Russian search engine Yandex has launched a beta for their new geo positioning service “Yandex.Locator” (API). Of course, Yandex is not a pioneer in this field, but considering the huge number of its users throughout Russia, a service of this kind has been long awaited.

The first navigation service was Wi2Geo, now it is known as AlterGeo and is used in Yandex.Maps.

The new geopositioning service from Yandex will allow to locate smartphones and laptops that have no embedded GPS.

A user is  geo-positioned with the help of the nearest Wi-Fi access points and the data from the closest mobile phone towers. Successful testing will be beneficial for cellular network users as well as provide an opportunity to develop new applications on the basis on this geo service.

Now Yandex is going to know a lot more about the whereabouts of its users.

It would be interesting to test how precise the Yandex will be to show the location of the users as compared to similar services of other developers.

There are certain commonly known faults of such navigation service: it tends to work in urban areas exclusively. If there is no Wi-Fi access point around, this geo location service won’t work.