Google Latitude for iPhone now in App Store

Google Latitude for iPhone now in App Store

After a slight case of premature app-storification, Google Latitude for iPhone is now officially and properly available for download. Those features again:

  • See your friends on a map – find out who’s nearby and meet up.
  • Share your location continuously with whomever you choose – help friends and family stay in touch with you, even when you can’t take out your phone.
  • Control your privacy – share only city-level location, hide your location, or turn off background updating at any time.

Did you get it? If so, let us know what you think, and let us know what you want next, official Gmail app? Google Navigation? Wave 2?

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Google Latitude for iPhone now in App Store


I would love to give this app a spin....if it let me install it on my iphone 3g running iOS 4. Ether Google gooffed(Which is my guess as its giving me a API call error instead of some standard message) or Google has really pissed me off.

Love it so far. It does give you the option to stay running in the background for updating. Just wonder how the battery life will hold up to it.

^either goog needs to promote this service or throw it in the bag..some facebook integration would help cuz right now i've got an empty contact list!

The real question--how much will people without unlimited data plans actually use this service? I have to agree with what others have already said about knowing people who use the service. I'm in the same boat. If I had to choose between Google Latitude or longer battery life--I choose longer battery life. Good try Google, but I'm not interested.

I could be wrong. But isn't this a great way for families to keep track of one another? You know, AT&T tries to "add value" by making you pay for a service where you can see where your wife and kids are. But this allows it for free. I'm going to use this with my wife so we know where each other are. Not for all the wrong reasons, but for all the right reasons.

While I really don't care about this app, it's nice to see Google developing iOS apps again.

How is this different than an app like Loopt?
I'd rather they give us the new Google maps in the appstore..

@John Oates
The wife and I use the free mobile me find my iphone feature to locate eachother. Is a much better solution than using this.

@iErick yes I agree. I just enabled Find my iPhone on my gf's phone and it's on mine as well. We just have to agree not to use it except in an emergency until Christmas is over :)

Like others, I already use Find my iPhone for the location service offered through Latitude. However, I'd like to see the voice command enabled Google Maps come to iPhone, in a form similar to what's currently available on Android phones.

I have used PlaceTrack and Latitudie for updating my Google Latitude position for a couple months now. I've downloaded the "Official" Google Latitude client and I have mixed feelings.
What I like about the Google Latitude client - it's official, so I only have to put in my account info and I'm done. No API authorization screens and such. It also de-dupes my contacts with multiple email addresses nicely.
What I DON'T like about the Google Latitude client - I can enable background updates or not. I can't instruct the device to prefer or only use a GPS lock, or set the update interval. That's critical functionality for me when running group event trackers. It also does not let me save/send my location history when I desire that.
I'm not sure what kind of battery hit the official app is going to take but I will imagine without powering up the GPS in the background it will be competitive with Latitudie - and that one has had an almost unperceivable impact on my battery.
What I'm going to do now is run the official Google client except when I need finer resolution for my tracking.

I want google navigation on iOS! That is one of the few things i miss from android. I wouldn't mind using Google sky maps either. That is an interesting app.

For a different twist on location sharing try enLegion. works on 3G, more privacy, better group management, chat, text to speech, voice notes.