Google Launches My Location for Safari on iPhone 3.0

[qi:gigaom_icon_geolocation] Google yesterday evening launched My Location for iPhone 3.0, which returns search results relevant to a user’s current location. The feature, which only works in conjunction with the Safari browser, helps to narrow down results when looking for stuff on the go. Previously, this was possible using the Google Mobile App. Because of privacy concerns, Google says it has made My Location an opt-in service.

MyLocation-iPhone-v2.pngThe new search capabilities leverage the HTML 5 Geolocation API support included with Safari in iPhone 3.0. (More details can be found on Apple’s web site.) I think in the not-so-distant future more and more developers will leverage this browser’s geo-location capabilities to build compelling applications.

I’ve often wondered what kind of applications would emerge as a result, and how the location information would make them different from previous generations of apps. Any thoughts?


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