07/13/2011, 10:30 AM
Excellent! We agree on something
Originally Posted by EvilKell
I've never really thought much about WiFi location services, and as I said, I was surprised at how accurate it is (the GPS on my Pre is often not as close as this). A quick search for "WiFi location services" gives some pretty vague information, but if I'm understanding it right, various services (like Google) map locations to MAC addresses of WiFi devices, and that's how the devices get the information, correct?
And if I remember right, when I activated the TouchPad, it's using Google location services.
Is anyone familiar with the details of how all this works?
Apparently (and ironically, I got most of this from the iPad threads), you don't have to actually connect to the device for the location services to use its information. Is that correct?
Also, does it poll only the strongest router, or does it look at all of them that it can communicate with?
Personally, I find this pretty fascinating.
Also, a little "big brotherish". Folks that prefer to remain hidden are probably finding these pretty scary times.