OSLO, Norway and BOSTON, MA - MARCH 26, 2009 - Opera Software and Skyhook Wireless today announced their partnership to bring geolocation to the Web. Users can now simply choose to share their location with any Web site and get a range of information about related products and services around them. Whether it is local searching, social networking, geotagging photos, local advertising or discovering nearby content, geolocation is a key factor in creating a relevant and meaningful experience on the Web.
Traditionally, geolocation was considered as being only a part of a downloadable mobile application; but with Skyhook's Wi-Fi Positioning System (WPS), any computer or mobile phone with a wireless adapter can take advantage of its advanced positioning technology and locate a user, making this service available to any Web site.
"Location is always relevant when someone is browsing the Web," said Tatsuki Tomita, SVP of consumer products at Opera Software. "By embedding Skyhook's technology into Opera and making it available through the W3C Geolocation API, we ensure that every Opera user gets the same high-quality, location-based experience out of the gate."