GPS helps you find your friends

By , IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

Location-based services appeared here, there and everywhere at the Mobile World
Congress in Barcelona this week, as service providers maneuvered to take advantage
of the increasing number of mobile phones shipping with integrated GPS (Global
Positioning System) modules. Many of the services put the emphasis on finding
your friends, not finding your way, as GPS evolves into more of a social tool.

Yahoo announced
a service called oneConnect
that will to alert you when contacts arrive
in town, warn you what mood they are in and show you a list of their recent
e-mail messages that you have left unanswered. Yahoo intends to collect this
information by combining status updates from sites like MySpace with GPS data
from mobile phones and other information from Web mail and instant messaging
services, a kind of aggregation for social networks. The service will go live
by June, and will work with services including Google's Gmail and GoogleTalk,
AOL Instant Messenger and Microsoft's Outlook Web mail, said Marco Boerries,
executive vice president of Yahoo's Connected Life division.

Communology, of Cologne,
Germany, promoted a similar notion of social-network aggregation. Its Mobile
Mash-Up can help sites like Facebook or Xing offer mobile users the ability
to locate friends or tag photos with information about where they were taken.
Communology sells "white label" services, using its Live Media software
platform to build social-networking services for other brands.

Linking up with Facebook is a strategy that also occurred to Wayfinder:
it now offers a GPS widget for Facebook users called LocateMate. The company
also introduced a forum for users of its software to share favorite routes and
locations at MyWayfinder.com, with links to digital mapping tools such as Google
Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth.

GyPSii showed a BlackBerry
client for its mobile social-networking service. It already offers versions
for handsets running Symbian OS and Windows Mobile. The service allows users
to share photos, videos and other information, tagging it with location data.
Last year, GyPSii, based in Amsterdam, acquired Finnish mobile phone manufacturer
Benefon, one of the first to build GPS modules into mobile phones.

Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

Mobile & WirelessWhite Papers & Webcasts

See more White Papers | Webcasts

Answers - Powered by ITworld

Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

Ask a Question
randomness