(keitai-l) Re: FYI - GPS in Japan

From: Mr. Eric Hildum <EricHildum_at_earthlink.net>
Date: 10/26/05
Message-Id: <7EB1E3FB-E6EF-4E82-A067-21EC498BD517@earthlink.net>
Actually, Qualcomm has a nice write-up of the system they deployed in  
Japan, and the implication was that it was used for handset based LBS  
services. Isn't there a map service which gives a map based on  
current location and orientation? GPS has actually been in (some)  
Japanese handsets for a while (3+ years).
While there may not be a UI deployed to access the GPS info, such as  
on the Motorola i710 and i730 series, usually there is an API that  
allows access (though it may require a signed MIDlet to access) - at  
least on phones distributed in the US. Not sure about the current  
situation in Japan.
Eric Hildum

On Oct 26, 2005, at 1:20 AM, Curt Sampson wrote:

> On Tue, 25 Oct 2005, Mr. Eric Hildum wrote:
>> The Eurotechnology newsletter has reported that Japans Internal and
>> Communications Ministry is planning to change regulations to require
>> GPS in all mobile phones from April 2007 in Japan....
>> The interesting part (from a content perspective) is the knowledge
>> developers have that all phones sold from a particular point will
>> include GPS technology, which can be said of almost nothing else. I
>> expect location-based services to increase
> Do you also have knowledge that many of these phones that will be  
> adding
> GPS will be including some sort of user interface for it?
> I had somehow got the impression that, when including GPS for
> (allegedly) 911-type purposes, many manufacturers have chosen not to
> offer any sort of user interface for it, but just pass the data on to
> the phone company, which does not pass it further except for 911 and
> suchlike.
> cjs
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