Google moves Latitude to iPhone

By Shaun Nichols on Jul 27, 2009 8:43 AM
Filed under Software

Location service lands on Apple handset.

Google has ported its Latitude mobile locating software to the Apple iPhone handset.

First launched in February of this year, Latitude allows users to find friends and family by tracking their movement via Google maps and the handset's location hardware.

While Latitude is mainly seen as a consumer or end user technology, some have suggested that the service could eventually be of use to businesses which require workers to operate in large or dangerous areas where locating and tracking abilities are vital.

Rather than being offered as a stand-alone application, Google said that the iPhone and iPod Touch version of Latitude would run through the handset's Safari web browser.

Google product manager Mat Balez noted that because Latitude must run within the browser, developers were unable to include the continuous location updates provided in the Blackberry and Symbian versions of the software.

"We worked closely with Apple to bring Latitude to the iPhone in a way Apple thought would be best for iPhone users," Balez wrote in a blog posting.

"After we developed a Latitude application for the iPhone, Apple requested we release Latitude as a web application in order to avoid confusion with Maps on the iPhone, which uses Google to serve maps tiles."

 
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