FireSpot Brings GPS-like Location Services to the Kindle Fire

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FireSpot from Duff Research LLC is the first application to bring a software-only GPS location service to the Kindle Fire, making up for the Kindle Fire’s lack of GPS hardware and lack of any built-in location services.

FireSpot is the first application to overcome the Kindle Fire’s lack of GPS hardware by providing a software-only GPS-like location service that shows the user's current location on an interactive map, tracks user movements, and helps the user search for and find businesses and points of interest around them.

The Kindle Fire is a convenient and powerful device for a great price, but one of the key features that it lacks is GPS hardware and system location services. Duff Research has filled this gap with FireSpot, which is a framework for location services that utilizes public WiFi information to find the user's current location with a reasonably high accuracy in most urban locations, and a simple interactive map display on top of the location framework to show businesses and nearby points of interest.

The initial version of FireSpot is useful enough by itself, to rapidly see what’s in the local area and search for specific businesses, but it is just the start of a series of location services that Duff Research is building on top of the FireSpot Location Framework, to help find nearby friends, locate services like gas stations and parking, and navigate to destinations.

Download the initial version of FireSpot from the Amazon App Store at and start using FireSpot on the Kindle Fire to get more out of what’s in the local area. Free updates will be coming over the next few weeks and months that add additional GPS services.


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