Latitude for iPhone shows off iPhone deficiency

Developers have been asking Apple for a way to run multiple applications at once -- giving applications like Google Latitude the ability to run services in the background. Unfortunately, Apple has refused to do such, and has forced companies like Google to release sub-par applications that are forced to run in the mobile browser.

Developers have been asking Apple for a way to run multiple applications at once -- giving applications like Google Latitude the ability to run services in the background. Unfortunately, Apple has refused to do such, and has forced companies like Google to release sub-par applications that are forced to run in the mobile browser.

Native applications are far better, faster and more powerful than web apps right now -- however, it has been said, by Google even, that one day web apps may be the preferred method of deploying mobile applications.

As you might have guessed, the new version of Latitude for iPhone simply launches a browser -- not exactly what people were expecting from Google, but it may be the best they can do for now. Since Google can't install services on iPhone that run in the background, updating your location could not happen automatically anyway.

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