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Bluetooth 5 offers significant upgrade in speed, range

Bluetooth 5 is due to make its debut today, promising a significant upgrade in speed and range.

Report: 72% of consumers believe more regulation is needed to control use of location-based data

A Mobile Marketing Association and Brainstorm consumer survey revealed that 74 per cent of respondents are happy to share their location-based data with third parties.

Samsung starts supporting Nokia's HERE mapping platform on its Galaxy devices

Nokia's HERE mapping platform is now available for download on Samsung Electronics' Galaxy smartphones, marking the first time Nokia is bringing its core mapping software to devices that run on Google's Android. Nokia announced a licensing deal with Samsung for HERE at the end of August.

'Pocketsourcing' turns smartphones into passive sensors to drive location apps

Researchers at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo have built an app that helps drivers find open parking spots through the use of "pocketsourcing," which turns smartphones into passive sensors. The app was developed within Blue, a systems research group at the university.

Location technologies at the heart of M&A, investment activities

Two deals this week involving Locations Labs and IndoorAtlas, respectively, highlight the growing importance of location-based technologies as keys to enabling other value-added services.

Nokia to bring HERE mapping platform to Android via partnership with Samsung

Nokia said it will bring its HERE mapping platform to devices that run Google's Android software starting with Samsung Electronics' Galaxy smartphones. The deal represents a major win for Nokia since the company sold its devices business to Microsoft in April.

Broadcom, IndoorAtlas make indoor-location pitches

Companies large and small continue developing indoor-location solutions as they make a play for what they hope will develop into a lucrative market for tracking users of portable communications devices. However, there are early indications that some users may want to gain more control over their location information, potentially throwing a monkey wrench into the vision for how location-based services might work.

Berg Insight: Location-based service revenues to reach €2.3B in Europe by 2018

Mobile location-based service (LBS) revenues in Europe are forecast to grow from €735 million in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.8 per cent to reach €2.3 billion in 2018.

Nokia exec: 'Indoor navigation has not panned out as planned'

A move by handset makers to a "less is more" strategy may impact the inclusion of pressure sensors and other sensors in smartphones, said a top Nokia executive.

Mapillary working on crowdsourced mapping via smartphone photos

A startup called Mapillary wants to put smartphone users to work enhancing the world's view of streets and other parts of the earth that are not currently viewable on Google's Street View.