Google Latitude Released for the iPhone

Posted July 23, 2009 at 7:28pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9764 views

Google has released Google Latitude for iPhone and iPod touch as a web application running in Safari.

Google Latitude lets you see the location of your friends on a map and share your location with others. It also features location search and directions.

You can access Google Latitude by navigating to in your iPhone's browser. You must be on the 3.0 firmware and in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

We worked closely with Apple to bring Latitude to the iPhone in a way Apple thought would be best for iPhone users. 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.

Google, like Apple, continues to push for improvements in web browser functionality. Now that iPhone 3.0 allows Safari to access location, building the Latitude web app was a natural next step. In the future, we will continue to work closely with Apple to deliver useful applications -- some of which will be native apps on the iPhone, such as Earth and YouTube, and some of which will be web apps, like Gmail and Latitude.

Unfortunately, since there is no mechanism for applications to run in the background on iPhone (which applies to browser-based web apps as well), we're not able to provide continuous background location updates in the same way that we can for Latitude users on Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Window Mobile. Nevertheless, your location is updated every time you fire up the app and then continuously updated while the app is running in the foreground. And, of course, you can check in on where your friends are, so we think there's plenty of fun to be had with Latitude. Learn more about updating and sharing your location from your iPhone.

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Mikael Andersson - July 25, 2009 at 4:12am
cant somebody add my to ur Latitude friend list i wantio test is my gmail adress is // Sorry Abut my Eng I´m Dyslectic //
Dj Spy from AsyLuMRaDiO - July 23, 2009 at 8:52pm
It works in the Netherlands as well ...on the T-mobile system .. tried it on my 3GS .. works FINE !!!!
flauran - July 24, 2009 at 3:50am
Works in Ireland as well.
Alex - July 24, 2009 at 11:09am
And in Sweden to! :)
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