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Google is killing Latitude!

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http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-new-google-maps-app-for-smartphones.html
One important change you should know about is that Latitude and check-ins will be retired. These features will no longer be a part of the new Google Maps app, and will stop functioning in older versions by August 9. 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 (coming soon to iOS). More details about Latitude and check-in changes can be found in our help center.
Luckily, it seems that they are moving the basic functionality into G+. Perhaps one day, all google services will be part of G+?

Also: Latitude hasn't worked for me for a couple years now. Maybe this will restore functionality.

Comments

  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Watch Slut, Mumble Hivemind Drone Austin, TX Icrontian
    What is latitude?
  • NiGHTSNiGHTS San Diego Icrontian
    Never really found a clever use for it other than to estimate how long it might take my guest to arrive.
  • maliamalia Sconnie Nation Icrontian
    We used it very rarely so I could see where @cannonfodder was deer hunting, cuz "we're in a cornfield by some trees" is not super descriptive in Iowa. But I can't imagine that's a really generalizable function.
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit, MI Icrontian
    Marco Arment on Twitter:

    "Which will Google kill first?
    - FeedBurner
    - CalDAV
    - Gmail IMAP
    Tricky to say. Regardless, I bet they’ll all be gone in three years."
  • KwitkoKwitko Sheriff of Banning (Retired) By the thing near the stuff Icrontian
    Lincoln said:


    "Which will Google kill first?

    Waze.

  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    I'm not really sure why this stuff still surprises people. In the many years of Latitude, it's been useful to me once. The fact that @Thrax asked 'what is latitude' is a stark indication of how useful it is for everyone else.
    Chooch
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit, MI Icrontian
    UPSLynx said:

    I'm not really sure why this stuff still surprises people. In the many years of Latitude, it's been useful to me once. The fact that @Thrax asked 'what is latitude' is a stark indication of how useful it is for everyone else.

    It surprises me a little you think "usefulness" is Google's criteria for killing things off.

  • Straight_ManStraight_Man Geeky, in my own way Punta Gorda, FL Icrontian
    Um, most very popularly used things have evolved under Google. Goggle is about volume.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    edited Jul 2013
    Lincoln said:


    It surprises me a little you think "usefulness" is Google's criteria for killing things off.


    In the case of Latitude? Absolutely.

    I mean, why would they bother putting money into maintaining a service that no one uses, or hell, hardly even know exists? They can put that work into something better, integrate the technology elsewhere and improve their other services.

    Google Wave was killed off and many people could have called that service useful, but now that technology has been implemented into plus and Google hangouts and it rules. The Wave technology works significantly better implemented into a social platform like plus. And now, the latitude technology can work better in maps - something people actually use.

    Dat useful.
  • LincLinc Bard Detroit, MI Icrontian
    UPSLynx said:

    why would they bother putting money into maintaining a service that no one uses, or hell, hardly even know exists?

    You're implying they had anyone working on it, or that it consumed more than a rounding-error's worth of financial resources. I doubt both. Hell, I think even Reader was unstaffed and the cost of running it played little-to-no factor in axing it.
  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian
    Even if that were true, why bother dealing with recursive services when you can implement the technology into another, better product? If anything, you can make an argument for simplification of user experience in that case.
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