|Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||appel||7/10/13 2:39 AM|
Now that Latitude has been removed from the Maps app, how about adding a Google+ Places layer to the Maps app? It was very useful to see who is nearby or at some restaurant or other when using Maps and to be able to route/navigate to that location.
The Places feature in Google+ is lacks the most basic mapping functionality, for example, there's no way to route or navigate to a friend's location or see my location history if I'm for example trying to remember what places I visited two years back.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Abby - Google Community Manager||7/10/13 1:48 PM|
Thanks for your feedback. I'll pass your suggestions along to the team. You may also want to visit the Google+ Discuss Forum and share your ideas with the community there.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||TMITW||7/10/13 7:01 PM|
Maybe you can suggest some good alternative apps to use now that latitude is gone.
I'll miss you latitude :(
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||treebles||7/10/13 7:44 PM|
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||TMITW||7/11/13 6:26 AM|
Thanks treebles! Looks like Life360 might be what I am looking for.
I'll give it a try.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Nate Hartmann||7/11/13 7:32 AM|
Thanks for the links. They both look like interesting replacement candidates.
The deal-breaker for me with Glympse is that you must set a countdown for each person you share with, which can be (at most) four hours. If my wife and I have to remember to turn on our location sharing every 4 hours, it defeats the purpose of passively sharing our location with each other (and therefore eliminating the "where are you?" text exchange). Glympse durations of longer than four hours is a feature that has been suggested, but is not yet planned. However, this might be an ideal configuration for some folks.
Life360's most notable limitation that I've noticed is that location sharing is only enabled within a single "family", whose members all share locations with each other. In latitude, I share my location with person A, who in turn shares their location with person B, but person B and I don't know each other, etc. That said, it looks like the best alternative so far.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||alpha232||7/11/13 8:29 AM|
Additionally Glympse is an active GPS application, it pumps your GPS and drains your battery. As do most of the replacements. The key feature to Latitude was the passive location information. It didn't drain the battery, it didn't keep the phone awake, it was just "built in".
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||TMITW||7/11/13 10:12 AM|
From taking a closer look that the Google+ Location sharing, I think that will work me. I only use it with a few people and they all have android phone, I guess I just need to get used to using Google+ instead of Maps for this.
It is cool how you can set up circles to share with. There are actually a few people that are in my circles already sharing their location with me.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Chunky Monkey 2000||7/13/13 4:54 AM|
. I'm searching for a latitude replacement and I think I've found it. Apple has find friends app that works great I hear. Now that latitude has left us I guess I'll be switching from android to iPhone since I need to keep tabs on my teens when they are out. I hate that google cut an extremely important feature out.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||ehg||7/13/13 7:01 AM|
have you missed reading treebles answer above in this thread (two days ago)?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||alpha232||7/13/13 9:50 AM|
EHG: Regretfully I feel the same way and yes I did look at them. They are all active GPS apps. None tie in to the native location reporting built in on Android.
I'm not sure if you noticed that the phone reports in directly to google. No adverse battery or cpu usage. It's just "built in".
No other app has access to this level as it only reports back to google. Give us location API user rights and then I'm sure someone will write a replacement that is just as good, if not better.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Patrizia Elisabeth Schwartz||7/14/13 8:39 AM|
I found the built-in tracking without GPS usage & battery drainage by latitude great because you didn't need to check-in to be found. How am I going to convince my teenager & tween to check-in on Google+ regularly so I track them in case of emergency? I'll check out some of the other apps but am still utterly disappointed.
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|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Glasbak||7/14/13 2:10 PM|
The only good solution is to put latitude back in maps again.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||7/15/13 3:29 AM|
try us out guys.. no need to create any friends list, just turn on live sharing and you're done. http://swarmly.co
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Glasbak||7/15/13 4:05 AM|
Does it have background-location-reporting without the need of checking in somewhere?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||7/15/13 4:14 AM|
yeah we only try to associate location with a venue if youve been there a while.
we'll eventually disable this until there are multiple people at a place. were are still testing this a little at the moment.
you can always tell it never to check you in or disable pollination.
all feedback welcome. its still early.. :)
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Glasbak||7/15/13 4:30 AM|
Well, Latitude was perfect for me and my friends. We are a group of truckdrivers so most of the time we're on the road. Latiude was able to track our location, no matter if we were driving or stopped somewhere.
