updated 05:50 pm EDT, Thu October 28, 2010
Google Latitude gets real-time tracking beta
(Updated with Google's Latitude privacy policies) Google today rolled out a new version of Latitude in Google Maps that has introduced an experimental real-time tracker feature. The option lets users choose to "temporarily" get live updates from individual friends. Seeing others only needs Android 1.6, but those tracked need to have Android 2.2 or later to broadcast their positions.
Latitude, which shows friends' positions and updates on the map, shouldn't necessarily create additional privacy concerns through the update. When contacted by Electronista, Google noted that every user has to grant permission to be tracked in each instance and can turn tracking off altogether if they prefer.
All users now see revamped Place pages that show reviews more like the new desktop layouts, including those outside of Google. Similarly, readers can now filter out results based on which stores are still open, confine them to a particular neighborhood or look at related searches around the web.
Google hasn't said if or when any of the new features will work into the iPhone app. iOS 4 would allow Latitude to run on the iPhone, but privacy concerns may prevent real-time tracking. Latitude hasn't made it to Google Mobile App on iOS so far and will usually run only in a web app that stops when the browser is closed.