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  • Google Working on Latitude for iPhone 4.0?


    TechCrunch is reporting on some interesting comments by a Google exec that suggest that the company may be working on a iPhone OS 4 version of its Latitude app. Apple had blocked Latitude from the App Store, claiming "confusion" between Google's location-sharing service and the native Maps app. Availability of location data across all apps is one of the powerful features of the new OS, but Latitude only exists on the iPhone as a web app. Google said it is “evaluating the best way" to bring Latitude to iPhone OS 4, which indicates that Google at least thinks it has the option of doing it as a full-fledged app.

    Google's service, which enables you to share your location with other friends in real time, has been available on the iPhone as an HTML5 web app. However, location updates are only available when it's active, which sharply limits the service's functionality for users that haven't jailbroken and installed Longitude. Google said publically at the time that Apple had asked them to not submit an app to support the service last year, claiming that "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. This was generally received with disbelief by observers who noted the proliferation of navigation apps on the iPhone.

    However, Google appears ready to make another run at it. “From the start, we’ve made Latitude available across platforms,” Google senior product manager Steve Lee wrote in an email to TechCrunch. “Supporting iPhone with a great Latitude user experience is extremely important to us, and we’re evaluating the best way to deliver that on iPhone OS 4.0 now, so we don’t have anything to announce just yet.”

    It's unclear why Google thinks its chances might be any better in 2010, with Apple and Google in more or less open war; in 2009 the companies were still friends... or at least frenemies. With Apple supposedly working on rolling out a whole suite of location services, it might be rough going.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Working on Latitude for iPhone 4.0? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I'm guessing it will be in the new android OS
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Umm it has been in the Android OS for a while.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      I hope this happens. Although the Cydia store Longitude app works just fine in conjunction with Google Latitude web app. I was able to find my brother who was stranded due to car trouble in a snap. Not to mention it works better at finding iPhones than MobileMe in my opinion.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I wish Apple would just get over the "confusion in the AppStore" BS. The only thing that confuses anyone about the AppStore is how so many metric tons of CRAP get through while the good stuff is labeled "confusing" and "already available natively".
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Good. It's about time we get Latitude into the general public, and what better way than putting it in the iPhone?
    1. CMOSlabs's Avatar
      CMOSlabs -
      I've had the Longitude app for a while now. I recomend it to all my customers. Best way to track your lost/stolen iTouch/iPhone device. Wish Apple would get over there personal problems.
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I wish Apple would just get over the "confusion in the AppStore" BS. The only thing that confuses anyone about the AppStore is how so many metric tons of CRAP get through while the good stuff is labeled "confusing" and "already available natively".
      Apple Employee: Mr. Jobs, we have some apps we'd like your approval on.
      Jobs: OK, throw them at me.
      AE: Google has an app to allow users to find eachother easily using their location services.
      Jobs: They already have a built-in app that uses the same app, this is unneeded, next!
      AE: We also have another fart button app, this one allows a countdown setting to go off ten seconds after you press the button.
      Jobs: Get that in my appstore. Now.
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      Suprised dat googles doin this
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      I'll be surprised if this happens. I do however wish the two companies to have make-up sex, and start rolling out brilliant apps that involve both parties!!!
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      @ownerofspam you just made my day!!
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Sweet. Another stalker app for creepos. How about you bring Google Navigation, or Google Goggles to the app store... this has been done before.
    1. FireMedic92's Avatar
      FireMedic92 -
      @ownerofspam Dude, that's some funny ****. I rolled off the couch laughing (seriously!) In memory: "Whachu talkin' 'bout, Jobs?"
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      Sometimes I just want to slap Steve Jobs right in the turtle neck.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      cool cant wait
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      could be an interesting add