Google Chromium Testing Location Features

Posted Dec 14, 2010

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is testing location features in the Chromium open source web browser platform that the Google Chrome browser is built on. The location features can only be accessed if you enable it during the development process. It can be enabled by click on an option in Chromium version 10 that says “Experimental location features.”

In the description of the location features, it says ?Includes using operating system location APIs (where available), and sending additional local network configuration data to the Google location service to provide higher accuracy positioning.? It appears that Google is looking to improve geo-location features in the web browser as locations of a computer are based on WiFi triangulation. This is different from cellphones which use GPS for geo-location.