Google updates Latitude and Places apps, check-ins now included

Google has updated two of its apps, Google Latitude and Google Places. The apps are designed to help you connect with the people you care about at the places you love!

Google Latitude now has the added feature of check-ins, which allow you to see where your friends are on a map as well as choose to continually share your location information. When this setting is turned on, your location and check-ins will be done automatically; you will also be checked out when you leave so your friends know you have left. This is an opt in service and runs in the background on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad’s with 3G.

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Google Places has also been updated and it now supports thirty different languages. Wherever you are and whatever language you speak, you can now get personalised recommendations for places to visit.

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If you want to have your whole life visible to your close friends, these app updates may be of interest. The question is, do you want your friends to know your every move? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Google updates Latitude and Places apps, check-ins now included


Think outside the box here, please. Think of this app with families, parents, grandparents, emergency doctors, people on transplant lists, it's up to you to choose your "friends", but I can imagine several situations where it is very useful for two or more people to know where the other is all the time.
This is not just a social tool, thinkink of it as so is incredibly shallow.

It should also be noted that Google has made Latitude for almost every mobile platform under the sun, so if you don't want to invest on an iPhone to keep track of Granma who is on early stages of Alzheimer's, or on your kid who has just started to go to school on his own, you can give them a cheap Symbian/Nokia running Latitude and keep an "eye" on them with your iPhone.