If your app only reports our location when where are at the same place for a while (lets say 5 minutes) then the app is quite useless for us.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||7/15/13 4:40 AM|
the android version will report your location on the road too. try it out. it only tries to figure out venue if you are stationary. shows individual locations on the map when you are on the move.
it does everything latitude did and more.
update for live sharing on iOS coming at the end of the month.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||alpha232||7/15/13 6:25 AM|
I am willing to take a look.
But as others said, I would welcome latitude back in a heartbeat.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||febb||7/15/13 10:16 AM|
I am also EXTREMELY dissappointed with Google's decision to downgrade the functionality of Latitude. I don't care if it was moved to G+, but the reduced functionality is a definite negative. I used latitude with my family members to track each other, and specially to track the family oldest ones (who may require help at any time) and kids whereabouts. The passive nature of Latitude was great. no apps to install and no things to do (ie check-ins). It seems there is no app that currently fulfills this functionality. There are some thing currently barely done in the new Locations within G+ and 3rd party apps provide some functionality as well, but NONE, the full functionality the way Latitude was.
Timestamping the latest info is important (as it was on latitude ...ie: 5 minutes ago), this was great to track the other person...if s/he moved...you can literally see him/her moving on the map... When knowing the other's position becomes critical for whatever reason, (medical, etc, etc. etc.) Latitude was phenomenal, no other app give me that as of today.
Google: Please, re-install Latitude on the new (great) Google Maps.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||BlueLghtning||7/15/13 11:20 AM|
I'm definitely another one that is very disappointed to see Latitude going away. It was one of the features I loved best about owning an Android smart phone and that I could easily bring it up on the computer too. I'm a motorcycle rider and lots of us openly shared our location on Latitude. The Google+ sharing just doesn't even come close to how latitude worked and how convenient it was because it was able to run in the background without draining a lot of battery. I really wish Google would re-consider not killing latitude.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Paul Yoes||7/15/13 11:37 AM|
Same here... been using Latitude for years and find it insanely useful. Trying to force everyone to Google+ just to get more subs on Google+ (as if we're not already barraged with Google+ enough) is just a mistake-- plain and simple. I've thought highly of Google for many many years, but this + recent experience with moving to Google Apps at work has caused my opinion of Google to decline sharply.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||David R. Campbell||7/15/13 1:26 PM|
Another one here for voicing the opinion that sunsetting Latitude is a mistake. My wife and I work 75 miles apart, with Home in the middle. It's sometimes valuable to know our loved one's location without a check in. If she's in a ditch somewhere with a head injury, she can't check in.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||erkme73||7/15/13 7:29 PM|
Another user who is sorely disappointed in the decision to sunset latitude. Also, how does one log into Google + and go to "Locations" on a desktop/web browser? Is it not possible to have a map with contacts on it on a PC as it was with latitude??
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Mark Newland||7/15/13 11:03 PM|
I'm also upset about the demise of latitude. it was the sole reason I bought my family android phones. being able to find a family member in an emergency is priceless. google+ alternative is totally rubish.
google even if you have it as a seperate app. you should keep latitude on maps!
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||alpha232||7/16/13 7:01 AM|
I'm sorry to say, Swarmly is not really a replacement for Latitude. It appears to have the potential of being a location based facebook but falls short/overly complicated for what Latitude was.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||7/16/13 7:20 AM|
hey alpha.. thanks for checking swarmly out.
we're still early in development, things like friends lists etc are coming soon, by feel free to leave feedback.
if there are specific things you can't do that you want to be able to do, let us know and we can use it to shape future developments.
live sharing is still in the best phase, but you should be able to replicate latitude functionality very easily by enabling live sharing (with your FB poc enabled) and turn off pollination from the 'me' tab. that'll stop it trying to discover what venue you are stationary at.
in this case you will be visible all the time, as per latitude.
try it out, invite your friends, and please forward your feedback on to us at hello(at)swarmly(dot)co
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kelemvor||7/16/13 1:25 PM|
Does Google Places (or whatever it is) work the same as latitude where it tracks where you are in the background or is it just another "Check In" type app like the dozens already out there? I need something so I can just pop up the screen and see where my wife is without her having to do anything, just like Latitude did. If she has to Check In to somewhere, that's completely not what we want.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||treebles||7/16/13 1:32 PM|
Google Places is a service provided by Google to business owners to list their business in the Local database.
