Nokia — the remaining phone-free Finnish firm, not the handset business that Microsoft bought and recently renamed — has something in store…
Michael Halbherr has stepped down as CEO of Nokia Here, the Finnish firm’s mapping and location-based services division, after just a few…
Life360 is taking advantage of growing interest in its free family member GPS tracking app overseas to sell premium services in 13 new countries.
Snapette, a 500 Startups-backed mobile shopping app, has been acquired by price comparison site PriceGrabber.
In going global, Facebook forgot to think about local. Entrepreneur Brian McConnell says the behemoth—or a competitor—could quickly and easily make a hyper-local service to benefit both users and local advertisers too.
Banjo has been one of the lone successes in the geo-social discovery app market and is now up to 1.5 million downloads since launching last July. I sat down with founder Damien Patton to talk about their strategy.
Geoloqi, a platform for location services, launched in February, offering developers an simple and battery-efficient way to implement background location tracking and geo-fencing. Now, the company is teaming up with Appcelerator, who will make a Geoloqi module available for its Titanium platform.
Point Inside is looking to tap the power of indoor location with the launch nSide, a new private indoor ad network for retailers.
Retailers will be able to send targeted ad messages based on a user’s location within a store, their shopping route and shopping lists.
T-Mobile added a new family locator service called FamilyWhere to its suite of carrier-specific Android apps on Tuesday. The software is powered by Safely, which now has passed one billion “locates” for premium subscribers. Will T-Mo customers pay after the free trial or simply use Life360?
A new iPhone application called Highlight hopes to use the data we are sharing about ourselves, our interests and our friends on social networks and combine it with persistent location data to help connect people who might have things in common.
Life360, a mobile family safety app, has been on a tear and is now up to 10 million users. That growth has helped the San Francisco start-up pull in a $3.5 million Series A round from a host of investors.
Apple is not done taking on application makers with iOS 5. It just announced it is launching a new location-sharing feature called Find my Friends, that will allow users to easily share their location with other users. It should spark some competition with existing location-sharing services.
Social questions apps are normally used to find out the real-time status of a location, like “Is that bar crowded?” But during Hurricane Irene, users of Localmind were finding even more practical uses, with questions like “Is it safe to go surfing right now?”
As we increasingly become more mobile, not all of our to-dos are based on due-dates or times. Location is key to really getting things done. Location Aware, a free app, is a simple but effective tool for creating location-based task reminders on Google Android smartphones.
ThinkNear caught my eye at the New York TechStars demo day with its data-driven approach to solving problems for local businesses. The company announced on Tuesday that it raised $1.6 million from investors to help roll out their technology, which hits New York Tuesday.
Though they’re still emerging, location-based services are expected to bring in $10 billion in revenue from consumers and advertisers by 2016, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The biggest chunk, just over 50 percent, will come from location-based search advertising.
Senator Al Franken released a letter Wednesday calling for the institution of mandatory privacy policies from all apps offered via the official software marketplaces of Apple and Google. He argues all apps should disclose what info they gather from a user, and how they use it.
People have created a web of connections online through social networks. But a new wave of apps are looking to help people create spontaneous connections when people arrive at specific locations, giving rise to temporary social networks that are built around a place and a time.
Shopkick is taking its audio check-in technology to television in a new deal with the CW that will allow Shopkick users to unlock deals when they use their app during commercials. The partnership shows how Shopkick can help brands connect their broadcast commercials to local transactions.
Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) chaired the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee meeting today called “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy.” Apple’s Bud Tribble and Google’s Alan Davidson provided testimony, along with a number of other industry and government witnesses.
LocalResponse is taking location data from check-ins and combining it with implicit location information gathered from social status updates to create a targeted marketing platform that lets businesses reach consumers in real-time wherever they are. Today, they’re rolling out the engine for national brands.
According to Boy Genius Report, Apple is preparing to release iOS 4.3.3 “within the next two weeks, possibly sooner.” The purported update will specifically address the iPhone “tracking” issue that has mesmerized the mainstream media, and deliver fixes promised by Apple last week.
While the focus on handset location data has been focused largely on Apple recently, new internal Google memos that emerged yesterday illustrate why the search company is also very serious about collecting Wi-Fi data through its Android handsets.
Steve Jobs has allegedly issued one of his typically terse email replies regarding the location tracking database that resides unencrypted on all iOS devices, according to MacRumors. The email told a concerned user that Apple doesn’t track location info, but that its competition does.
Sen. Al Franken may be after answers from Steve Jobs, but last year, Congressmen Edward J. Markey and Joe Barton asked similar questions and got an answer from Apple SVP and General Counsel Bruce Sewell. That letter answers some of Franken’s questions regarding iOS location info.
