On the service side, the Dell Wireless 700 location system integrates a turn-by-turn navigation software from ALK (CoPilot 7). Even more interesting, Dell is also going to offer The Loki Dashboard (from Skyhook Wireless), a location-aware web portal that uses the netbook's location engine to customize widgets for news, weather, tweets, photos, events (Flickr, Loopt, Brightkite), etc. Dell Wireless 700 location solution owners can easily access the Loki Dashboard via Internet Explorer on the netbook (dell.loki.com).
“With location as an important feature on existing and future Dell netbooks, a new platform for third party apps has arrived”, said Skyhook in an email to GPS Business news. “Developers of familiar apps like weather, social networking and games that have exploded on Smartphones as well as brand new categories will be able take advantage of the unique netbook user experience, with its larger screen size and longer user interaction times.”
Dell Wireless 700 location solution will initially support Windows XP. Vista and Windows 7 support will come later. “The Mini 10 is the first system that we'll offer with the optional Dell 700 Wireless location solution” said Dell in a blog post. More operating systems, regions and netbooks are expected to be announced at a later stage.