It has nothing to do with Latitude or similar products.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kelemvor||7/16/13 1:38 PM|
So I see Google Locations as part of Google Plus. However I don't see Google Locations on the web version of Google Plus. So does that share my location but I can't view other's locations except from my phone?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||treebles||7/16/13 1:46 PM|
You may want to ask in the Google+ Discuss help forum
I don't know if there is much expertise about Google+ in this Maps forum, I know I have next to none.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Glasbak||7/16/13 2:12 PM|
Let's see if we can do something to convince Google to put Latitude back into Maps.. https://www.facebook.com/KeepGoogleLatitudeAlive
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||treebles||7/16/13 2:23 PM|
You never know, but I am skeptical that this type of initiative would result in Google decision makers changing their minds.
The objective seems to be to move as many services as possible to Google+, regardless of feature parity.
This is the post from one of the engineers responsible for Latitude.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Gregg Cohen||7/16/13 8:05 PM|
Believe it or not, we don't use facebook, so depending upon that mode of identification or authorization isn't going to be useful to a lot of people. If that is a prerequisite, then that's a poor choice.
If I am wrong about this, please forgive me, I'm reading down the stream before I go out and check your app...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Gregg Cohen||7/16/13 8:16 PM|
Sorry Swarmly, that *was* a waste of time. My family doesn't all do facebook, and, well, we just want to keep track of ourselves...
Looks interesting, if you are interested in the local nightlife...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||7/17/13 1:07 AM|
sorry yeah we don't have alternative sign in options yet... they're coming.
if you just want to see family then there are loads of alternatives designed specifically for families.. we're attempting to build something public and much bigger than just find my friends, but the functionality happens to exist within swarmly as a subset.
thanks for checking it out anyway. :)
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||pedro||7/17/13 2:07 AM|
Totally agree. I used Latitude to track my kid's location, I actually got Android based phones for the family precisely because of this feature, and now it's gone.
This is a very stupid decision from Google, and the result is that people like me will be looking for alternatives outside Google.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||vannispen||7/17/13 6:22 AM|
It seems to require a Facebook account. That's not very nice.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||vannispen||7/17/13 6:25 AM|
Same here. Google and Android fan, but this thou-shall-use-plus policy has soured my admiration and I even find myself getting distrustful of them.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kelemvor||7/17/13 6:31 AM|
I actually setup the Google Plus Locations thing yesterday and it works pretty well. It's almost identical to Latitude in every way. You just have to have a Google Plus account. You don't have to actually use G+ for anything, you just have to turn on location sharing and select the people you want to share with. As long as it's not a huge battery drain, I think it will actually work great.
Latitude always pissed me off because it wouldn't update very often and things would be an hour old and the person I was looking for was no where near where it said they were. Hopefully this works a bit better.
The one thing I haven't found yet is if I can turn off who I see on the map. Right now it seems that anyone who has shared with me shows up even if I don't want them to. Hopefully I can filter that out somehow.
If you haven't tried it, give it a shot.
Install Google Plus and log in
Find the person you want to share with and add them to your "Circles"
Select the menu tab from the top left
Enable the sharing
Select if you want to share with everyone or just pick the specific people.
Then just have the other people do the same thing for you.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||7/17/13 6:33 AM|
what app doesnt require a facebook account nowadays? not many. and fb has the widest coverage.
as i mentioned above, more login options coming soon. were a startup, give us a chance :)
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||BlueLghtning||7/17/13 7:06 AM|
I set up the Google+ location sharing for my wife to give it a try and its not even close to latitude. One of the main issues I see is it doesn't tell you how old their "location" is so you have no idea if that really is where they are. At least Google Latitude told you if it was 5 mins or 2hrs or what ever since their position last updated. I think the frequency update of Google latitude plays a lot into the phone its self and how often that person used their phone. Someone that doesn't use their phone very much through out there day, their location doesn't update that much.
It also appears that Google+ doesn't update your position at all if you don't go into the G+ app. My wife's location stopped showing up because she doesn't use Google+, so it didn't update her location. Latitude at least updated even if you weren't using the application since it truly worked in the background. For the time being, I reverted our phones back to the old Google map setup until Aug 9th rolls around and then we'll see what we can figure out.
I did download Life 360 for my wife and I and that will work for us, but that isn't an app you really setup with friends.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||BlueLghtning||7/17/13 7:10 AM|
I tried Swarmly also and I really don't think it was going to fit our needs. I'm not looking for a "social" app with local night life, etc and I'm not sure if it really would do what we want? It seemed to show up in my phone as a program that was "always running" too when I did the drop down list. Even when I turned off location sharing, it would disappear from that list, but then later, it would show up again? I might try it again later on, but I wasn't impressed my first time looking at it.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kelemvor||7/17/13 7:13 AM|
I see what you mean about not showing the time for when it was last updated. I didn't notice that was missing. Not sure if it updates even when you don't have G+ open on the phone as I just installed it yesterday.
