Motorola Selects Skyhook for Location Services

Apr 28th, 2010Comments Off on Motorola Selects Skyhook for Location Services

According to a recent press release, Motorola has just decided to use Skyhook, rather than Google‘s location services. The release states that Motorola will utilize Skyhook’s GPS, WiFi and cellular location in the majority of its phone models, baking Skyhook into the OS, enabling virtually every application on the device to utilize the services.  You can read more from the official release below.

Skyhook Wireless Announces First Platform Integration Of Location System On Motorola Android-Based Devices

BOSTON, MA – April 27, 2010 – Skyhook Wireless, the worldwide leader in location positioning, context and intelligence, today announced that Motorola, Inc. will deploy its Core Location across much of the company’s portfolio of Android-based mobile devices. Skyhook-enabled Motorola smartphones, which will begin shipping later this year, will have the ability to better support a new wave of location-aware applications by leveraging Skyhook’s precise, reliable, and fast-performing location engine.

Location is at the center of an extraordinary explosion of mobile innovation, and is fundamental to many emerging mobile services. Today there are thousands of mobile applications that incorporate location as a part of their user experience. Precise location enables consumers to check-in with friends, find nearby concerts and exhibits, or get directions to the destinations of their choice. For some experiences, such as turn-by-turn navigation or local search, location is the central feature, but increasingly, new types of applications in music, sports, and entertainment are incorporating location to personalize content delivery.

“Motorola is committed to providing rich location services for our customers and developer partners,” said Christy Wyatt, corporate vice president of software and services product management for Motorola Mobile Devices. “Precise location is central to the mobile experience, and Skyhook’s Core Location will enhance Motorola’s Android-based mobile devices with its innovative location technology.”

Skyhook is the recognized leader in mobile location technology and produces over three hundred million location requests every day over tens of millions of mobile devices. The ground-breaking Core Location uses a combination of Wi-Fi, cellular and GPS readings in order to produce a single, accurate location quickly and in all environments.

“Motorola is creating ground-breaking and innovative mobile devices,” said Ted Morgan, CEO, Skyhook Wireless. “Skyhook is excited to further enhance the location accuracy and availability of these devices.”

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