Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

Summary: Despite a brief appearance in the iTunes App Store previously, the Google Latitude app is ready to tell all of your friends and then some just exactly where you are at all times.

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Despite a brief appearance in the iTunes App Store previously, the Google Latitude app is ready to tell all of your friends and then some just exactly where you are at all times.

Users can place themselves on a map for others (ideally only friends and family), with the idea of finding people in the same area to meet up and hang out.

Obviously, there's some room for worry here when it comes to privacy. Users have a few options, such as only publicizing what city you are in (which only helps if that city is really big) or hiding your location (which can be done by not using this app). However, this could actually be useful in an emergency, such as an awful case in which someone goes missing and Google Latitude pinpoints the last-known location.

Technical requirements insists on iOS 4.0 or later, so the only compatible devices are the following: iPhone 3GS/4, the 3rd and 4th generations of the iPod touch, and the iPad. The Google Latitude app is free and available to download now.

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  • No thanks

    Google's products rarely works so I would not trust it in an emergency. It's not worth the privacy trade-off.
    iPad-awan
  • More Googe spyware

    To be avoided!
    jorjitop
    • More Google spyware?

      @jorjitop :
      Not really since you have to be stupid enough to volunteer the information they provided and considering the "are you sure?" prompts.

      That said, no one under 21 should be allowed to post such things and proof of identity needs to be a requirement.
      Personally I don't use such crap; so it means nothing to me personally.
      twaynesdomain-22354355019875063839220739305988
  • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

    Now I have not looked into this but if these are the only requirements: [i]Technical requirements insists on iOS 4.0 or later, so the only compatible devices are the following: iPhone 3GS/4, the 3rd and 4th generations of the iPod touch, and the iPad[/i] then the iPhone 3G should also be able to use it as the 3G is iOS4 capable. I'll have to look into it for curiosity.
    athynz
    • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

      @athynz At issue is multitasking so the app updates location the background without user intervention
      lelandhendrix@...
  • Not new

    It's been available as a web app for some time and will work on pre ios4 devices that way. Been around for years on Android and WM, probably BB too.
    No more invasive than Mobileme, Loopt and some of the other ios location sharing options.
    LarsDennert
  • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

    I have no idea why anyone would want to blast to all of their friends where they are? Let alone Google or anyone else wanting to blast me ads for where I am or was the night before.
    ItsTheBottomLine
    • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

      @ItsTheBottomLine If you Facebook or Twitter via mobile, that's technically no different as most people do and you can see/track where that post was from. From my understanding, IOS apps don't notify you the how much access from the iphone it will need like Android. Android tells you it will access contacts, GPS, internet and all that applies before installing. So need less to say, my android cell is kinda bare after seeing that.

      Honestly, I like Google Latitude on the WM6.x platform. You have the ability to disable GPS and others so you have better privacy. Sux that developers only make progs/apps for the privacy invasive OS's (IOS, Android)
      c79ram
  • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

    It's also available for Symbian as part of Google Maps.
    I would prefer an option to fuzz the GPS location in addition to just setting location manually, but for I want - showing my location when sailing single-handed - it seems OK.
    adaviel
  • Reminds me of the movie Minority Report...

    ... soon, we'll be walking by video billboards and they'll personally solicit us because they're using our phone to know who we are! Yikes! 8-0
    msanda@...
    • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

      @msanda@...

      So true!! It's funny you mentioned this movie...It was on HBO this past weekend!

      That's why I am happy with my flip phone..no GPS apps, no texting, no Blackberry features making me feel obligated to check work e-mail on evening and weekends unless I receive a phone call or working on an existing project,etc...
      jasonemmg
  • Google has launched yet another egregious assault on privacy

    Google has launched yet another egregious assault on privacy.
    Professor8
    • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

      @Professor8 <br><br>how is it an assault on privacy when use of this completely voluntary? as a user of it, i have sometimes found the repeated "are you sure you want to share this info?" questions annoying in their frequency. i'm glad it does this, but i don't necessarily want to be asked if i'm sure i want to share my location every few times i sign in specifically to update my location.

      now, if this were being done quietly/silently, or buried in an EULA somewhere so it was not very very explicitly clear what information was being shared, i would consider that an assault on privacy. as it stands now, i can discontinue updating my location any time i choose, and it is my choice to share this information. if anything, i am assaulting my own privacy by choosing to share this information, but again, that is my choice, not Google's. i could do the same by buying billboard time to broadcast my current location, and it would not be an assault on my privacy by the billboard company, but my choice to do so.
      erik.soderquist
    • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

      @Professor8 It's not an assault on privacy because it's voluntary. Plus, even if you have the app, you don't need to update your location. I use latitude once in a while and there's only 5 or 6 points in my history because that's the number of times I've used it.
      snoop0x7b
  • Been using it for months on Android without any issues

    My wife and I use this to see each others locations while we are on road trips. It's pretty cool and we don't have to call each other every hour to find out how much longer until the other gets home. We've been using it for months on the Android phones and haven't noticed an extra ad emails or anything like that. I think some of you are just too paranoid sometimes.
    readydave
    • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

      @readydave - if someones wife or daughter is eventually tracked and assaulted or worse from one of these apps, then paranoia is appropriate.
      swcook6
      • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

        @swcook6

        the most likely scenario under which that could happen would be a stalker boyfriend.

        Google Latitude's default settings have all sharing disabled, and you have to specifically add people you want to share your location with.
        erik.soderquist
      • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

        @swcook6 specious hyperbole. You could argue that it could also save lives by finding the disabled or unconscious. The truth is you only share the location info with those you choose, and they must accept it as well.

        Take off the tinfoil hat before it affects your hairline.
        Lunatic59
      • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

        @swcook6 You have to decide to post a point or decide to have it update on a given interval... You can't really be stalked unless you choose to continuously share. When I share, I share manually.
        snoop0x7b
      • RE: Google Latitude app available in iTunes, pinpoints users on map

        @swcook6 Since when do perverts _need_ geolocation apps? As with all technology, responsible use is the question, not the technology itself. If the daughter / wife uses the app to send location information only to father/husband, it would add security, not diminish it. If however she broadcasts it all over facebook / twitter - sure, that is very risky and stupid.
        Splatus