Google Latitude now uses location history and smarter alerts

Google is announcing an update to its Latitude service, which will allow users to see not just where they are at the moment, but where they have been in the past. Google Latitude allows users to share their location with their friends, from either a computer or supported mobile devices.

According to articles by Techspot and Techradar, the new update will allow users to see how long they have spent in a particular area, and even replay their previous journeys with the use of Google Earth or Google Maps, when used with Google Location History. Those concerned about privacy will be pleased to hear it is switched off by default, and any data stored is not shared with friends. And, of course, all data can be deleted should the user wish to.

Google has also made its Location alerts smarter, requiring that users enable Location History in order to use it. By doing this, Google Latitude only alerts you when friends are nearby if they are in a location they would not normally be in. It does, however, take Latitude several days to build up a profile of the user.

As stated in their blog post, Google sees many uses of the new update. Not only does it allow people to track back where they have been, but if, for instance, the user had seen something on their journey that they couldn't remember later on, they could use Google Maps or Google Earth to check out what it was they saw on their journey. You can enable the new features by logging in here, although you do have to be an existing user to do so.

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They need to do a better job of the locating users on the application first. Google maps on my Blackberry for instance is just a waste of time. It puts me several miles away from where I actually am, even outside of the 'approximation circle' around the point. They don't actually use the GPS module of the phones, they only triangulate your position with towers. GPS would have been a much smarter move - just use what is already in the phones (GPS is mandated into phones after a certain year). Hopefully, they can do that in the future, along with cleaning up the traffic report. It lags WAY behind. The Latitude function I have only used once, and it was just like the pinpoint of finding me - not anywhere close, lol.

On my Nokia E71 it generally places me right, usually even in the correct building.

Edit: I am in London though so i assume it would be quite accurate there.

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They need to do a better job of the locating users on the application first. Google maps on my Blackberry for instance is just a waste of time. It puts me several miles away from where I actually am, even outside of the 'approximation circle' around the point. They don't actually use the GPS module of the phones, they only triangulate your position with towers. GPS would have been a much smarter move - just use what is already in the phones (GPS is mandated into phones after a certain year). Hopefully, they can do that in the future, along with cleaning up the traffic report. It lags WAY behind. The Latitude function I have only used once, and it was just like the pinpoint of finding me - not anywhere close, lol.

I hear you on that one. My Alltel Pearl's GPS is locked unless it is being used by paid apps (like TeleNav) so BB Maps or Google Maps can't use it. I end up having to use Google Maps which places me no where near where I am.

Same here on my Blackberry... GPS works in BB Maps, Poynt, GPSed....anything that uses the GPS except for Google Maps.
I shows me "Your location within 800 meters, then 200, then 3500, then 4500, then 1000, then 1800...."
Also shows me "GPS temporarily unavailable".
Simply the worst "map" app that exists.