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Activate Your Droid Bionic Location Technology

The Droid Bionic knows where you are. Not only does it have a GPS, but by using the Maps app, you can also instantly find out where you are and what’s nearby and even send your location to someone else.

The Maps app works best when you activate all the Droid Bionic location technology. Turn on three location settings. From the Home screen, press the Menu soft button and choose Settings. Then choose Location & Security. In the Location and Security settings, ensure that green check marks appear by these items:

  • Google Location Services: Allows software access to your location using Google technology.

  • Standalone GPS Services: Allows your phone to access the global positioning system (GPS) satellites, but it’s not that accurate. That’s why you need to activate more than this service to fully use your phone’s location abilities.

  • VZW Location Services: Allows the phone to use signals from the Verizon cell towers to triangulate your position and refine the data received from GPS Services.

Further, you can activate the phone’s Wi-Fi feature for even more exact location information. The Maps app shows your location as a blue dot or compass arrow on the screen. But where is that? If you need to phone a tow truck, you can’t just say, “I’m the blue triangle on the orange slab by the green thing.”

To find your current street address, or any street address, long-press a location on the Maps screen. Up pops a bubble, similar to the one shown in this figure, that gives your approximate address.

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If you touch the address bubble, you see a screen full of interesting things you can do, as shown here.

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When you’re searching for a location, the distance and general direction are shown next to the Street view preview. Otherwise, if you’re just finding out where you are, the distance and direction information isn’t necessary.

The What’s Nearby command displays a list of nearby businesses or points of interest, some of them shown on the screen and others available by touching the What’s Nearby command.

Choose the Search Nearby item to use the Search command to locate businesses, people, or points of interest near the given location.

What’s really fun to play with is the Street View command. Choosing this option displays the location from a 360-degree perspective. In Street view, you can browse a locale, pan and tilt, or zoom in on details to familiarize yourself with an area.

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