Life360, a family safety app, has been on a six-month tear, hitting 2 million families using the service. The growth highlights the work done to drive daily engagement, but more importantly, underscores the rise of smartphones and their increasing use as family utility tools.
New iPhone app Guardly is all about location sharing. It basically constitutes the app’s main selling feature, since without it, it’s arguably just an auto-dialer. So how did location services go from being a privacy boogeyman to a highly sought-after feature in just two years?
The iPhone Facebook app received an update Monday, including new features and bug fixes. New features include the ability to view your Places check-ins on a map, and the ability to check-in at Events you’re attending. It also introduces the ability to unfriend using the app.
As smart as our phones are becoming, they’re actually dumb too: they capture tons of information but don’t make it easy to find. Friday, a new Android app in private alpha, solves that problem by tying together smartphone events in the context of time and location.
Still haven’t decided which iPad 2 to buy? A new report claims the Wi-Fi-only iPad can get GPS info as well as a network connection from an iPhone 4 via that device’s Personal Hotspot sharing feature, which might affect your decision.
Local recommendation service Bizzy is hoping users can make its personalized suggestions even better by introducing a new mechanism: the check-out. Instead of checking in to a location, Bizzy is asking its mobile app users to rate a place when they check out.
If you’re still making apps for individuals, you’re behind the times. A new mobile trend seems to recognize that one is indeed the loneliest number, and has developers targeting groups instead. Group chat, group check-ins, group buys, group love: it’s all about the multiples, baby.
RedRover, a social location-based network for parents, helps them connect, plan play dates and discover new kid-friendly locations. The service, which launched this week as an iOS app, speaks to the power of niche social networks that play to specific demographic and privacy needs.
If Priceline can ride its “name your price” model to a $22 billion market cap, can it work in the mobile local shopping market? That’s the question small start-up Spreezio is trying to answer with its app MAKEaDeal, which recently launched as a $2.99 iPhone app.
Location is still an acquired taste for a lot of consumers. But the power of location and its ability to bridge the online and the offline worlds are increasingly being realized by start-ups like SCVNGR, which has found success building a game layer over the world.
Mobile phones increasingly being tapped to serve as the first line of protection against credit card and banking fraud. Banks, credit card companies and start-ups are all looking to leverage the ubiquity of cell phones and their location capabilities to help combat fraudulent activity.
Android users have had Google Shopper for over a year now. Google finally decided to port the app over to iOS, and it became available in the App Store yesterday. We took it out for a spin to see how it performs in the real world.
Google is adding check-ins to its Latitude location service, but it’s pairing the service with its persistent location feature allowing users to check-in automatically at locations. The update takes the check-in game to the next level and shows how persistent location can enhance location-based services.
Despite reports that location-based services are far from mainstream, new research by Microsoft suggests the technology is gaining adoption and may be poised to follow in the footsteps of the ATM, which took some time to dispel safety concerns on its way to being universally used.
Google Places with Hotpot is now available as a free download from the iOS App Store. The Yelp competitor from the search giant provides location-based recommendations for restaurants, bars, attractions and other points of interest. It’s been available for Android since July 26, 2010.
Task Ave is a new iPhone app that makes use of Apple’s recent background location API to notify you when you approach a venue where you need to get or do something. It’s a good use of the tech, especially for the extremely absent-minded like myself.
SCVNGR, a location-based gaming start-up, has announced it has raised $15 million based on a $100 million valuation. The funding from European venture capital firm Balderton Capital includes support from previous investors Google Ventures and Highland Capital Partners and brings SCVNGR’s total to $20 million.
Companies will increasingly use location data to find when a consumer is at a rival’s location, giving the company important insight about consumer habits, the effectiveness of the company’s marketing efforts and options to reach out to a consumer when shopping with a competitor.
Twitter is quietly improving its location feature, allowing developers to access an expanded database of locations for tweets associated with a place. The move will allow users to tweet from more locations and will allow developers to to more easily display tweets associated with one place.
An offer from The Gap that was based on Facebook Places “check ins” provides a real-world example of how much work both retailers like The Gap and services like Facebook and Foursquare are going to have to do to get people comfortable with location-based offers.
The free FLYsmart app arrives on Android devices today, offering air travelers flight tracking, gate information and airport maps with support for indoor location. Software that helps navigate inside facilities isn’t new, but as FLYsmart demonstrates, location plus other contextual services will trump navigation-only mobile apps.
As Facebook tries to take the idea of location-based services mainstream with the launch of Places, other services are looking to add value by using location data to make recommendations for users. Two startups who have their eye on this prize are The Hotlist and Hunch.
