Today (April 1st 2013), leading mobile technology development forum, XDA-Developers.com, and search giant Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) have announced a partnership to help map the location of every iOS device in the world. Taking inspiration from previous efforts to map the location of other unwanted objects, XDA-Developers’ spokesperson confirmed that a form of crowd-sourcing would be used to facilitate the mapping process.
XDA’s spokesperson later went on to confirm that thanks to the partnership with Google, which arguably stands to benefit from knowing the location of all of key rival Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) devices while in use, the app will feature a real-time and up-to-date map of nearby iOS devices. From a technical perspective, the app appears to detect iOS devices from their Bluetooth and Wireless interface MAC addresses, as well as through various other methods that our contact was unable to discuss. Under the condition of anonymity, he revealed exclusively to us that the application will also feature advanced hipster recognition technology, capable of recognizing up to 8 hipsters within one photograph.
Whilst at this point, neither party wished to disclose the reason for gathering this data, early versions of the test app featured advert banners featuring hardware stores offering discounted hammers upon showing of the app in-store.
If you’re interested in being a part of the global movement to map the location of all iOS devices (and thus users), you can download the app from the Play Store entry. Happy hunting!_________