Google Latitude is now more useful with new features
Google has launched a couple of demo apps for their Latitude service.
These demos are designed to showcase the capabilities of the Latitude service that usually runs in the background on mobile devices with GPS capabilities.
As of now there are four apps available:
Google Location History,
Google Location Alerts,
Google Public Location Badge,
Google Talk Location Status
Google Latitude Location History is the interesting one out of the group.
It saves your location updates and makes the data available to you.
You can see for yourself where you have been in the last couple of days at any given time.
Google even superimposes the locations on a maps and you can click on a play button to see your movements.
The only thing that bothers me as a user is that Google Latitude service on my Nexus One is actually uploading my location updates pretty much EVERY MINUTE of the day!
This is pretty much a waste of resources (battery life, bandwidth etc etc). Maybe, Google can optimize the service to only update the status if it notices a change in location.
My history is actually full of data of me staying at a single location for an absurdly long time making it hard for me to get access to variable data!