Might go the Tasker route and setup an SMS feed so that you can text a certain code to the phone and it will reply back with the coordinates or something like that. *sigh*
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||erkme73||7/17/13 8:03 AM|
Try seeing your friends on a map on you PC/Desktop. Unlike latitude, you can only see your friends on your phone. This is a huge step backwards.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||bikecolumbia||7/17/13 12:02 PM|
I agree Latitude was a nice feature. Google+ is not the same and requires an updated Android version to use. May jump ship and try the iphone with Find My Friends app built in. Am hoping Google will have a change of heart before August 9th.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||craftdai||7/17/13 3:15 PM|
Latitude was great. I'm not sure whether Google really thought this through. The Google+ features that should replace this are apparently only available in some regions. So Latitude was removed for everyone but only replaced for some. Not cool.
Will give Swarmly and life360 a go and see how they pan out.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||wizofaus||7/18/13 2:00 AM|
Agreed with all others here that what they've offered is no replacement at all. Trying out life360, hope it works as well.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Joseph Szarmach||7/19/13 9:21 AM|
It is clear the strategy is to steer more people to Google+ by turning off Latitude. As a parent of a young child however, I absolutely refuse to allow her use Google+ or any other social networking site. For me, by removing this feature which allows parents to track their children, Google has created a huge child safety problem.
Perhaps we parents should contact out State's Attorney Generals office about this? Not really a good idea on Google part to take away Latitude and try to steer everyone to Google+.
In addition, perhaps we parents should all email the Center for Missing Children to ask them to pressure Google to restore the feature. I just sent them an email informing them of the loss of Latitude and subsequent steering of everyone to Google+ (even MORE dangerous to kids).
HUGE mistake on Google's part.
Joseph W. Szarmach Jr.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||pedro||7/19/13 9:31 AM|
Exactly my point of view.
"Social networking" has absolutely nothing to do with "location tracking", the feature that Latitude provided.
Google missed up this basic idea, which was the reason why so many parents like me were using the feature for.
I will not be adding Google+ accounts to any family member. It's nonsense.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kelemvor||7/19/13 9:33 AM|
For anyone who hasn't already, check out the LIFE360 App. It looks very promising and does most of what latitude did plus more.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||BlueLghtning||7/19/13 9:38 AM|
For those looking for a replacement app for "location tracking" for your family, Life 360 that has been mentioned in this topic does fit that bill pretty good for family tracking, especially with kids. Even the free version does things a bit better than latitude did with e-mail & app alerts on up to 2 locations, manual location request updates, and messages sent to the whole family through one app. The paid version gives you more locations and text alerts that you can set when your child leaves a location you have designated.
However, Life 360 is definitely focused on family only and doesn't really work for sharing your location with friends without the social aspect tied into it.
What is is pretty strange with latitude is that its announcement to its end of life was very abrupt and quick. Usually Google gives months of advance notice before killing an app and this time was only a few weeks.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Patrizia Elisabeth Schwartz||7/19/13 3:15 PM|
We've resorted to Life 360 for now, after checking out a whole bunch of other apps. It seems to work quite nicely but drains the batteries & here in South Africa we're unable to subscribe to the premium features to add more traceable places. The MamaBear App has awesome features for tracking your children's locations, speeding & social media activities but unfortunately it doesn't track the adults.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Patrizia Elisabeth Schwartz||7/19/13 3:15 PM|
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||alpha232||7/19/13 3:34 PM|
You're right, any app doing this type of thing will drain the battery. The exception was Latitude.
Google Latitude takes advantage of one of the features that ONLY Google can access. Your phones ability to transparently report Cell Tower and Wifi Network data using the underlying functions in the phone.
This is all reported automatically from when you selected to report location data anonymously, and then tied to your google account when you opted in for Latitude.
Opting in has 0 overhead for the phone.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||7/19/13 4:49 PM|
The issue that I have with Life360 is the App seems to log you out of the web page all the time and the updating time is too long between updates.
Check out Zemango. This seems closer to Latitude, includes the social aspect and you can specify the update times though only at 5 minutes, 1 minute and less. I could stand to see the usual Google 3 minutes....
