04 February 2008
Google Maps 3.0.0 - Now with Latitude
Locate Friends In Real Time With Google Latitude!
Way back in November 2007, the Google Maps dev team, location-enabled all of Google Maps for mobile clients to bring location awareness to the masses and improve the local search experience.
Using My Location, millions of you have been able to easily find yourselves on a map at the touch of a button. But what about finding other people? Lots of you have been requesting to see where your friends are on a map, too. Well now you can with Google Latitude.
Latitude is a new feature of Google Maps for mobile, as well as an iGoogle gadget, that allows you to share your location with your friends and to see their approximate locations, if they choose to share them with you.
You can use your Google account to sign in and easily invite friends to Latitude from your existing list of contacts or by entering their email addresses.
Google Talk is integrated with Latitude, so you and your friends can update your status messages and profile photos on the go and see what everyone is up to.
You can also call, SMS, IM, or email each other within the app. Check out the video below to see Latitude in action.
Google Maps 3.0.0 - with Latitude
There are two primary ways to use Latitude right now:
On your mobile phone: visit google.com/latitude from your phone's mobile browser to download Google Maps for mobile with Latitude. It currently support most of the popular smartphone platforms: Android, Blackberry, Symbian S60, and Windows Mobile.
On your computer: go to http://google.com/latitude from your browser and add the Latitude gadget to your iGoogle homepage. What's neat is that if you've installed Google Gears or if you're using Google Chrome, you can choose to automatically share your location from your laptop or desktop computer -- no smartphone required!
Latitude gives you control over how much or little location information you want to share, and with whom. And of course Latitude is 100% opt-in.