Infographic: How Does Your Mobile Device Know Your Location?

When you use native mobile apps to search nearby places or get driving directions from your current location– how does your phone know where you are? Many people will say it’s through a GPS satellite system, however TechHive says this is not the case:

“As it turns out, the good old GPS satellite system, by itself, works very slowly and often not at all when you’re indoors or walking beneath tall buildings. That’s why the GPS software in your phone relies heavily on cellular and Wi-Fi networks to help it figure out where it is.”

TechHive put together this Infographic to help show “how your phone knows where it is”:


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