MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. â€“ Dec. 11, 2008 â€“ LooptÃ¢, an interoperable social mapping and communication service, announced that its service is launching today to consumers through the Android Market, Googleâ€™s new mobile application store.
Loopt users can share their location between carrier networks with fellow Loopt users on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Boost, MetroPCS and T-Mobile. Loopt is currently supported on more than 100 handsets including the iPhone and BlackBerry and is now available on select phones with the Android Market. Android is an open and compressive mobile operating platform developed by an alliance of leading technology and wireless companies including Google Inc., T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola and many others.
The Loopt experience in the Android Market offers all the core Loopt features including background location updating which enables users to receive alerts when a friend is nearby. Users can also switch between map modes for a satellite view of their friend map or to monitor traffic delays. Beyond sharing their location and status information with friends via phones, Loopt users can also easily share their information with popular Web services such as FacebookÃ¢, MySpaceÃ¢ and Twitter or personal blogs and Web sites.
â€œFrom the start, our goal has been to build a ubiquitous interoperable network in which customers donâ€™t have to worry about who has what provider or mobile device,â€ said Sam Altman, co-founder and CEO of Loopt. â€œThis focus is combined with a commitment to delivering compelling consumer location services and effective privacy standards.
Loopt is available for free in the United States from the Android Market beginning today. For more information about Loopt please visit www.loopt.com.
Loopt, based in Silicon-Valley and backed by leading venture capital firms Sequoia Capital and New Enterprise Associates, has created a truly interoperable and accessible social-mapping service that is available across multiple carrier networks and supported on over 100 mobile devices. Leveraging the latest location technology, Loopt changes the way people connect, share and explore in the real world. Loopt was designed with privacy considerations at its core and offers a variety of effective and easy-to-use privacy controls for subscribers. Loopt works with leading mobile, social networking, and online privacy and security organizations such as the Family Online Safety Institute, Future of Privacy Forum, Connect Safely, Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, Progress & Freedom Foundationâ€™s Center for Digital Media Freedom, and the Internet Safety Technical Task Force. For more information, please visit www.loopt.com.