And another one bites the dust; Google Latitude is being put out of its misery on August 9th, and has already been disappeared from Google Maps for Android. You likely won't even know that it's gone, but if its absence leaves a hole in your heart, most of it can be filled by Google+.
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It was already a joy to use, but Google's update of Google Maps for Android (version 4.3) squeezes in transit info, restaurant/services reviews and a nice tie-in with Latitude, where Google contacts can be contacted easily.
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 traveled.
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.
While AT&T and Apple let everything they said to the FCC all hang out, Google's response to the rejection of its own is pretty tame. Why? The good part of the response, detailing the conversations between Google and Apple about Google's apps getting rejecting, are redacted, meaning we can't read them.
Twitter's API just got a new piece of awesome: native location data. Before, apps had to jury-rig location schemes, but now location data can be natively baked into every tweet.
You name it, we've got it: Sexy search tools! Google Voice! Upstart app stores! Maps, with stuff on them! Radio! Emulators, from the future! Fresh new browsers! It's all in a
day's month's work for Windows Mobile.
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.
The App Store approval process has always been mysterious, slightly ridiculous and mildly infuriating. But with the summary execution of Google Latitude as well as every Google Voice app, it's finally gone too far.
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's released Latitude, a Maps tool that allows for automatic tracking of friends in real time, using a laptop, Symbian 60, Blackberry, WinMo and soon, iPhone or Android.