As you may know, Urban Airship is deprecating SimpleGEO as a stand-alone service.
Parse have launched an import tool that allows developers to import their SimpleGEO data into Parse.
We are also happy to welcome SimpleGEO users to QuickBlox to try out our Location module. The API and admin panel of the Location module allow you to store and manage POIs and users within your app, along with a number of other geolocation features.
The module works with both GoogleMaps and Bing – the strengths of the module are illustrated by our SuperSamples which are a mashup of Location and Chat. You can download the MapChat sample code for iOS, Android and Windows Phone to see how it works. This sample makes it easier for you to understand how to integrate great functions into your apps through a real case example.
I’ll use this opportunity to tell you a bit more about our Map+Chat concept – read more about it below.
The QuickBlox Location module has an integrated status message functionality which allows you to easily build apps where users can chat with each other over the map. QuickBlox also features a powerful Chat module in case you need an even quicker and more robust chat solution capable of hosting more than 5,000 concurrent chats per one room/instance.
Uploading your data to QuickBlox Location
In case you are a SimpleGEO user or you’ve got an existing POIs database to import – we’ve got the Bulk upload feature in our Location module admin panel to make it easier for you. You would need to pre-format the data into a simple XML-like representation. The format explanation is given in the admin panel, also available to download here: upload example
In case you have a large database of POIs and cannot figure out how to convert your data we can help you and write a parser from your format – contact us and will be happy to assist with that.