Location-based services

Geoloqi’s location tracking now available to Appcelerator devs

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 helps retailers push deals on aisle 3

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-Mo adds a family check-in service; will people pay?

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?

Apple gets into the location-sharing game

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.

How local Q&A apps can be a reverse Twitter during disasters

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?”

Found: A useful location app for task management

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.

Location-based services worth $10B by 2016

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.

New Apps Aim for Social Serendipity In Real Life

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.

No Check-Ins Needed. Shopkick Sends You Deals From Your Couch

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.

Senate Hearing: Apple, Google and the Future of Mobile Privacy

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 Targets Consumers Based on Tweets, Check-ins

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.

Report: Imminent iOS 4.3.3 Update to Fix “Locationgate” Bug

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.

Why Android Location Data Is So Important to Google

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.

Email From Jobs: Apple Doesn’t Track; Google Does

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.

Life360 Wins as Smartphones Become Family Utilities

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.

Facebook App Update Focuses on Location

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.

App Quietly Creates a Personal Journal on Your Phone

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.

Bizzy: Forget the Check-In; It’s About the Check-Out

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.

New Mobile Apps Are All About the Group

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 App Builds Geo-Social Network for Parents

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.

MAKEaDeal Hopes to Be the Priceline of Local Deals

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.

What Makes SCVNGR So Sticky (Hot Sauce Not Included)

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.

Phones Becoming Frontline in Credit Card Fraud Battle

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.

Going Shopping With Google Shopper for iPhone

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 Latitude Does the Check-In Thing…Automatically

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.

Are Location-Based Services Ready to Turn the Corner?

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 iPhone App Now Available

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.

SCVNGR Pulls in $15M for Real World Gaming Expansion

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.

Location Data Gives Companies Eyes On Rivals

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 Adds More Ways to Say Where You Are

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.

Gap Promo Shows Location Deals Need Work

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.

Location: It’s Just a Feature

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.

Why Recommended Places Are the Next Big Thing in Location

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.

Startups Stay Inside to Find Location's Next Big Opportunity

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.

GeoLocal: The Rise of Consumer Location-based Services

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.


The Enormous Promise of Location

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 Responds About HTC Deal– Concerned About Android

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.

Glympse Adds Real-time Location Tracking to Facebook

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.

LBS 2.0: Don't Just Map It, Manipulate It

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.

What You Should Read Today

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 Is Moving Beyond Smartphones

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 Shutters Wayfinder in a Sign of Things to Come

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.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Location

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.

Does Location Need a Special Purpose Device?

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.

November 2009: State of Location Apps

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.

Who Will Foster the Great Location API?

[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…

Aloqa's LBS iPhone App Just Misses the Mark

From Loopt to FourSquare, it seems like every mobile-focused startup these days wants to hop on board the location-based application train. Aloqa…

Aardvark Launches an iPhone App

Aardvark, a San Francisco-based startup that touts a web-based answer service, today released a similar application for the iPhone that will let…

Inside Dash, Web 2.0 Thrives

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 buys Multimap

Microsoft said today that it has acquired online mapping services provider Multimap of the UK, a move it said “will play a…