Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Nokia Launches A-GPS Service, Framework Open to Service Providers

Nokia launched an Assisted GPS (A-GPS) service that helps Nokia Maps users find their current locations faster and get to their desired locations quicker using their Nokia mobile device with built-in GPS. The free service, which runs over a user's existing wireless data plan, is initially available on the Nokia 6110 Navigator, which has begun shipping in select markets, and the most recent software release of the Nokia N95 multimedia computer. Nokia said it intends to equip all of its future devices that have built-in GPS with this service.

The A-GPS service has the ability to reduce the time a connected mobile device with built in GPS needs to find its current position, known as time to first fix (TTFF) for most geographical locations worldwide. The service operates in tandem with a technical framework that allows third parties, such as service providers, to provide their own regional A-GPS services, making fix times even faster in certain areas-