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Trucker78||7/20/13 4:04 AM|
I've been looking around for a replacement as well, and there seem to be lots of them, too.
The most promising app I've tried so far seems to be someone's hobby project called "Location Of".
From what I've seen it's under active development. I sent an email with a feature request; It got added within a day.
However I do feel it uses a bit too much battery power, it has kept track of all routes I've covered the past week.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||7/20/13 8:12 AM|
One key component Location Of is missing for me is iPhone support since that's what the GF rolls with.
Also, I'd want an app actually in Google Play so I don't have to check for updates and it's following all their requirements.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Im already here||7/22/13 1:31 AM|
Of course it doesn't; this move is simply an attempt by Google to shoehorn people onto there 3rd or 4th attempt at a Social Platform. Google just don't "get" social and there repeated attempts to FORCE people onto G+ show that. They've done it with YouTube features as well; gone are Life Broadcasts and hello to Hangouts...
I've relunctantly switched on the G+ location setting for mine and my families on G+, but only until such time as I find a viable alternative.
Also, given that the G+ location reporting simple DOES NOT WORK effectively in opur experience, even with the GPS turned on, I think Google have scored yet another own goal, which will force more people into Apples waiting arms...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||gomfam||7/22/13 12:40 PM|
When Google Latitude removes their API's will your app cease to work?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||7/22/13 1:35 PM|
if you're talking about swarmly... no. we don't use latitude APIs.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||casey727||7/22/13 2:46 PM|
Google latitude was very important to me and I guess I will shift to I-phone now so I can use the location finder. All the replacements here drain your battery. Maybe Senator Inhofe told Google to discontinue it. It seems to me that Google is doing a lot of harm, screwing their users, funding climate deniers, whats next?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||casey727||7/22/13 2:48 PM|
|Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Hans Revsbæk||7/22/13 4:57 PM|
Location sharing for Android 4.2 devices only available and it works fine. In Google Play there is a link to a site explaining how to get location sharing on Android 2.x devices etc. But there is absolutely no information on the site about this item. So these users can in Google+ see a list of friends sharing location, but no map to show actual location.
It is simply not good enough, Google!
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Hans Revsbæk||7/22/13 5:01 PM|
Friends must have Android 4.0.3 devices - there is no solution for older Android devices.
|Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||dwayne downing||7/22/13 5:03 PM|
Put latitude back.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||erkme73||7/22/13 5:04 PM|
So, given the sheer volume of negative reaction to Google's action, is there a centralized rallying point? If I do Google search of "backlash" or "blowback", or "resistance" to sunsetting Latitude, I get nothing.
It'd be nice to know someone at Google is weighing all these significant negative comments in their decision to move forward. Where's CNET, Wired, Engadget? Would be nice to see some pressure put on Google using the power of the press.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||7/22/13 5:14 PM|
That is something you can be assured won't happen. Google is a giant themselves and really don't care what any small community thinks. If there is no profit for them, they will pull out.
In this case, they just happen to be ruining a great feature of a Android phone. I would PAY for Google to keep this feature, so the reality of no option at all sucks.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||casey727||7/22/13 7:19 PM|
I agree, this is an app I would pay for. It is actually useful, rather then just entertaining.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||dat Hemroid||7/23/13 5:57 AM|
2 Steps back.
We bought 11 Android tablets and configured new accounts for our construction business.We have crews all over the city and surrounding states. Latitude / Gmaps was THE key feature choosing Android over iPads. Not only could I see all the crews locations, but they shared each others' locations so they quickly navigated to one another with out asking for directions. Now, i don't mind being migrated over to G+ and I understand why Google is doing this ....but it totally broke extremely important elements.
No more navigation/direction options to a friend's location.
No more time stamping.(5 mins ago)
No more satellite / Hybrid overlay.
No more double click to zoom into map. Must pinch to zoom.
User's profile box / pic takes up half the screen. I constantly have to zoom out just to see where they are on the map.
Somehow, I have a feeling our wonderful Latitude and location sharing experience was just a thing of this past.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||EquiPro||7/23/13 9:14 AM|
I just tried Swarmly. Nope. But Life 360 looks promising...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||casey727||7/23/13 12:10 PM|
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kelemvor||7/23/13 12:17 PM|
You tried to download GPS Tracker and ended up with Life 360? What does that mean? You downloaded the wrong app?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||BlueLghtning||7/23/13 1:24 PM|
I did some searching and you are right that if you download GPS Tracking Pro from the google play store, you get an icon that says GPS Tracking, but when the app comes up its really Life 360. It appears the main engine of this app is Life360, but the creator has created "sub apps" to make sure they capture users that are looking for other features like GPS Tracking, sex offenders, crime statistics, etc that Life 360 also does. So I wouldn't consider that a red flag for Life 360. They are just trying to make sure people searching the Google Play store find the various uses their app can be used for.
