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Google has begun testing a mobile phone mapping service which it promises will find your location and send you on your way, even if your handset’s not GPS-enabled.

Dubbed My Location, the service initially requires you to download Google’s free Google Maps software onto your handset. Then, whenever you need to find a location, simply type in the destination, and Maps will work out where you are and guide you there. Google claims the software can triangulate your location by communicating with nearby mobile phone masts, removing the need to type in your staring position.


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However, Google admitted that its accuracy is within approximately 1km – which is quite a long way if you’re driving, let alone walking. Having a GPS-enabled phone will narrow that right down, and at least My Location can ignore all the triangulation stuff if you have sat nav on board already.

My Location is compatible with most web-enabled handsets, such as BlackBerry phones, Windows Mobile OS devices and Nokias running on Symbian.

Users can try out the service for free now and Register Hardware would love to know how everyone gets on with it.

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