Google Latitude gets a WOW … It’s not perfect but I see good things coming.

April 17, 2009 at 2:54 PM 2 comments

Have you ever misplaced your cell phone and wondered where it is? Have you ever wondered where your kids are? Have you been in a very large crowd and wondered if any of your friends are there? Or, how about finding someone in a large crowd? Well, now you’re in luck. Google has launched a new service called Google Latitude that might be able to help you answer these questions.

Google Latitude lets you see where your friends are, and lets them see where you are, at any given point in time, if you have downloaded and linked the application with each other. You can choose who can see you and who can’t.

Right now if you have a mobile device that works with Google Maps for Mobile v3.0 or higher, it will probably work for you. This includes Android-powered devices with Maps v3.0 and above; most color Blackberry devices; most Windows Mobile 5.0 and higher devices; and most Symbian S60 devices.

In the near future, Google says you’ll also be able to use Latitude on the iPhone and iPod Touch with the Google Mobile App, and on many Sony Ericsson devices. Additionally, you can use Latitude today on a Linux, Mac or Windows PC by using the Latitude iGoogle gadget (you’ll need a Google Account) and iGoogle, Google’s personalized Web portal.

I tried the application myself in here in Kamloops. My phone doesn’t have a GPS built in so Latitude had to locate me by triangulating my location using cell phone towers (at least I assume that’s how it works). It didn’t work accurately for me at this time in Kamloops, BC. I was at my house by the airport and it placed me close to the Bank of Nova Scotia on the North Shore. So, it’s not perfect but I suspect that the iPhone version (soon to be released) will work much better.  The built in GPS has on both my wife’s and my daughter’s iPhones has accurate positioning on Google Maps already so I can only assume Latitude will work well with these devices.

I’d love to hear how this service has worked for others. Please feel free to post your comments.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Krishna  |  April 17, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Hi Pete,

    Interesting post..too bad it doesn’t work in Kamloops. Check the News about how police tracked down purse snatchers in San Fransisco!
    http://cbs5.com/video/?id=48886@kpix.dayport.com

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    • 2. cameroninglis  |  April 18, 2009 at 2:45 PM

      Krishna, thank you for the comment and the video link about Google Latitude helping to recover the purse and cell phone. That was good news. As much as there are concerns about employers invading their employees privacy and parents invading the privacy of their children I still think that Latitude is a great service idea that has great value!

      Reply

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