Ben Elliott · Feb 1, 2011 at 09:00 am

WMCellInfo Lets You Triangulate Your Location Using Cell Towers

The universally popular Google Maps application gathers approximate location data using the proximity of cell towers relative to your phone. Once a GPS lock is completed, this location can be more accurately represented on the map. However, using GPS can be (especially with older devices) a much slower process, and it obviously requires an internal or external GPS chip to be connected to your phone in order for it to operate.

This is one of the reasons why Google Maps is so popular: the initial use of cell towers means that virtually any smartphone’s location is calculable. Recently, XDA user DavidTiger has created a .NET Compact Framework v3.5 DLL file which allows you to incorporate the use of cell towers to find a phone’s approximate location into your own applications!

Hopefully, this DLL file will inspire developers to provide those who want an alternative to GPS navigation with an option. For more information and the DLL itself, visit the development thread.


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ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above. View ben_duder's posts and articles here.
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