If you've ever needed to track down your Android-wielding friends on a night out, you'll be disappointed by this news: Google is playing the role of product serial killer once again, this time claiming Latitude as its latest victim.
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With Android users already being able to check-in with Latitude, Google just updated their Latitude iOS app to include check-ins there too. Similar to Foursquare, it lets you become a Regular, VIP or Guru the more times you visit a place.
After briefly appearing in Japan's App Store, Google's Latitude app is now in your App Store - and this time, it doesn't look like an accident. Stalk friends! Be stalked! It's free!
Despite the fact that it's opt-in and has decent privacy settings, I find Google Latitude's location history dashboard a bit creepy. It now gives step-by-step views of where I've been and even knows how many total miles I've travelled.
While it was initially suggested that Google Latitude was rejected from the app store to keep iPhone users from confusing it with Maps, this new patent shows that Apple might be working on their own friend- and ex-girlfriend-tracking app.
Google already knows too much about me, yet Google Latitude's Location History and Location Alerts features are still creepy. But they're useful, because together they learn your usual hangouts and know when you don't need notifications of who's nearby.
Apple thwarted Google's effort to release Latitude—which allows your control-freak friends to know where you are at all times—as an iPhone application. You can only update it manually using a web page, which makes it not-so-useful. Until now.
Google's finally released their Latitude location service for iPhone—unfortunately, it's a lame web app. Originally, it was a real application. But Apple thought we would all be horribly confused.
Google updated their integral Maps Android app with some pretty sweet new features, including voice search, public transit and walking directions, and a beefed-up Latitude. It's great to see them pushing updates as they're ready, without waiting for carriers.
Google just reaffirmed that they're going to be releasing the friend-tracking Latitude app for the iPhone just a few minutes ago. It's most likely going to be after the 3.0 firmware update is release, but Google also said "soon". Is summer soon?