There are a lot of good reasons to enable GPS reception on your smartphone – and just as many why you might want to leave it turned off. Sure, navigation becomes a little trickier when your phone doesn’t know exactly where it is, but keeping GPS enabled consumes precious battery capacity, and the more paranoid of you out there just might not love the idea of your phone acting as a tracking device to begin with (cell tower and WiFi-based location estimates notwithstanding). But for whatever reason you might choose to keep GPS turned off, some apps just refuse to play nicely without it. Today we learn that one service could be changing its mind about forcing users to provide GPS details, as Cortana’s easing off her GPS-insistance in Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider build.
It used to be that you couldn’t use Cortana at all if you chose to disable GPS reception on your Windows smartphone, but testers now report that in build 14322, Microsoft is no longer enforcing that requirement.
More than just saving power by keeping GPS turned off, Cortana is also allowing users to change phone region (but not language) to not-officially-supported-for-Cortana nations.
Granted, taking this action prevents Cortana from helping out with directions or answering questions hinging on location awareness, but it’s nice to see users getting that choice, all the same. Now it just remains to be seen if this change is something Microsoft’s just testing, a possible coding oversight, or something that might actually make it into the final Anniversary Update.