Weird Google Maps Experience

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by AMendoza, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. AMendoza macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2009
    I have a 2nd Gen iPod touch Black 8GB Model MB528LL.

    I know there have been many questions from users pertaining to the Google Maps functionality and how it works in regards to WiFi networks. When I plan on going somewhere where I might need a map I usually open the maps icon and scroll around a particular area to load the map detail in my Ipod before I leave the house. This has usually worked out quite well.

    Recently we traveled to a large mall on the other side of town to shop. When we left the mall I opened the maps icon to get a detailed map of the area we were in. Much to my surprise a blue dot appeared on the map and followed our progress as we drove through the suburban area that we were in. I checked to see if I was perhaps connected to a local Wifi - I wasn't. This continued for many miles as we traveled. The blue dot turned into a gray dot and stopped following our progress once we got into a less populated area.

    Does anyone have an explanation?

    For Houston, TX area people: I was at the Katy Mills Mall and traveled down Hwy 99 [Grand Parkway], my progress was mapped all the way past Westheimer and Ft. Bend Parkway.
  2. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    this has happend before, in recent cases people's blue dot appear without wi-fi!, but many say its a bug or a clitch, or simply since your where viewing google maps with wi-fi, it kind of saved your old destination and exact location,

    Sometimes when i look at google maps to view traffic updates, I come back on again without wi-fi and the green/yellow/red traffic lines are still there!:eek: w/out the wi-fi on!
  3. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    The ability to turn this on or off is inside of your ipod touch settings. I believe it is called 'locator services'. The wifi cell you are connected to has to support this service. I had it working at the mall and at a car dealership but at home it doesn't work. I find it to suck a lot of power and it along with the wifi and bluetooth are turned off on my ipod touch unless I am using them of course.
  4. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida

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