Google Maps Location



  • In google maps when i click on the circle to find my location, it doesn't display the correct postion (about 10 km to far in the south-west). In chrome it also zooms in, which doesn't in the beta of vivaldi...


  • Moderator

    Do you have a PC with GPS?
    Otherwise the Location button in GMaps only show the location of the dialin/login server of your Internet provider.



  • i compared it with chrome and it doesn't zoom in either… instead it zooms out...


  • Moderator

    You are talkin about Vivaldi 1.0.303.x? Beta is old.

    Try current snapshot 1.0.334.x from https://vivaldi.net/



  • I've been having the same problem with Google Maps in my Vivaldi version 1.15.1147.64. When I click on the location circle, maps puts me at a house I've never been to, 60+ miles NE of where I'm located. This doesn't happen in the Chrome, Edge or IE browsers. I've found the solution to be the following:

    1. Go to the upper right corner of maps, select your profile and logout of gmail.
    2. Log in with the gmail account assigned to your phone.
    3. Close Vivaldi, re-open it & maps and select the location ball again.

    It will show your proper location for a while but eventually you will need to repeat these steps. Apparently the other browsers log in to Google when Maps is loaded but Vivaldi doesn't. Should this be reported as a bug or is there some setting in Vivaldi which I've missed?



  • @topcat7736
    This may sound strange but what happens when you install firefox for test purposes and try to locate your position via google maps?



  • It's worth noting that Vivaldi keeps a lot of Google specific things out of the browser.

    There's a blog post, I'll try and find it, which explains this in detail and as I recall the location services are one such feature.

    EDIT this is the blog post https://vivaldi.com/blog/geolocation-in-vivaldi/

    Vivaldi uses Mozilla location services to improve privacy. This could result in different locations being generated



  • @zaibon said in Google Maps Location:

    @topcat7736
    This may sound strange but what happens when you install firefox for test purposes and try to locate your position via google maps?

    I installed the awful firefox browser on both my phone and desktop.
    I thought Vivaldi had begun functioning but after a while it timed out and put me 60+ miles further away. So whether FF is on my phone or desktop makes no difference. FF, IE, Edge and Chrome all find me but Vivaldi doesn't. Looks like I'll just need to re-login to my Gmail account on the computers whenever I want to use Google maps with Vivaldi.



  • Since installing FF, Vivaldi, no matter what I do, shows me at the 60+ mile away house when running any mapping program, ie. Google Maps, Mapquest, etc. So, it would be best to use a browser other than Vivaldi when doing map related functions.



  • I don't know whether it was a Google or Vivaldi (2.1.1337.51) change, but Google maps is finally showing our actual phone location rather than the 60 mile away address. And, that's without having any mozilla products on the computers.


  • Moderator

    @topcat7736 Did you see https://vivaldi.com/blog/geolocation-in-vivaldi/ Vivaldi uses free Mozilla location database. Google/Chrome uses a more accurate which is not free.



  • @Gwen-Dragon
    Spoke too soon. Sometimes the map is correct and sometimes it is 60 miles away. (This is on our desktops which don't have GPS in them). Sometimes I can turn off the top menu and our right address is found while turning on the top menu moves us 60 miles NE.
    No matter what I do, the laptops are 60 miles NE of where we are when using Vivaldi. Using any mapping program with Vivaldi is a waste of time as they all put you in the wrong location. All the other browsers, including Firefox, find your right location.
    The explanation says I should be able to allow mozilla but there is no selection for it in the location field of settings. Maybe the explanation was for a much older version of Vivaldi.


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    @topcat7736 said in Google Maps Location:

    The explanation says I should be able to allow mozilla but there is no selection for it in the location field of settings. Maybe the explanation was for a much older version of Vivaldi.

    Where do you see such explanation?


    Try this test page, you will get a popup where you have to allow geolocation, and then your location is shown.



  • @Gwen-Dragon
    I did your test page link, allowed it to work and after a time it said FAILED.

    Here's what your last link says

    We selected Mozilla Location Services as the provider we had the most faith in handling this particularly sensitive information correctly. It’s also a free service.

    The first time you go to a website that requests geolocation information, you’ll see Mozilla Location Services’ terms and conditions. If you agree to these, the service will be activated on a per-site basis.

    To check or change your “Location” preference for each site that requires this, click on the padlock icon in the URL field and select “Location.

    Mozilla Location Services collect only information that is strictly needed to provide the service. For example, the service does not collect the SSID name from Wi-Fi networks but collects the BSSID which is often the MAC address of the Wi-Fi device.

    With your permission, we pass the location data to Mozilla Location Services. Vivaldi won’t save any location data.



  • I ran your test link a second time and it said FOUND. It showed a small google map which said "This page can't load Google Maps correctly". It also shows a map 60+ miles NE of where I'm located.


  • Moderator

    @topcat7736 The not loading Google Map is ok as this is a development page.

    I do not know why your location is mis-detected. I guess they locate by IP where your ISP has the dialin access point.


 

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