Apple as a part of a larger effort to improve and grow its mapping services has acquired WifiSLAM a mobile location startup according to Wall Street Journal and its a deal of $20 million. A major step taken by apple to improve its Maps presence.
Apple Maps earned a reputation for omitting transit directions, giving poor navigation and displaying incomplete 3D views that distort national monuments.
[quote]The two-year-old startup has developed ways for mobile apps to detect a phone user’s location in a building using Wi-Fi signals. It has been offering the technology to application developers for indoor mapping and new types of retail and social networking apps. The company has a handful of employees, and its co-founders include former Google software engineering intern Joseph Huang.[/quote]