"there's no extra work for you as a developer. Gears simply considers Wi-Fi as an additional source of information and will return the best position estimate it can."
This move seems a direct response by Google to Mozilla Labs Geode, which uses Skyhook’s Loki technology to map the Wifi signals in an area to determine location.
The Google Code blog names three services that they say are using the Geolocation API:
- lastminute.com's new Radar application allows users to find nearby hotels
- ITN's Google Earth mash up in Firefox allows users to see nearby news stories (see post below)
- Rummble's social discovery site
UK Developer Blog: Increased Accuracy for Location in the Browser