Those of us that downloaded Life360 just downloaded their core app. If you downloaded GPS Tracker, no issue, it still appears to still run the same Life360 app, just with a different named icon.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Scott Balderrama||7/23/13 1:25 PM|
Doesnt live sharing show everyone?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||EquiPro||7/23/13 1:28 PM|
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Scott Balderrama||7/23/13 1:31 PM|
Google sure has been making some baaaad decisions in recent times...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||casey727||7/23/13 1:49 PM|
Ok, point taken. But doesn't it seem a little strange that on the GPS Tracking Pro Web site they don't mention Life360. Even in the part for other apps by the same developer. You also haven't mentioned the permissions and access it requires. Seems excessive.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Angry MUMs||7/24/13 7:42 AM|
the whole family and extended family used latitude, came in handy when daughter had a car accident, as I was able to see who was closest to get to her straight away and to know where she was.
it also enables the kids to know where I am, and when travelling lets others know where I am and if I am in trouble. Or when to put the kettle on :)
I removed the latest maps and disabled its updates as I do not like the newer maps at all, so for a little bit longer we have latitude. Looks like life 360 is the way we are going to have to go as well.
with latitude gone my other G+ accounts were no longer needed so have closed them and the business one, as it enabled us to track the team for jobs.
Maybe facebook or someone else will pick up the slack, there is a lot of need and WANT out there for this program, ESPECIALLY with PARENTS and to see it deleted is horrible, actually makes me want to go to an iphone.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Angry MUMs||7/24/13 7:45 AM|
found that out when trying to find where my daughter was as she was too shaken to tell me, was also handy to show the police later on where the accident happened and to show where she had come from etc.
trying to navigate with the new maps and change routes is horrible, I downgraded, and have been looking for alternative map and route programs to replace it.
Location history was great, at least I could remember where I had been on a certain day.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||dtrwos||7/24/13 3:05 PM|
The original integration of latitude into google maps allowed me to see the traffic that my wife was sitting in. allowed me to have automated background checkins, and told me exactly how stale the data was.
Life360 is close, but the model of data sharing is very strnage for my needs - do my tech savy friends count as family?
I like to see the wife on the map along with all my other bookmarks, its nice to know that the parents are in the country - or at the airport already.
G+ doesnt allow layers on the map and fails to provide teh level of detail that was readily available both online and via the android maps application.
Swarmly sounded pretty good as well, but isnt quite right for me needs either.
I was slightly elated when google IO released the low power location api - but now i know why, they WANT someone else to take the burden of this data. I am happy to give it to someone else, but i really want it as a layer in my map.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Angry MUMs||7/24/13 3:17 PM|
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||7/24/13 3:36 PM|
people can lament the disappearance of latitude all they like, its not coming back.
the fact of the matter is unless a service has hundreds of millions of users, Google isn't interested.
latitude wasn't actually that popular in the grand scheme of things.. they got rid of Google reader and that generated far greater outcry than latitude.
had we known latitude was going we'd have added friends lists from the outset to swarmly but it was as much a surprise to us as it was you; and we'd love to be able to help people with this functionality as an subset feature of our bigger plans.
stay tuned. it won't be this way forever :)
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Eddilink||7/27/13 12:33 PM|
We don't need it in G+. Google is disappointing us. Now we should search out alternatives. I don't think G+ location will be helpful as stand alone latitude.
I don't know why google involved people in their product and then suddently they removing. ???
We are ready if google wants to charge it but removing the product is completely unfair.
Please don't disappoint us.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Larry Davidow||7/28/13 12:16 AM|
For those of you that used Latitude to keep track of your kids, I actually found an app that does a lot better than latitude. Check out AndroidLost. It installs a passive client on the phone that you can lock down and gives you the ability to log into their site from your phone and have it provide your child's location on a map.
It also has neat features like taking a picture with the front or rear facing camera and recording audio in case you need to listen to what those little monsters are talking about :o).
