Google Becomes Default Firefox Location Provider

By | April 30, 2009 | 3 Comments


Google Becomes Firefox Default Location ProviderGoogle Code Blog today announced that Google’s Location Service became a default location provider in Firefox 3.5 Beta 4.

As the post says: “This means that developers can, with users’ permission, gain access to their approximate location without requiring any additional plug-ins or setting configurations.”


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    Why will Firefox have Google search if there is no money involve and now this. It just doesn’t look more then a way to collect as much data as possible that can help google in their advertising strategy.

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    Of course it helps Google, but it helps Firefox and the user as well. If I search for local parks, I actually get local parks. That’s good for me. If I search for lighting retailers, I get local ones. That’s good for me, AND Google, AND whatever lighting retailer I find, AND I establish a positive association with Firefox giving me what I want. Is all the data gathering a little creepy? Sure. But for the moment everybody wins.

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      Agreed, I also like the fact that I am getting everything local. Having to scroll through random sites that mean absolutely nothing to me is just a waste of time and one of the few flaws that Google is still trying to work out. Now I will not be closing my browser prematurely after clicking the wrong sites over and over again.