The addition of location information could improve many mobile applications and make them not only more useful to the consumer but less of a drain on cellphone battery life, Steven Max Patterson writes. He notes the arrival of Fused Location Services from Google that allows developers to create location-aware apps that switch between GPS, Wi-Fi and cell signal based on location context, reducing battery use. Patterson also cites the use of geofences to help apps determine when to activate instead of running constantly, another power saver.

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