To be honest, the app was mainly designed to help you find your phone in the event it's lost or stolen. Lots of really cool features. I think every android phone should have this app. Should be part of the Android OS.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Larry Davidow||7/28/13 12:24 AM|
Here's a link to it in the play store...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||casey727||7/28/13 11:17 AM|
That is a great idea. I have "Wheres My Droid" it should do the same thing. I have a few family members that I want to be able to track where I am. (I am older and take lots of long hikes, often alone). I think the good thing here is there will be very little battery drain, as it only activates when contacted for location.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Daniel Shaw 2||7/28/13 7:38 PM|
I love the location history. In fact it helped me recover my stolen car today. It really stinks they are retiring latitude. I don't see google+ as being a decent alternative. It needs to be in maps. Why can it not just be in both?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||jimwill11||7/28/13 7:53 PM|
I think Zemango will work for me, I hope the battery use is not to bad.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||adina Rossi||7/29/13 9:34 AM|
I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY ANYONE "WOULD FIX SOMETHING THAT'S NOT BROKEN"????????????? Latitude worked perfectly fine for all of us.
So, GOOGLE team, can anyone tell me the REASON why something that worked perfectly fine is being removed????
Just extremely curious and very, very, very, very....upset with the person that made this decision.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||adina Rossi||7/29/13 9:50 AM|
AMEN TO THAT!!! absolutely!
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||7/29/13 9:57 AM|
You're looking for a more complicated answer than "money"? Reader worked WAY better and that's gone. No money, no product, it is as simple as that.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||adina Rossi||7/29/13 10:02 AM|
I agree. I think the whole reason behind this is TO MAKE PEOPLE USE Google +, since they didn't get the effect they wanted when they launched, and ppl didn't move from FB here. I think it's just to get more users.
What a shame GOOGLE would come down to a thing like this.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||7/29/13 10:13 AM|
Sure, of course it is to make them use Plus. How could they have possibly made any money from Latitude anyway?
But to "shame" Google? So your solution would be for Google to stand behind every product they ever developed, regardless of profit, purely for YOUR sake, until terminating in bankruptcy? Reality has to be engaged at some point.
This should be more of a discussion about moving on, not faulting Google for publishing applications that provided no revenue stream. Now has anyone found an app that allows updates between 3 and 5 minutes for iphone and android that also providing browser based mapping too?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||7/29/13 10:17 AM|
i think you've all missed the point.
this is neither about money (i dont think google made a penny on latitude.. it was value-add) nor "forcing" people to use g+. if it was a forcible thing, theyd have automatically transferred everyones friends lists over from latitude.. that didnt happen.
if latitude was so massively important to millions of people, why has it generated an absolute whimper of an outcry. the answer is simple.. it wasn't. and even if it was, it wasn't enough of a stand alone app to warrant not being moved to g+.
this is a question of FOCUS. why move it to g+? well.. if you havent noticed, google are moving all social parts of their services to be integrated with g+, because g+ isnt a "thing", its a strand of social that runs right through the google eco-system.
google doesnt owe you a thing. same reason they shut reader.. the world has moved on, there are lots of alternatives.
same with latitude.. it didnt make sense bundled into the maps app when so few people (compared with the 100million+ maps installs) actually used it.
this isnt a 'move' and they aren't trying to piss you off or upset anyone.. they just want to "put more wood behind fewer arrows" as the saying goes.
there is no conspiracy here. relax.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||casey727||7/29/13 12:32 PM|
You are right, Google does not owe us anything, that's why I will change to an I-phone next time, they have the app I need and Google does not. Of coarse Google never promoted latitude, so then they can blame the users for the fact that it did not have enough users. How about spinning it off as a stand alone app, even a paid one. Noooo, that looks too much like customer service, and would not be caught dead providing that-
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Orlando Flora||7/30/13 5:07 PM|
Didn't even know they were getting rid of it. I ended up troubleshooting the "problem". Now I'm pissed. Why would they get ride of this? #Stupid
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||pietro.goglio||8/1/13 12:37 PM|
I am also very much disappointed about eliminating the latitude. I used the latitude application for professional reasons as most of the google app...it was fantastic to locate city, towns, fields in the middle of nowhere...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||8/1/13 1:28 PM|
If you didn't find fields in the middle of nowhere, where DID you find them? :)
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|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Brian Veditz||8/4/13 10:55 PM|
I agree with marco on the reasons that Google killed latitude, and I think folks are being unnecessarily hard on the swarmly app. I also came here looking for alternatives. Unfortunately I looked at life365 but it was a little too family oriented and some of the paranoia functionality I didn't care for (where your kids are in relation to megans law registrants). Since I use it more for family and a few friends, it wasn't a good alternative. I also looked at swarmly, but it's a little too social network friend focused for my needs, and the facebook requirement would kill it for me since I will never get my 70+ y/o parents to sign up for facebook accounts. :) I also wouldn't want my location linked to a facebook account, anyway. So far the zemango recommendation seems the best replacement. I'm going to see how well the google plus piece works first though, I don't totally understand it yet but maybe it'll work well enough. If not, I'll try Zemango. Luckily, at the moment it doesn't appear that latitude is totally shut down, my phone still seems to be reporting my location and can be picked up by google latitude, so my parents were able to track my trip to their house this last weekend (and eliminates the numerous 'where are you now' calls I used to get).
