Google Maps My Location Not Coming To Palm OS
Palm OS fell another step further behind today, with the news that Google's new My Location service won't be coming on board anytime soon. Not that the Goog is to blame - apparently, poor old Garnet just doesn't have the ability. Google's Barry Schnitt has told PIC:
"The Palm OS doesn't offer the API we need to access the ID number of the cell tower the phones is associated with at a given time. Thus, we can't currently offer the My Location feature for Palm OS phones."
Google's Palm OS download page has been updated to correct the version number (from 2.0 to 126.96.36.199). Announced on Wednesday, My Location is a new feature in version 2.0 of Google Maps for Mobile. It uses the signal from nearby cell towers to calculate your approximate location on the map, displayed as a blue dot.
Although this news really shouldn't come as a huge surprise to Palm users, given that Garnet is way past its use-by date, it serves as yet another reminder of the urgent need for Palm to speed up delivery of their new OS. This functionality could possibly be added via a software update from Palm, but the company's recent track record with such things doesn't inspire confidence.
Update: A commenter has noted that this problem actually isn't due to any lack of technical ability on Garnet's part, but rather a decision made at the behest of the carriers when Handspring was still producing the Treo. Every phone needs to know the cell tower IDs - they wouldn't work without it - but that information is no longer accessible to developers on Palm OS. Presumably, this means that it would be a simple matter for Palm to correct the problem, but if the carriers are involved that makes it all seem much less likely. Thanks to WareW01f for the tip.