Google Latitude Finds its Way to the App Store

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Google’s location-based social networking service Latitude finally appeared on Apple’s iTunes-based App Store on Monday. The Google Latitude app was originally submitted for App Store approval, but the Internet search giant eventually dropped its push for a native iPhone app and created a Web-based version instead.

The Google Latitude app lets users tag their location in real time and find other nearby Latitude users. They can also chat with other Latitude users, find local businesses, and more.

Google Latitude for the iPhone

 

Google’s first attempt at releasing a native iOS app for Latitude fizzled out about a year and a half ago, forcing Google to start over with a Web-only interface for iPhone users. At the time, Google Mobile Product Manger Mat Balez commented “After we developed a Latitude application for the iPhone, Apple requested we release Latitude as a web application in order to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone, which uses Google to serve maps tiles.”

The native Google Latitude app can update your location in real time, can update locations in the background on the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, includes the ability to manually set a location, and offers privacy controls for users that don’t want to broadcast their location.

Google Latitude is free and is available at Apple’s iTunes-based App Store.

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Comments

JonGl

Sorry, but I fail to see the point of this app…. what kind of real-life and practical uses does it have, except for “stalking”? Creepy…

-Jon

thinknspeak

Actually, it could be handy for parents with teenagers. At best it represents where the kid is and at worse identifies where their phone is (in case of being lost).
And if you have ever been waiting on someone to meet at the mall or a stadium or even a restaurant, I can see where this might come in handy to know whether they are nearby or at the wrong entrance.

computerbandgeek

When my buddy drives up from Southern California to Northern California, he just live updates his location and doesn’t have to deal with the question “How much longer ‘till you get here?”. My carpool live updates his location so I have 10 minutes warning before he comes to pick me up. Very cool. smile

JonGl

Ok, that carpool trick _is_ very cool! I concede on this one! grin

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