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Here's how to get Google Maps My Location working!

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I knew there had to be a way to get My Location working on the Saga. After all it works on an ipod touch. So here you go!

For those of us with locked down gps chips, you can use wifi triangulation. It took me a while to figure it out because I got it work sporadically and not consistently. Took a while to figure out what I wasn't doing right.

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Here's how to do it.

Download and install the latest version http://www.google.com/gmm

Turn on wifi

Run google maps and push the blue locate me button.

Sounds stupidly simple huh? Well here's the trick. Make sure you are NOT connected to any wifi hotspot. This is what took me a while because I have an Ad hoc network setup that gets connected to by default for tethering. The easy fix is set the wifi to only connect to access points. What this does is keeps the wifi adapter searching for access points continuously. That info is then accessible to GM.

If you get a message saying your location is temporarily unavailable, fear not because it is working but can't find you at the moment.

If you get a message saying it appears that your handset is not compatible, you either don't have wifi on or you have it on but are connected to a hotspot.

I know this isn't as good as gps and doesn't work in the boonies but at least it opens the door for doing location based searches in GM until VZW sees clear to open the gps chip.

Cheers!

Edited by larsdennert

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