The Evolution of GPS Technology in the Digital Age

It is hard to speak about the EVOLUTION of GPS technology in the digital age as GPS was a revolution itself; it completely changed peoples’ understanding of location tracking and made it available to almost everyone. It is hard to say to what extent GPS technology can evolutionize in its essence, but the ways it is used have definitely changed.

Brief History of GPS Technology

1978 is considered the year of GPS creation: the first Navstar satellite was launched. This event was of great importance for the US national security as it was used to increase air travel safety.

The first steps to wide civilian usage of GPS technology happened in 1999 when GPS blocks were approved for usage in cell phones. It was the first step to location tracking by phone number and not only.

GPS finished its path to civilian devices in 2010 when the government approved the GPS III program. The first GPS III satellite was launched in 2018, making this technology available to almost every cell phone user.

Of course, no one planned that this technology would be used to build you the best route to the cafe or nearest shopping mall; thus, it is the first example of how GPS technology has changed in terms of its usage once ordinary people got it into their hands.

GPS for Location Tracking

Obviously, the most popular uses for GPS technology in our everyday lives are location tracking and itinerary building. While Google Maps is the most popular service for general location tracking, there are many other cell phone number location tracker apps. is a cell phone number location tracker that works online and, as it comes from its “classification”, requires only the phone number to locate a person’s device. You must enter this number on the website and upload a picture. This very picture will be attached to a tracking link. You are supposed to send it to your target via any messenger of your liking and wait for the result.

The trickiest point is that your target must tap on the picture to make their location visible to you. Thus, you must attach a trustworthy message to the picture to help your target to risk opening the image. The user will also be asked if they want to share their GPS data when they open the image.

If you need to locate a phone number, you may turn to GEOfinder. Similar to, it is a web service that uses GPS to find a mobile device with the help of its phone number. After you enter the phone number on the website, GEOfinder will send a tracking link to your target, accompanied by the message you compose.

However, developers decided that only GPS location tracking is not enough for their app; you won’t surprise anyone with this feature. Thus, they decided to add a couple of more in-depth features:

  • WiFi connection trackers;
  • VPN connection tracker;
  • current carries check.


uMobix is a tracker used not only to locate a phone number but rather the device itself. This is its downside and advantage at the same time. The downside is that you must install it on the device, which might be difficult in different situations. The advantage – it is linked to the device, not a SIM card, so it cannot be fooled by simply changing the number. But it also allows tracking a SIM card without installation by offering a similar feature to that of GEOfinder.

Apart from GPS tracking, uMobix has whole pockets of useful services that can be used to improve your monitoring experience:

  • social networks tracking;
  • messages tracking;
  • live streaming;
  • keylogger.

Geofencing as the Next Step

One of the newest ways to use GPS technology is geofencing. Basically, it is closely connected to location tracking, or even better to say – it is its improved version. What it does is set the invisible borders on the map for the target device. The moment your target device crosses these borders – you are informed. It is a great thing for parents, first of all, as it allows them to control their children’s movement better.

Further Potential Improvements

First of all, GPS precision improves every year. People from 2010 would be shocked by the results this technology shows nowadays, but there still is space for growth.

Second, areas of implementation. GPS is widely used in gadget tracking nowadays, but who knows, maybe it will start tracking people in a couple dozen years. Remember our words when it does.

Finally, location number tracking may be used without sending any messages and links one day. Do not ask us how to implement this, it is just an idea for the developers.

Final Word

Location tracking by phone number is a technology that appeared not so long time ago. It uses GPS service to show where the chosen device is on the map, and it requires only the phone number (unlike phone trackers, which must be installed, guaranteed permissions, and so on).

Considering that 50 years ago, GPS technology was used only for military aviation, 20 years ago, it was a luxury for mobile phones, and now everyone can use it to track a person, there is much more to expect in the near future!