Google, Nokia, Microsoft and others are all fighting for outdoor navigation prominence, but what about indoors? Aren’t there opportunities for consumers who want locations and indoor directories? One company thinks so and it provides navigation in malls and airports, with more venues to follow soon.
Geo-targeting and location-based services are all the rage these days, with a core group of startups already fighting for market share. But Facebook, Google and Twitter are hot on their heels. Here’s a look at who offers what, and how they aim to make money.
Location is a nascent space with plenty of wrinkles to iron out, including thorny privacy concerns and less-than-pinpoint positioning technologies. But there are plenty of opportunity in location, and there will be for quite some time.
Microsoft wants to make it clear it is serious about protecting its intellectual property, and is duly concerned about infringements of it inherent in the Android platform. We received a statement from Horacio Guiterrez, the primary executive in charge of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft.
The investment into the next generation of location and augmented reality applications is as big as the buzz around them. Novel and clever applications are appearing that connect the applications environment into the vast pool of content on the web. While we see amazing apps and demonstrations, investors are still not seeing compelling revenue models. Today, at 9:30 a.m. (PST), a select group of about 75 entrepreneurs, investors and technologists will gather at the GigaOM offices to debate how we will monetize location and AR services. To watch a livestream of the event and access post-event analysis from GigaOM Pro contributors, log in or subscribe now.
Want to share your location and progress while you’re en route to meeting with your friends? Check out Glympse, which just added Facebook support to its iPhone and Android apps, which now means people expecting you can track you via Twitter, SMS, email and Facebook.
The sixth edition of O’Reilly Media’s annual Where 2.0 conference wrapped yesterday, possibly the most exciting edition to date due to the the realization that we need to build services that let people manipulate their world, not just learn about it.
From a comparison of auto and PC industries to problems associated with the location-based advertising to tips & tricks of reading startup term sheets — here is a selection of five articles to read. And after you are done, check out Hitchhiker’s guide to financial regulation.
GPS has become a standard feature on smartphones and is a key component of location-based apps that have gained tremendous popularity recently. The technology is trickling down into lower-end phones, which means the market for location apps is about to grow in a big way.
Vodafone closed its Wayfinder business just 16 months after spending $30 million to acquire the navigational software firm. It’s a clear sign that if U.S. operators want to continue to monetize navigation, they’re going to have to find ways of doing with without charging customers extra.
It’s clear that location is an opportunity ready for its time, but making technology smarter by knowing where we are is by necessarily a part of a platform, not an end unto itself. Phil Hendrix lays out the space in a new report for GigaOM Pro.
A patent filed by Qualcomm suggests that location could be tied to a module that you could use with whatever device you want. That means location on your phone, iPod or netbook whenever you bother to insert the module. But apps makers are skeptical.
A survey of major mobile app stores shows that nearly 57 percent of paid applications in the Apple App Store have location-based functionality vs. 49 percent in RIM’s BlackBerry App World and 21 percent in Google’s Android Market.
[qi:gigaom_icon_geolocation] Nextstop, a user-generated travel site, is releasing an API for its location-specific short-form recommendations. The self-funded company, founded by former Google…
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[qi:gigaom_icon_geolocation] Apple (s aapl) purchased digital mapmaker Placebase in July for an undisclosed sum, according to Seth Weintraub at Computerworld. Placebase, which…
Aardvark, a San Francisco-based startup that touts a web-based answer service, today released a similar application for the iPhone that will let…
The mobile advertising business is the place to be these days. AdMob, a mobile ads specialist, is about to serve its 100…
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We are starting to experience the “problem of plenty” on the web, which is making it difficult to find information. It’s a…
Apple’s iTunes App Store has the largest number of location-based applications: 2,300, according to data collected by Skyhook Wireless, a location information…
Earlier this month, India surpassed the U.S. as the second-largest mobile market (by subscriber count) in the world. With close to 280…
If the first five seconds of every cell phone conversation were recorded, researchers would probably find that many start with the phrase…
Yahoo’s location based service enabler FireEagle is entering it’s beta testing phase today with an official announcement at ETech. The new web…
Dash Navigation, with its network-connected global positioning system (GPS) device, has achieved what so many other companies have tried and failed to do — built a service that combines disparate data streams into one place where we can use them in everyday life. And as such, it is a device that reflects the true spirit of Web 2.0.
Microsoft said today that it has acquired online mapping services provider Multimap of the UK, a move it said “will play a…
[qi:046] It was almost a year ago when Yahoo (YHOO) set up Brickhouse, an effort to foster innovation within the company so…