Cartonama Conference

Making the most of geospatial data, community mapping, and location-based services.

Now, to build location based services on Android...

Submitted by Gaurav Lochan (@gauravl) on Aug 10, 2012

Section: Applications Technical level: Intermediate Session type: Tutorial Status: Submitted


Introduce audience to the location based services in Android, and share some (very reusable) lessons from an app in the marketplace.


  • Introduce how android gets location data (GPS, Network, Wifi), and how it exposes it
  • What are the trade-offs between the different types of location data
  • How to use the location based services effectively in a production quality app

I'll try to keep it interactive and focus on the areas that the audience cares most about.


A basic understanding of geo-location, ie lat/long, etc A basic understanding of Android (or any mobile platform, for that matter)

Speaker bio

For this topic: I ran a startup that tried to collect, analyze, and report road traffic info. I built an android app that exercised the Android Location services in different ways, and had to try a bunch of tricks to optimize battery performance.

In general: A technology enthusiast, having worked on many diverse technologies (Networking, Multimedia, Virtualization, Mobile, Location) at companies like VMware, Microsoft, and now at Flipkart.



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