My Desktop web app (*Note NOT Mobile phone app) needs to store a user’s geo-location.
I am happy for the user to input manual suburb, city, country location.
I have not yet looked into how geo-location works, but my guess is, if you are on a phone, simply switch on GPS , and program against the phone’s sdk to extract the phone’s Latitude/Longitude pairs.
Is my above understanding of GEO on the phone a correct representation?
How is capturing Lat/Long co-ordinates work with Desktop Browser apps, given there is no GPS hardware on standard laptops / computers?
If I have to resort to manual country / state / suburb input by user, are there any (preferably free) valid lists of such, which also provide lat/long co-ords ?
I have no problem creating a REST API myself to do this, but first I need the data. For major (english-speaking) countries like the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, etc does anyone know of any data sources (or even already available API’s ? ).
Does Google Maps / Bing Maps have anything that can be used in this regard ?