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Topic # 124537 11-Jul-2013 09:22 Send private message

Google is still trying to get people onto Google+. This time they're retiring Google Latitude and removing the service from Google Maps. This is the email received:


Earlier today, we announced that Google Latitude is no longer part of the Google Maps app, and we're retiring Latitude on August 9, 2013.

This means that after August 9, your Latitude friends list will be deleted and you'll lose the ability to share your location with them. There will also be some changes to Location Reporting and Location History, including changes to third-party applications that use Google Latitude. Please see our FAQs for more information.

We understand some of you still want to see your friends and family on a map, which is why we've added location sharing to Google+ for Android (coming soon to iOS).

Thank you for using Google Latitude.






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  Reply # 853706 11-Jul-2013 09:25 Send private message

Bugger - my home automation system uses Latitude for presence detection. Is the API going to be binned as well? Do you have a link to further details?




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  Reply # 853708 11-Jul-2013 09:29 Send private message

freitasm: Google is still trying to get people onto Google+. This time they're retiring Google Latitude and removing the service from Google Maps. This is the email received:


Earlier today, we announced that Google Latitude is no longer part of the Google Maps app, and we're retiring Latitude on August 9, 2013.

This means that after August 9, your Latitude friends list will be deleted and you'll lose the ability to share your location with them. There will also be some changes to Location Reporting and Location History, including changes to third-party applications that use Google Latitude. Please see our FAQs for more information.

We understand some of you still want to see your friends and family on a map, which is why we've added location sharing to Google+ for Android (coming soon to iOS).

Thank you for using Google Latitude.




Damn, I use that all the time especially when friends and family are travelling.  Bloody Google but I will not be forced into using Google+. It simply doesn't appeal to me




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  Reply # 853709 11-Jul-2013 09:34 One person supports this post Send private message

that is what I liked most and missed on Windows Phone 8.   So I kept old phone for it until I was again able to download google maps on Windows Phone 8.  So with that gone there will be even less reason to go back to Android.




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  Reply # 853726 11-Jul-2013 09:58 Send private message

I guess now is the time for Latitude users to check out Glympse http://www.glympse.com/




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  Reply # 853735 11-Jul-2013 10:16 One person supports this post Send private message

Bummer. Our family use it to see where we all are.. Very handy if your traveling..




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  Reply # 853736 11-Jul-2013 10:23 Send private message

I wonder if the Waze stuff will be a replacement for Latitude  as they have bought that now. I find Waze better than latitude for travelling as it provides an ETA and a live map independent of platform.




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  Reply # 853774 11-Jul-2013 11:39 One person supports this post Send private message

I'd be pushing people to echoecho - similar concept to latitude, but a user "pings" another, and the recipient gets the choice to respond or not. Personally I thought a better model. Cross platform too.

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  Reply # 853828 11-Jul-2013 12:59 Send private message

Echoecho works pretty well, but don't really use that or Latitude much at all... I just use Foursquare to check-in, and checking out my friends loco.




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  Reply # 853850 11-Jul-2013 13:37 Send private message

I've been using Latitude more and more recently. I've only just updated my website (adamjobbins.com) to take my latitude location and show which state and country I am currently in.

I also have another site that isn't publically available that will give a precise location, which I give to certain people if I am travelling etc.

Will be a shame to see this go. Will have to look at some of the other products and see if I can find something with an API to let me replicate my current use.




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  Reply # 853854 11-Jul-2013 13:43 Send private message

Similarly, my parents-in-law are going around in their travels and I am their only Google Latitude friend. It's very good because they couldn't ever be taking time around to "check-in" or remember to send an EchoEcho request to let us know where they are.

Latitude is automatic, nothing else. Easy to use. Simple.

Just Google trying to push more people to Google+. Again.




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  Reply # 853858 11-Jul-2013 13:46 Send private message

freitasm: Similarly, my parents-in-law are going around in their travels and I am their only Google Latitude friend. It's very good because they couldn't ever be taking time around to "check-in" or remember to send an EchoEcho request to let us know where they are.

Latitude is automatic, nothing else. Easy to use. Simple.

Just Google trying to push more people to Google+. Again.

EchoEcho other way around, you'd request where are they.

So unless there's another similar service, only find my friends on IOS does what latitude did?




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  Reply # 853860 11-Jul-2013 13:47 Send private message

freitasm: Just Google trying to push more people to Google+. Again.


Not really a surprise there... I really don't want to get Google-Plused.




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  Reply # 853867 11-Jul-2013 13:54 Send private message

davidcole: EchoEcho other way around, you'd request where are they.


Does the user have to accept your request? Or is it an authenticate-once type of thing - and then that person can request your location at anytime?

That might work for my presence location stuff...assuming there is an API...




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  Reply # 853870 11-Jul-2013 13:56 Send private message

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davidcole: EchoEcho other way around, you'd request where are they.


Does the user have to accept your request? Or is it an authenticate-once type of thing - and then that person can request your location at anytime?

That might work for my presence location stuff...assuming there is an API...


I think it's a accept the ping.  Which send back your location, so if you were the chap with with the API, If may not work unless you can say auto answer every ping.




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