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Cell Phone GPS Tracking With The Help Of Google

Today I would like to tell you about a really cool app that will work with all Google Android powered smartphones. The name of this app is Google Latitude and it is probably the best free cell phone GPS tracking application available. When it was first introduced a few years ago it became an instant hit with users. People absolutely loved it but many people still wonder how it can track down a cell phone so fast and accurately. In this article, I’ll try to shed some light on this issue for you. By the time you’re finished reading it, I’m sure you’ll want to download the application yourself.

Google LatitudeOne thing that makes Google Latitude a great way to track down a cell phone is its ability to use more than one method of locating the particular phone. There are actually two ways that Google is able to locate your smartphone.Of the two tracking methods used by Google Latitude the most reliable and accurate is via GPS. The accuracy of this tracking technology allows Google Latitude to provide its users very reliable and accurate coordinates.

This is the most accurate method but the software will attempt to use another method of tracking down a cell phone if it’s not able to determine the location of a particular phone using the GPS receiver in the device.The other method of location detection that the app uses is Wi-Fi. If the software isn’t able to detect the location of the cell phone via GPS, it will attempt to determine if your phone is receiving a Wi-Fi signal. If it is, the software will attempt to use the Internet Protocol address (aka IP address) to determine the location of the phone. It’s worth pointing out that this method isn’t nearly as accurate as GPS. Many Wi-Fi Internet connections use what are called “shared IP’s”. This means that many users share the same IP address. In this case the IP isn’t necessarily assigned to the exact address that the Wi-Fi router is installed. If the Wi-Fi connection that your phone is receiving is a “dedicated IP address”, the use of Wi-Fi to determine the location of the phone is much more accurate. If it’s a shared IP, the location that the software reports for the phone could be as much as 100 miles off.

One of the things that makes this smartphone tracking application different than many of the other apps that are available is that it allows you to keep track of several of your friends and family members at the same time. The way this works is each person must have the software installed on their phone. They must also have a Google Latitude account. Users will be asked to choose a username and password for security purposes when they sign up for this account. It’s free to sign up and it doesn’t take very long at all.

Once you have an account set up and the app installed on your phone, you can send friend request to your Google contacts. If your friends accept your request then you can both begin tracking each other using the app. What you will actually see on your phone is an icon that represents each of your friends that is overlaid on a Google Maps screen. They will also see your location on their screen.

I should point out that the software will only work if the application is running on the mobile device and the GPS receiver is turned on. The phone must also be in a service area in order for the app to be able to report the location of the device.

If you haven’t tried this application out yet, I highly suggest that you give it a try. Don’t forget to have your friends set it up on their phones or you won’t have anyone to track.

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