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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by shedboy79, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. shedboy79

    shedboy79 Member
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    Why in google maps my current location shows the street where i lived over a year ago ?? will be some coincidence if that's what it is :thinking:

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  2. Griff_LI

    Griff_LI Android Enthusiast

    Possibly because you haven't got GPS switched-on and it's working it out from your WiFi IP address. AND your ISP haven't registered your change of address with whoever keeps the location information for IP addresses.

    Bit of a long-shot, though.
  3. charlies99

    charlies99 Newbie

    Spooky !!! Is it near where you are now? If it is and GPS is turned off it could because you are located by Gprs signal which is only accrate to about 200mtrs
  4. shedboy79

    shedboy79 Member
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    new isp when i moved
  5. shedboy79

    shedboy79 Member
    Thread Starter

    about 2 miles away! spooky indeed!!!
  6. benchmark

    benchmark Well-Known Member

    Its a new function that tracks owners residential history past 3 years in froyo.

    Naa, just pulling your leg mate, Charlie99 probably has it spot on.
  7. StoneDeCroze

    StoneDeCroze Member

    A number of companies, such as Google, collect the MAC addresses of any WIFI access points whilst surveying an area. This is all stored in databases and used for stuff like Google Maps. They also have the geographical locations for things like cell towers. All that sort of data is used for the "coarse" location services that don't rely on GPS

    Well, Google used to, until they got found out for "accidentally" collecting users data from unsecured WIFI networks when doing Streetview surveys.
  8. shedboy79

    shedboy79 Member
    Thread Starter

    as i said when i moved house i changed isp's but i kept the same phone number, will this have something to do with it??
  9. StoneDeCroze

    StoneDeCroze Member

    As far as I know, no. I assume you kept your WIFI router? If so it's probably that devices unique MAC address that's being looked up. The MAC address is unique to every single network device ever made (unless you fudge it), so WIFI routers, network adapters all have their own. I would imagine that your phone, in conjunction with Googles location services are looking up the MAC address in a database and seeing the old location.

    You could try going into Settings, Location and turning OFF "Use wireless networks" and turn on GPS. See if you magically teleport to the correct location.:)
  10. shedboy79

    shedboy79 Member
    Thread Starter

    thanks, that makes sense. Not really bothering me, was just wandering :)
  11. StoneDeCroze

    StoneDeCroze Member

    I'm sure it was giving you sleepless nights ;) Happy to be of assistance.

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