Find Your Friends with Google Latitude
Today Google announced a new feature of Google Maps for Mobile, a friend-finding service called Google Latitude. Latitude allows users to share their location with friends as well as see their friends' locations, too. Friends and/or Google contacts have to be invited to participate, and can opt in if they wish. Google's Talk product is built into Latitude, so friends can update status messages and profile photos wherever they are. Latitude also lets users send SMS, IM, or email messages to one another from within the application. Users will need to download the latest version of Google Maps for Mobile to use Latitude. To start, it will work with Android, Blackberry, Symbian S60, and Windows Mobile phones. Google hopes to support the iPhone soon.
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.
Timeline Lets Android Users Explore Their Past Travels
Google is rolling out a new feature to Android and desktop users of Google Maps that allows people to see all the places they've visited. The feature, called Timeline, makes it possible to revisit locations within Maps to recall where you've been.
Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
bye bye buddy beacon!