Google to Retire Latitude
Google today announced that it will close its Latitude location-sharing service on August 9. Latitude allows mobile device owners to check-in to venues and share their location with others who use the service. Google is retiring every facet of the service, including Google Latitude in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget, and the Latitude website. Google has already removed Latitude from the latest version of Google Maps for Android and it will be removed from the other mobile apps in the coming days. Google plans to delete users' friend lists, and users will no longer be able to see, access, or manage their Latitude account or friends. Google says that check-ins won't go away entirely, however, as they are supported in Google+.
Google Maps Improves Location-Sharing Tools
Google today made it possible for Maps users to share their exact location with friends and family. In Maps, users need only tap the blue dot (signifying their location) and select those with whom they'd like to share.
Google Adds Multi-Stop Directions to Maps
Google gave Google Maps users the ability to plan multi-stop trips. The latest version of Google Maps allows people to add multiple destinations to a single excursion.
Google Adds Shareable Lists to Maps
Google today made it easier to keep track of and share favorite spots thanks to a new list tool in Google Maps. Maps users can take advantage of pre-set list categories, such as Want to Go or Favorites, as well as create their own.
Google Lets Maps Users Book, Pay for Uber without Leaving Maps
Google today made it easier to hail rides from more car services within Google Maps. The new ride services mode now shows a map with a carousel of car providers that are nearby.