Geolocation in Firefox 3.5: It's Coming!

Firefox 3.5 is on the verge of being released and it will include geolocation. According to this post, “Firefox 3.5 includes a simple JavaScript API that allows you to quickly geo-enable your web application. It allows users to optionally share their location with websites without having to type in a postal code.” Firefox will use local WiFi networks and IP address information to try to guess the user’s location.

How will it work? According to Doug Turner, one of the geo-location feature developers, “This feature is completely opt-in! If you don’t do anything, geolocation is never used. When a web page wants ask you for your location, you get an dialog similar to the one below. If you do nothing, the feature stays off by default. Only if you press “Tell them”, will you send out your location information.”

firefox geolocation-small

What it means: in 35 days, Firefox 3.5 will be available for download (you can find the beta version here) and will provide access to geolocation data. I believe this is the beginning of a brave new local world online and every major site will try to provide a local view for their users. Is your site ready?

Geolocation in Firefox 3.5: It's Coming!

Firefox 3.5 is on the verge of being released and it will include geolocation. According to this post, “Firefox 3.5 includes a simple JavaScript API that allows you to quickly geo-enable your web application. It allows users to optionally share their location with websites without having to type in a postal code.” Firefox will use local WiFi networks and IP address information to try to guess the user’s location.

How will it work? According to Doug Turner, one of the geo-location feature developers, “This feature is completely opt-in! If you don’t do anything, geolocation is never used. When a web page wants ask you for your location, you get an dialog similar to the one below. If you do nothing, the feature stays off by default. Only if you press “Tell them”, will you send out your location information.”

firefox geolocation-small

What it means: in 35 days, Firefox 3.5 will be available for download (you can find the beta version here) and will provide access to geolocation data. I believe this is the beginning of a brave new local world online and every major site will try to provide a local view for their users. Is your site ready?

Nokia N810: One Mean Local Search Machine

Nokia used the Web 2.0 Summit to launch their new Nokia N810 Internet tablet (specs here). Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Multimedia, took the stage to explain to us why it was a great device. I managed to capture in video the portion of his speech related specifically to local search.

Anssi Vanjoki Nokia N810 Web2Summit

What it means: portable computer + GPS + Linux-based open platform (built on Maemo) + Mozilla-based browser + wi-fi + potential integration of NavTEQ data = one mean local search machine… I’m really excited about that one! In related news, the New York Times has an article about GPS-enabled cell phones.

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