With the new geotagging feature, GPS-enabled handsets equipped with the ShoZu application can attach latitude and longitude information to images automatically upon capture. ShoZu will then send this information to any Share-It destination that supports tagging, along with all other tags the user has created manually. In the case of Flickr, uploaded images will also be displayed automatically in their precise location on the user’s Flickr map.
For users, geotags make it possible to search community photo repositories by geographical location just as they would search by any other tag, whether to explore a vacation destination, find photos of a certain city or area that contributors have failed to tag with location information, or simply hunt for users with common interests.
“GPS is becoming a standard feature on handsets, primarily because of mobile subscribers who want navigation systems built into their phones. That is paving the way for new location-based services like geotagging,” said ShoZu CEO Mark Bole. “Our broad web community and handset support will lead the way in this area, equip our partners with a strong LBS application, and add rich new value to user-generated content for the massive number of consumers who have turned social networking into the hottest technology trend today.”
Geotagging is currently available for several new GPS-enabled Symbian S60v3 and Windows Mobile phones. ShoZu currently supports a total of 136 handsets, including Symbian, Java, Microsoft Windows Mobile and BREW devices. The list includes select WiFi-enabled mobile phones such as the Nokia N80 in Europe and the Dash in the U.S.,enabling multimedia files to be routed over users’ home, office or WiFi connection (or AirPort connection for Mac users) rather than the cellular network to reduce data transport costs.