HopStop Leverages Skyhook Technology to Enable Location on Kindle Fire App
Popular pedestrian navigation app can now provide accurate location services on Fire version
January 11, 2012
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skyhook, the world leader in location information, context and intelligence, today announced that HopStop, the leading provider of transit routing, has integrated Skyhook's Location Engine in its Kindle Fire app to provide location services.
The current version of the Kindle Fire does not provide any location services natively. However, any Android app that uses Skyhook will automatically work on the Kindle Fire without any changes.
“Since Skyhook is currently the provider of location on our Android app, it made sense to use Skyhook location services on our Kindle Fire app,” said Joe Meyer, CEO of HopStop. “They were able to help us tune and test the app until location was running smoothly.”
“Kindle Fire has been an extremely popular device since its release and continues to grow,” said Ted Morgan, founder and CEO of Skyhook. “While the native platform provides no way for location-based apps to perform their core functionalities, Skyhook is happy to provide our fast and reliable location for popular apps like HopStop and MapQuest, which require it.”
HopStop's free app is available today in the Android Market, and can be downloaded here; and is also available in the Amazon Appstore and can be downloaded here. Skyhook provides an SDK for developers across most platforms and can be downloaded here.
About Skyhook, Inc.
Skyhook is the worldwide leader in location positioning, context and intelligence. In 2003, Skyhook pioneered the development of the Wi-Fi Positioning System to provide precise and reliable location results in urban areas. Today, Skyhook's Core Engine provides positioning to tens of millions of consumer mobile devices and applications. For more information visit www.skyhookwireless.com.
HopStop.com is a leading location-based service that provides door-to-door biking, hourly car rental, mass transit, taxi and walking directions in 68 major metropolitan markets (and over 200 cities) throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Russia. HopStop has also built a robust platform of 3rd party syndication tools and mobile applications including a top 10 iPhone app, highly popular Android, Blackberry and Windows apps, a leading mobile site, and advanced SMS/text messaging functionality. Millions of residents and tourists throughout the world now rely on HopStop for their transit directions, and as a result the company has grown into the largest provider of pedestrian navigation behind Google Maps. HopStop.com is based in New York City and is financed by private investors. For more information visit http://www.hopstop.com