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[whatwg] Intent to implement: Background Geolocation for Progressive Web-Apps

From: Richard Maher <maherrj@googlemail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:46:34 +0800
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Secure, user-sanctioned geolocation collection is currently unavailable for
HTML5 Web-Apps when they are not running or in the foreground. This leaves
the browser hosted applications incapable of competing with Native Apps on
an even playing field.

The main goal of background geolocation reporting is to all web-apps, but
in particular, Gaming, Social-Network, and Fleet-Management Apps, to
continue to function even if the device has gone to sleep or another App is
in the foreground.

Additional goals are:


   Power-Saving. By using the existing ServiceWorker paradigm and flexible
   throttle/filter on which geolocation movements are "interesting".

   Single-process (Google Play etc) to monitor all geolocation reports for
   all Apps before deciding if ServiceWorker(s) need to be instantiated.

   Unlike Mozilla's current implementation, stalkers, estranged spouses,
   and marketeers will no longer be allowed to track users covertly.

Here is design overview document:

Ongoing technical constraints

None. See https://w3c.github.io/ServiceWorker/#extensibility
Tracking bug
There is currently no top level bug.


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