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.
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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?