GPS/Cell phone patent issue

Stroller linux.luser at
Sat Jan 26 11:45:01 CET 2008

On 25 Jan 2008, at 23:17, joerg wrote:
>> ...
>> Hmm... The patent purports to cover getting *any* information  
>> based on
>> where you are, including maps. So unless all the map information or
>> whatever information you need can fit on your phone you are not
>> interested in it? I guess you better wait for some *really* big flash
>> memory chips. :)
> The maps ARE "on board" for all common GPS car navis ("really big"  
> 256MB-flash
> card e.g.). When i need to download e.g. a new country, because  
> traveling
> from Germany to Spain, this info isn't based on sending my actual
> GPS-position to a database.

Hi there,

Google already offers a maps application for cell phones.

Just like the web-based app, the version for my Sony Ericsson P990i  
downloads only images for the area surrounding your search target,  
and downloads additional images as you scroll the viewing area.

This Google maps application supports GPS on Windows Mobile-based  
cellphones - I'd been inclined to assume that the Neo will be  
supported shortly after its release - and this would seem to be  
either "infringing" or prior art.


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