Nokia, Facebook Link GPS, Social Networking

For more than a year Nokia execs have been forecasting that the GPS capability of high-end mobile phones would mesh with social networks. Now the Finnish handset maker is trying to get out in front of the trend, announcing an agreement with Facebook that will let users broadcast their locations to friends. The new service, which Nokia is calling lifecasting, means you can let your Facebook friends know when you?re in the neighborhood. Instead of just connecting online, you could actually meet in the flesh.

Lifecasting will come with the N97 mini when the $630 device begins shipping in October. It will also be available as a free download for owners of the N97, Nokia?s current top-of-the-line smartphone.