Weird Google Maps Experience

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

  1. AMendoza macrumors newbie

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    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

    leomac08

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    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

    xlii

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    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 68040

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