There is an interesting recent article in the Guardian. I felt the need to comment:
Its hard not to think of Groupon and Foursquare as part of the mobile location focused app hype. Flooded with venture capital money, their business models remain unproven. This conference may have been about consumers use of mobile location technology, but there are far wider implications.
Location is and will be key to many mobile apps. The mapping and geographic information sector is being revolutionised by mobile. Accessing true GIS apps like ArcGIS, in the field, has huge implications. Traffic, optimised routing and local search using mobile MapQuest is proving ever more popular with field workers. Similarly field data collection, tied to current location using a smartphone or tablet, is helping workers in the public and private sectors:
Too often the location focused mobile conversation is narrowed to the likes of Groupon and Foursquare. They may or may not be around in the near future. But there is no doubt location focused mobile applications are revolutionising much of what we do both inside and outside of work.