Checking my location using the Maps app, I see that it identifies my location incorrectly by hundreds of miles.

What determines the accuracy of the location as identified by the Maps app?

  • Edited with more information to make it clear.
    – A.Antri
    Nov 3 '12 at 6:59
  • It maybe guessing your location based on the where the server of your ISP is located. I am based in Mumbai and my location shows somewhere in the eastern part of the company. The main server of the ISP is based there.
    – A User
    Nov 6 '12 at 12:30

The accuracy largely depends upon the hardware you are running on, and your network connections:

  1. GPS and A-GPS have a resolution of 5-7m at best
  2. Wireless Network-based resolution is usually a few hundred metres.

If you are on a device without the above hardware, you will see IP-based positioning, which could be very inaccurate, as your ISP's internet-facing server could be some-place else entirely.

  • Correct, I was using IP based positioning. I see marginal difference with Wifi. thanks!
    – A.Antri
    Oct 31 '12 at 12:59

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