RIM Adds Non-GPS Location Feature to BlackBerries

Research In Motion today introduced a new capability to its Locate Service for the BlackBerry Application Platform. BlackBerries will now be able to glean location data from cell tower triangulation rather than GPS satellites. RIM says that despite the less-accurate nature of cell towner triangulation, the cell tower location data is still good enough to point to nearby areas, locations or points of interest. The new feature means that BlackBerry users will still have access to location data even when not able to connect to a GPS satellite. RIM notes that the geolocation service will allow developers to create location-based services that run even when GPS isn’t present. It will integrate with BlackBerry Maps Service, and will add new features over time. The new geolocation requires devices running BlackBerry OS 5.0 and up.

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