Motorola drops Google’s location services in favor of Skyhook wireless
Motorola has earned quite reputation for doing somewhat… remarkable things. The Motorola ROKR, Motorola RAZR V3, and Motorola DROID are just a few examples of them doing things that make you go, “What?” and “Wow.” at the same time. This time Moto has done it again, in the software department for all their current and future Android smartphones.
Instead of the traditionally used Google mapping services for navigation on their Android phones, Motorola has decided to go for services being offered by Skyhook Wireless. Well, this shouldn’t really be that big of a deal, because while they’re getting rid of Google in the maps department, they are getting a replacement for it. But why fix something that isn’t broken?
According to their press release, Skyhook’s Core Location will enhance Motorola’s Android-based mobile devices with its innovative location technology. They must have a lot of faith in Skyhook’s offering, seeing as how Google does a great job at helping with navigation for no extra charge.
However this pans out, whether for better or for worse, one just can’t help but ask: why? In any case, I think this decision of Moto’s will ring well with those who want to experience “something else.”