07 Sep '11, 7am

Americans would be lost without phone GPS

Americans would be lost without phone GPS

WASHINGTON : One in four Americans uses their cellphone to get directions or to receive recommendations about nearby attractions based on their present location, according to a survey published on Tuesday. The survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that a much smaller number -- five percent of cellphone owners, or four percent of all US adults -- use their phones to "check in" with geosocial services such as Foursquare or Gowalla. Twenty-eight percent of cellphone owners use their phones to get directions such as GPS-enabled map services or recommendations based on their current location, Pew said. That translates to 23 percent of all American adults. Eighty-three percent of American adults aged 18 and older own a cellphone, according to Pew. Forty-two percent of cellphone owners own a smartphone and they are more likely to use location-...

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