WSJ: Apple takes WiFiSlam indoor-GPS mapping startup beneath its wing for $20M
Be careful, Google Maps for Android, it seems like Apple’s iOS Maps might quickly be getting into the constructing — with regards to indoor GPS monitoring anyway. The Wall Road Journal’s Digits weblog is reporting that Apple has confirmed it bought WiFiSlam, a startup that makes a speciality of WiFi-assisted indoor-GPS performance for telephone apps. Apparently, Digits notes that the corporate was based by a couple of ex-Googlers a few years again and that one among its buyers has included a Google worker. Additional, a fast Google search confirms that any WiFiSlam-associated apps which will have been on Google Play are all however lifeless hyperlinks now.
The phrase on the road is that Apple handed over $20 million to say the corporate, though it would not affirm any numbers — or a selected purpose for the acquisition — with the weblog. Whereas there is no precise telling whether or not this implies we’ll see indoor mapping on iOS maps at any level, it is onerous to not think about it now that Apple’s made the acquisition. We’re in search of remark from Apple on our finish, and can you’ll want to let you realize what we hear again. For now, take a look at an previous demo of WiFiSlam in motion after the break.