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Motorola Abandoning Google Location Services for Skyhook

Discussion in 'Android News' started by wuyanks, Apr 26, 2010.

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    Read the entire article here...

    And on that note, we at DroidBlog are interested in your opinions of Google’s Location Services. What are the problems that you have seen with them? How would you like these services improved in the future? Do you think it is a smart move by Motorola to break away from Google here?
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    Navigation & Directions????

    I have a lot of trouble getting from a point on the map to getting directions to it in the map application. When you ask for directions, it loses the point you had illustrated on the map and you end up with two blanks to fill in, where you are and where you want to go. What is the point of a voice search if you cant go there?
    The voice search application is awesome but I hate having to write down the address I find and then input it into the directions "To" box while I'm driving down the road.

    The droid gets quite warm when using the GPS for navigation.
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    What is the difference between directions and navigation?
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    "Directions" is just that - a written list of directions on how to get from Pt. A to Pt. B. "Navigation" pops up the map with an icon representing your present location and you get vocal guidance on when/where to turn as you drive.
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    This announcement coupled with the decision to drop the Nexus One from the Verizon lineup suggests a definite chill in the VZW/Google relationship.
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    I beg to differ. I would see this as something that has to do with Motorola/Google partnership if anything. And I think it was a logical reason not to pin the Nexus One against the HTC Incredible. Pound for pound on features, the Incredible would be a better choice.

    And if this change hinders any Google/Android based service for worse in any way shape or form, then Motorola has got some serious balls and will once again be back on the chopping block.
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    agreed, this has little to nothing to do with Google and Verizon... it's solely a Motorola vs Google scenario...
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    Though, reading about this a little more across the internet, it seems that this will primarily help just with location itself. Making Google Maps that much more accurate?
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    very possibly. however... google will only improve their location services... it is relatively new after all... i think this is more of one company defying another... it really feels like a statement, that Android is open-source, so we can do anything with it
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    It will interesting to see how this all plays out. I am going to take a wait and see approach. All could just be fine with this change, and the hype is just that, hype. The problems that could arise is with more Android fragmentation, which Google wants to move away from. My question is with software updates, or Google maps update, will we require a additional update from Skyhook? My navigation and location seems to work pretty good, I have no real complaints, every now and then it takes awhile to locate, or route for the nav.
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    I don't see this really affecting me. I can always just download Google Maps through the Market and choose to not use Skyhook.
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    Sorry to resurrect an older thread but I was given the believe that this would be happening in 2.2. GPS accuracy with google maps is still 'within 5000 feet' so has this not been implemented in 2.2 or dropped altogether?
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    Sounds like suicide for Motorola, they'll be back. Google is boss!
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    Interesting since they say skyhook will be baked into the OS, and every app will benefit...I have always had great accuracy using google, and have never heard of the other, but it sounds good. I guess, as long as I have that function, and it is accurate, I'm not worried beyond that.....
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    This has been in the works for quite a while now. The ratings and reviews of Skyhook show it to be far more accurate and dependable.......
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    motorola love google. I wouldnt be suprised that within the year they buy them out. I mean google buying mototrolas mobile devison
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    according to wikipedia (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Skyhook_Wireless)
    skyhooker uses wifi to triangulate your position. if a phone's wifi is off than it probably would have to fall back to either using GPS or cell tower triangulation which i would guess wouldn't be any more accurate than anyone else.
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