Google’s habit of killing apps continues and it has recently announced that Google Latitude will be shutting down on the 9th of August. The announcement was made on the release of Google Maps version 7 for Android. Some weeks ago, Google also knocked off its Google Reader service and now its Google Latitude’s turn to meet the same fate. Google feels that the archaic service of Latitude has run its course and it’s time to shut it up and focus more on extending Check-in and Location services in Google+.
For those users who may wish to find their friends after Google Latitude gets shut down, Google said in an official note (support.google.com/gmm/answer/3001634?p=maps_android_latitude&rd=1):
“We understand some of you still want to see your friends and family on a map, which is why we’ve added location sharing and check-ins to Google+ for Android.”
The closure of Latitude will affect Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle gadget and the Latitude website itself i.e. www.maps.google.com/latitude. After 9th August, users would no longer be able to share their location and the friend list on Latitude will disappear.
Also, the applications using Latitude API would no longer be able to access the user’s location data but they would be allowed to continue storing the data they already have received. Privacy and email reminders would also get disabled along with check-ins from Google Maps for mobiles.
The decision of shutting down Latitude neither surprise anyone in the tech community nor the users as Google pushed aside this service years ago just to focus more on Google+. Google has already added location sharing to Google+ for Android app and will be releasing it soon on iOS so that the users may never feel the absence of Latitude on their devices. This feature will also help Google+ vision of keeping the pace of its feature with the social networking giant, Facebook.
The Google Maps v7 app for Android and iOS released alongside the announcement of Google Latitude’s retirement introduced advanced navigation information such as detailed traffic reports as well as another feature that explores places you may like to eat, drink or shop. The app also allows accessing maps without an internet connection by entering ‘OK Maps’ in the search box while looking at some area you want to save for later.