The company has announced that it is working on a detailed indoor location positioning technology that could seriously change how things work.

Clay Bavor, speaking at Google’s I/O conference today, said:

One thing we’ve seen clearly is that AR is most powerful when it’s tightly coupled to the real world, and the more precisely the better. That’s why we’ve been working with the Google Maps team on a service that can give devices access to very precise location information indoors.

 

The service is called VPS, and as Google describes it, it helps your smartphone become a sort of an extra-sensory, paranormal dog.  Not now maybe, but that is where the company sees the tech going. As Bavor puts it,

Imagine in the future your phone could just take you to that exact screwdriver and point it out to you on the shelf.

it works by leveraging a Tango camera which is capable of triangulating position based upon the distinct visual features in the room.

Google Collects Android Location Data Even When Location Service Is Disabled

Android smartphones has been caught collecting location data on every Android device owner since the beginning of this year.

The investigation revealed that Android smartphones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers, and this data could be used for “Cell Tower Triangulation“—a technique widely used to identify the location of a phone/device using data from three or more nearby cell towers.

Each time your Android device comes within the range of a new cell tower, it gathers the cell tower address and sends this data back to Google when the device is connected to a WiFi network or has a cellular data enabled.

location data resides in Android’s core Firebase Cloud

Messaging service that manages push notifications and messages on the operating system, it cannot be disabled and doesn’t rely on what apps you have installed—even if you factory reset your smartphone or remove the SIM card.

In privacy policy about location sharing, Google mentions

“When you use Google services, we may collect and process information about your actual location,” Google’s privacy policy reads.

“We use various technologies to determine location, including IP address, GPS, and other sensors that may, for example, provide Google with information on nearby devices, Wi-Fi access points, and cell towers.”

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