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Windows 8 Ultrabooks/Convertibles to be equipped with GPS
Marvin Hlavac
With the recent launch of the 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors, Intel has introduced a new breed of Ultrabook and it’s a game-changer. Ultrabooks and Convertibles based on the 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors come with new touch and sensor features.

New Sensors Available for the Ultrabook/Convertible

There are 5 Sensors relevant to the Ultrabook/Convertibles:
  1. Compass
  2. Accelerometer
  3. Gyroscope
  4. GPS
  5. Ambient Light Sensor
Source: http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2012/07/26/detecting-ultrabook-sensors-on-windows-8/

This could motivate some of us to get a new PC, especially if the internal GPS receiver and the built-in antenna are both sensitive enough to compete with external devices.

Would the proliferation of GPS enabled tablets and laptops give developers the needed push to invest a bit more in navigation products for the Windows PC platform?
Ken in Regina
A couple of potential issues,

1. Quality of the GPS sensors. If they're no better than the ones in smartphones then dedicated navigation devices will still have an edge. My Nuvi 765T is a pretty old device. My eTrex Legend HCx is even older. Both of them make my HTC Android smartphone's GPS sensor look like a child's toy. In fact the GPS sensor in my really really old Garmin iQue Palm OS device is just as good. (I know this because I'm using the iQue in my current travels because my wife is using the Nuvi. OSM maps have added new life to the old beasty!!)

2. Software quality. If the existing major players decide to take advantage of this and improve their products, we could win. But if we are left to the mercies of the "app store" developers trying to make a living on sub-$10 apps, we lose.

...ken...
Marvin Hlavac
Not sure if the Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 tablet includes a GPS sensor, but Lenovo Windows 8 ThinkPad Tablet 2 sure does. Leaked specs have been posted at http://techin5.com/2012/08/lenovo-windows-8-thinkpad-tablet-2-specs-leaked/
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