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Vodafone gives away Wayfinder as an open source

UK: Two years after it bought Wayfinder for 230 million Swedish crowns (now USD 31 million) to power its location services, Vodafone is now giving it away – it’s making almost all Wayfinder code available via open source.

“Given our decision to stop developing turn by turn location based services as part of our core business, it seemed an obvious choice to make the code we own open source,” said Pieter Knook, Voda’s internet director, who led the original acquisition says in the announcement. “We look forward to seeing its continued use in all sorts of different applications in the future.”

Vodafone once had ambitions to use Wayfinder to underpin location-based advertising and power its GPS navigation. The report is still available at mocoNews.

Wayfinder code is being made available via GitHub under a BSD license, including the back-end server, map software, and clients for Android, iPhone and S60.

Source: Wayfinder Blog, paidContent.co.uk