People who use Google Maps already know how to figure out their location by using the maps. Google upgraded its maps by adding new location icon called My Location. The feature is available for smart phone users since 2007. But, now it is available also for desktop PC. The new feature enables you to pinpoint exact coordinate of your location. Google assures the privacy of your location. Although, Google is not going to disclose your location, but, any online interaction with Google or any other Web service will reveal the user’s IP address.
Google Maps uses the W3C Geolocation API and it supports in Firefox 3.5 and Google Chrome 2.0 and the other browsers are supported with the addition of Google Gears. The Geolocation API tries to calculate the user’s location by means of nearby Wi-Fi access points. If that does not work, then it resorts IP address information. The My Location feature is available for most web-enabled smart phones, including Java, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, and Nokia/Symbian devices.
“When you visit Google Maps with a supported Web browser, you’ll see a new My Location button in the top left corner of the map. Simply click the button to center the map to your approximate location,” said software engineer Steve Block and product manager Noam Ben Haim i “If your location can be determined accurately enough, it’s shown with a blue circle, just like on Google Maps for Mobile.”
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