Do you know how many Smartphone GPS users are there worldwide? Honestly, we’re not quite sure how to even make an estimate. With so many GPS-enabled phones, location-based applications, and affordable and easy access to them, there’s no telling how far it has gone to become a standard in today’s mobile phones.
GPS was used solely for military purpose, until the government who maintains the system, eventually granted access to civilians. The technology obviously offers benefits and conveniences for everyday use. From locating people and establishments, to preventing disasters and providing easy access to location-based information, GPS is definitely a feature worth having.
If you are still clueless as to what GPS is for, here is a very brief overview of the things you can do with this fun and useful feature.
Geo-tagging is a feature that adds geographical data to a document or file. They say that a photo is worth a thousand words. With geographical identification attached to it, the photo is now worth a million words. It makes your social media files more detailed. Instead of making your friends guess where you vacationed last week, they can immediately see where you’ve been. It’s also attests to the places you’ve been and things you’ve experienced. Just in case your friends tease you that you made the whole thing up, you have proof and it’s all set in metadata.
If you still think GPS is just for locating stolen cars or tracking missing people, you are very much behind. Geographical data can be used in so many ways now. Before, posting geo-tagged photos was the only way to tell your network where you have been and what you have done there. These days, there are mobile phone applications that automatically update your location in your social media networks as you arrive. This doesn’t just show off how much well-travelled or busy you are, but it also allows your family and friends to meet up with you easily when they are within the area.
With GPS being integrated with so many mobile applications, you can do a lot with it. Instead of just locating cafes or restaurants, you can create your own geographical diary where you can bookmark, write reviews, and share your favorite places to the rest of the world. If you have children or loved ones you want to keep your eyes on, you can locate them anywhere they are and place accompanying monitoring features on their GPS-enabled mobile phones.
This is the most convenient feature for everyday use. You can use your GPS’ navigating capabilities to know the fastest way to a destination, get turn by turn directions for it, or explore an area without getting lost. This feature helps you save time, effort, and fuel in your everyday travel or long journeys.
Today’s gaming technology is more advanced, interactive, and 3-dimensional. Can you believe there are games that actually require you to move around and enable the GPS feature? Have you heard of games like RayGun, Tourality, Geodashing, or Waymarking? They are not only fun, but they also help you stay fit and keep you socially active through its integrated social networking features. So if you’re tired of sitting down and playing the same old game that mobilizes your character but not you, GPS just made mobile gaming a lot more, well, geographical.
The Author: Joseph Enmanuel is a OnePiece Manga fanatic. His interest is in Mobile Phones Discussion. He’s Currently working in Wireless Emporium, Inc – A trusted source for cellphone accessories like iphone accessories, chargers and etc. You can follow him @otep_enmanuel.
mavic cantes says
tracking missing person? how would it find the person? interesting…:D