Report: 550M GPS phones by 2012

According to a recent report from ABI Research, more than 550 million GPS-enabled handsets will ship by 2012. The research outfit notes the ubiquity of personal navigation services from carriers, but also points out other location-based services like friend finders, local search, geo-tagged photos and sharing points-of-interest via geo-tagging as up-and-coming applications of GPS technology in phones.

"While most CDMA handsets are already GPS-enabled and GPS is set to become a standard feature in GSM smartphones, GSM feature phones are next on the agenda to be equipped with GPS technology," says ABI Research principal analyst Dominique Bonte.

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