the Skyhook Wireless integration comes into play: by offering solid location data when indoors and supplementing it when outdoors.

Locale Adds Skyhook Wireless for Better Location on Android

Android Challenge-winning app integrates hybrid positioning from Skyhook

BOSTON, MA – March 24, 2009 – Skyhook Wireless, provider of the patented hybrid location system (XPS), and two forty four a.m., developers of the Android Developer Challenge Grand Prize-winning application Locale, today announced the integration of XPS into Locale. The standard Android OS location platform is notoriously unreliable. Increasingly, Android developers turning are Skyhook to improve their location-aware applications.

Locale is an advanced settings manager for people who need their phone to keep up with their increasingly busy lives.  With Locale, all this happens automatically.

“Getting an accurate location fix using the Android location APIs requires a lot of battery power and only works outdoors. As soon as the phone steps indoors, location accuracy could be off by a mile,” said Carter Jernigan of two forty four a.m. “So we integrated with Skyhook for hybrid positioning that’s more accurate, faster and requires less power. Our users have certainly noticed the dramatic improvement.”

Locale has reached nearly 100,000 users worldwide, and can be downloaded via the Android Market on any Android device today. Skyhook Wireless offers a publicly available SDK for Android developers, available here:   http://www.skyhookwireless.com/developers/sdk.php. Skyhook Wireless and two forty four a.m. are based in Boston and Cambridge respectively, the worldwide hotbed of mobile technology.

“Location often determines how we want our phones to behave, and Locale cleverly automates location-sensitive settings.” said Kate Imbach, director of marketing at Skyhook Wireless. “The standard location platform on Android does not offer high-quality location, and does not support the use case for innovative apps like Locale. This necessitates hybrid positioning from Skyhook Wireless for most Android developers.”

About Skyhook Wireless

Founded in 2003, Skyhook Wireless has pioneered the development of the first hybrid positioning system to fully leverage Wi-Fi, GPS and cell towers delivering precise location data supporting the growing market for location-based services. Skyhook’s hybrid positioning system XPS requires no new hardware, works indoors and outdoors, provides an instant location and is more accurate than current technologies in congested downtown areas.  Skyhook Wireless is headquartered in Boston, MA, and is privately held. Investors include RRE Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, Intel Capital and CommonAngels. For more information visit www.skyhookwireless.com, send email to info@skyhookwireless.com or call 617-314-9802.

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