Skyhook Introduces Always-On Location With Unmatched Power Management For Persistent Location
Groundbreaking New Airplane Mode Tracks Location During Online Flights
Boston, MA - July 18, 2012 - Skyhook today introduced new Always-On location capabilities in the latest 4.6 version of its mobile SDK. As mobile app developers explore sophisticated new use cases for leveraging persistent background location, the user implications of poor power management have become obvious. Social apps want to monitor location constantly to alert when friends are nearby, deals apps want to push deal notifications to you as you pass by a participating merchant and task management apps want to remind you to pick up the milk when you pass a grocery store.
During SXSW this year, smartphone users felt the pain of poor background location systems when their phones ran out of battery within hours. Many deleted the show's most talked-about apps due to battery issues alone. Skyhook's new Always-On features allow apps to check user location (on an opt-in basis) as often as every 30 seconds throughout the day, with little or no noticeable impact on the device's battery life.
"Locale's advanced artificial intelligence manages settings automatically. For example: arrive at work and instantly your ringer silences, your wallpaper snaps to that scenic Caribbean photo, and Wi-Fi switches on. My users demand accurate background location that doesn't drain the battery," said Carter Jernigan, CEO of two forty-four a.m. "Skyhook's new background location features will help us add to what we have already done to save battery power."
In addition, Skyhook's new version includes a novel airplane-tracking feature that allows apps to seamlessly use location even at 40,000 feet. Not only is this incredibly valuable for social networking apps, but Skyhook partners are also actively working on virtual pilot apps, which provide information about places as you fly over. Instead of having pilots identify points of interest to passengers via the intercom, now passengers can follow their flight's progress and explore areas beneath the plane within augmented reality apps that use Skyhook. Watch a real track video of the new airplane mode here https://vimeo.com/45835263
"Skyhook's new in-flight location is an exciting new opportunity for our location sharing app Glympse," said Bryan Trussel, CEO of Glympse. "Our goal is to allow our users to share their location with friends and family regardless of where they are."
"Skyhook continues to lead the way in terms of new uses of location on mobile devices," said Maggie Taylor, marketing manager of Skyhook. "We developed these features after consulting our app developer partners, so they are entirely based on the user demand for new location use cases."