Location based services

Listed below are tools that can help you incorporate location-based services, such as navigation, into your applications.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that Sony does not make any representation as to the suitability or usefulness of the resources listed below. They are provided for informational purposes only.


Yelp’s API program enables you to access trusted Yelp’s location-based services, such as business listing info, overall business rating, and recent review excerpts into your mobile application provided that you follow Yelp’s Display Requirements and API Terms of Use including appropriate branding and linking to Yelp.

VZW NavBuilder Inside

Verizon’s NavBuilder Inside (NBI), is a cross-platform LBService SDK that provides features to developers to incorporate into their apps, including location (CellID, WiFi, GPS), maps (road, satellite and hybrid map views), navigation and content feeds such as traffic, gas prices, movies, local events and weather.


Appello can with its expertise and technical platform offer solutions that enable a variety of location-based services such as turn-by-turn navigation, dynamic traffic information, fleet management/asset tracking, location sensitive yellow pages and interactive city maps. These services can be accessed from a wide variety of mobile devices, web clients and in-vehicle equipment.

Blue Umbrella Inc.

Blue Umbrella Inc. provides a set of services aimed at developing applications which are based on indoor navigation functionality using Bluetooth, rather than GPS or WiFi, for increased accuracy. These services include Nav4Mall, Nav4Store and Nav4Conference.


Locomatix provides an advanced cloud-hosted platform for rapidly building, then deploying, and finally managing the entire lifecycle of rich location apps and services. The Locomatix real-time, fault-tolerant and scalable platform provides a one-stop shop to either build new location services, or make your existing mobile content come alive. The platform offers a rich suite of client APIs (which include support for Android and HTML5), that you can use to quickly build sophisticated mobile apps that leverage a rich feature set that includes always-on services (leveraging advanced battery optimised APIs and push-based notification architecture), dynamic and static geo-fences, and real-time location analytics.

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