Should Windows Phone 7 have a Location hub?


Jamie Thompson asks, on his blog, whether Windows phone 7 needs a seventh hub, for location-based services.

Of course it would be a good location for native features such as turn by turn GPS navigation and future Microsoft location service competitors, but  he notes some great scenarios where extending it would come in useful, such as:

  • Foursquare could publish check-ins
  • Twitter could publish geo-tagged tweets
  • Retailers could publish special offers (“Come to our store on Oxford Street in the next 10 minutes with your Windows Phone and receive a discount”)
  • London Underground could publish an overlay of the tube network, including real-time train information
  • Event sites like Eventful, Elmcity and Upcoming could publish local events
  • OpenTable (who already have an app in the Windows Phone marketplace) could publish information about nearby restaurants
  • Weather apps could overlay current or future weather conditions
  • Transport for London could publish up-to-the-minute information about their “boris bikes” such as which stations currently have bikes available
  • Your friends could share their location which could get published into the hub (this suggestion came from Todd Mcdermid)
  • Apps that provide data about public amenities (letter boxes, public toilets, post offices etc…) could overlay that information on the Location hub

In the end mobile phones are defined by being mobile, and a location hub would be a natural extension of this.

Read Jamie’s full proposal here.

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