Motorola Using Boston based Skyhook for its Location Features over Google’s Built-in, on Android Phones
Yes that’s right Motorola whose new found success can be attributed to Google and Android are dumping Google’s built-in Location finding APi for Boston based Skyhook ( Go Boston)
Skyhook’s location service is interesting: It’s based on a huge grid of wi-fi hotspots. Your phone triangulates itself based on how far away you are from certain wi-fi hotspots. This tends to be much faster than GPS, more precise than cell-tower-based location, and works indoors. (Motorola phones will also have access to cell tower location and GPS
Motorola is the first Android phone maker that will replace Google’s built-in location services with Skyhook. We understand developers won’t have to do anything different to use the new core location service. (Though some Android developers have already licensed Skyhook on a per-app basis.) Rival Apple already uses Skyhook in its iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and in the latest version of its Mac OS X operating system.
I don’t think this might be a focal point for picking Android phones, but this continues the trend of taking Google features out of well Google Phones.