Google Latitude Gets iOS Support

Google Latitude is now available on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPad 3G. After waiting for months, iOS users are now able to download and enjoy an app that Google has made available already on Android, Symbian and BlackBerry. Latitude is an app that constantly pays attention to where you are, and then puts your location on a map for those approved to view. It's a good way to keep track of your friends on a map, and now that iOS supports background application processing, it's possible to use Latitude while using another app in the foreground.

The Latitude app is now available in the App Store, and users have to opt-in and approve people to view their location. You can then find people and contact them via phone, text or email. It's available now in over 15 languages and 45 countries, so what are you waiting for? Get to mapping!

Introducing the Google Latitude app for iPhone

Monday, December 13, 2010 | 7:00 AM

“Where are you?”

Starting today, you’ll never again have to answer (or ask) that question when you’re on the go with your iPhone. With the new Google Latitude app for iPhone, you can see where your friends are and now, continuously share where you are – even in the background once you’ve closed the app.

Since launching last year, Latitude’s focus has always been on one goal: make it simple to stay in touch with friends and family by sharing where you are with each other. Simple setup. Simple sharing without fumbling for your phone. Now, you can use Latitude on your iPhone just like the more than 9 million people actively using it from Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows Mobile smartphones. Use the app to:

    * See where your friends are
    * Share your location continuously with whomever you choose
    * Contact friends by phone, text message, or email
    * Control your location and privacy

You still get simple control over your privacy. Remember, Latitude is 100% opt-in. You must install the app and add friends (or accept requests) to start sharing your location. You can turn off background updating if you’d like and control the same privacy settings: share only city-level location, hide your location, or sign out of Latitude at any time. Learn more in the privacy tips video.

Though we released Latitude as a web application before the iPhone supported third party background applications, today’s Latitude app was built from the ground up using iOS 4’s new multitasking capability to support background updating. You’ll need iOS 4 and above on an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 to use the app.