Google Latitude Broadcasts Your Location

by admin February 4, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Looking for an easy way to stalk your friends? Google has the answer with its new Latitude service for mobile devices. Google Latitude broadcasts your location from your mobile phone, letting your friends know where you are and allowing you to keep tabs on them.

Latitude shares your current location with your friends by using Google Maps’ My Location feature. Like the iPhone’s built-in geo tools, My Location uses the signals from nearby cellphone towers to plot your whereabouts (but, read on, this isn’t iPhone ready yet).

Interestingly, Google is launching its own homegrown location-broadcasting service just weeks after killing off Dodgeball, a very similar location service Google let languish in private beta mode until it shut it down completely.

To give Latitude a try, just download the latest version of Google Maps for mobile with Latitude (available for Android, Blackberry, Symbian S60, and Windows Mobile). There’s also an iGoogle gadget for use on your laptop or PC.

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