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Location services can be convenient for automatically adding location information (geotags) to photos. Some people also use location services to post their locations to social networking sites, such as Facebook. Be aware, however, that others can use your location information, too.
Location Services is an integration standard that lowers the cost of connecting applications such as Mobile Apps with item, price, inventory, planogram, and mapping applications. Once adopted, this standard will make the exchange of information between planograms and location solution vendors more cost-efficient.
Note: This is a guide to the Android framework location APIs in the package android. location. The Google Location Services API, part of Google Play Services, provides a more powerful, high-level framework that automates tasks such as location provider choice and power management. Location Services also provides new features such as activity detection that aren't available in the framework API.
To get the current location, create a location client which is LocationClient object, connect it to Location Services using connect() method, and then call its getLastLocation() method. This method returns the most recent location in the form of Location object that contains latitude and longitude coordinates and other information as explained above.
This API is not the recommended method for accessing Android location. The Google Location Services API, part of Google Play services, is the preferred way to add location-awareness to your app. It offers a simpler API, higher accuracy, low-power geofencing, and more. If you are currently using the android. location API, you are strongly encouraged to switch to the Google Location Services API as soon as possible.
The LocationManager class provides access to the Android location service. This services allows to access location providers, to register location update listeners and proximity alerts and more.
The Mozilla Location Service (MLS) is an open service which lets devices determine their location based on network infrastructure like WiFi access points and cell towers. This network based location service complements satellite based navigation systems like A-GPS. Combined these two approaches are one of the foundations for enabling context aware applications.