Though, it's not just latitude... the new maps does look nice, but I find it a lot less useful then it used to be. I was trying to find places to eat along my trip this weekend and the places part apparently moved as well. Seems to not be in the app anymore, but I have to go and use the separate app link for that (which apparently got removed on my device in the last update, as it did for some others as well). And don't get me started on how every time I tried to find a specific food place, it kept showing me the one I passed an hour earlier and not the next one on my route. :)
|Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Henrik Wistrand||8/5/13 4:08 AM|
The new "update" of maps really sucks!!
Is it legal to even call the new version for update?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Patrizia Elisabeth Schwartz||8/5/13 5:54 AM|
We've just switched from Life360 to Family by Sygic (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sygic.familywhere.android&hl=en) because here in SA we can't subscribe to the premium membership since they don't have PayPaypal payment option & their response to hubbies request was quite slow. Sygic looks very similar with a few minor differences and is available on both the App & Android Stores. The geofences (safe & unsafe zones) in their free version are not limited to 2 only & it allows for more than just 4 members. We'll run this on trial for a while & see how it goes compared to Latitude & Life360. Unlike Life360 also has a navigate button to locate the person you're tracking using either Google Maps or the Sygic GPS Navigation & Maps available in the Android/App Stores.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||JoM0||8/5/13 10:26 AM|
I don't have a 'locations' option on my google+ can anyone tell me how to 'opt in' to share locations?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||ehg||8/5/13 11:24 AM|
how are you trying google+ locations ?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||JoM0||8/5/13 11:34 AM|
using my android phone... I've attached a screenshot of the menu I see in google+ I can't find anywhere to view or share locations or to 'opt in' as google says..
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||8/5/13 11:42 AM|
you don't appear to have latest build.
either update or.. you might be on an older android version.. not sure what affect that will have.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||ehg||8/5/13 12:17 PM|
an other reason could be:
JoM0's device is rooted.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||gluino||8/5/13 9:27 PM|
If Google insists on moving the functionality into G+, they should make the G+ Locations work at least as well as Latitude did.
Problems as of now:
- Missing "2 minutes ago" timestamp of location,
- Missing circle of uncertainty of location
- Unpredictable and infrequent updating
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Paul N. L.||8/6/13 7:23 PM|
I can understand if Google has decided to no longer support updates to Latitude, but eliminating it all together just baffles me. I see that they want to focus their attention elsewhere, and direct their software engineers/programs to other projects, but why delete Latitude? I know plenty of apps that are no longer supported/updated, but many users are content with the ability to (at least) use the last released version, rather than no version at all.
Google, please retain the Latitude attributes in Google Maps. If you no longer update the app, that's fine I guess (as it currently already works well for most users' needs). Do not remove it entirely.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||EmDzei||8/7/13 2:14 PM|
It would nice to hear or read about reasons to shutdown Latitude. Either reasons for shutting down very popular Google RSS Reader, off-line support on Google Maps, move apps to micro-SD card -support started at Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS, FM radio ripping etc. etc.
So many mistakes in so short time. What are the reasons for this?
Starting FM radio. You can listen music free, with good quality, listen news and warnings, even on foreign countries without fear of costly roaming etc.
With old Android OS like Gingerbread you could move apps or the most size part of it to micro-SD card. Like new Samsung Galaxy S4 with poor 16 GiB of RAM you lose very quick your store size.
Google Maps are not vectory maps like Nokia Here, so you cannot use Google Maps outside of your own country. The answer is off-line maps stored on your phome, best to your micro-SD card. Now you have to write "OK Maps" on your Google Maps navigation area to do this.
Google RSS. It is best way to read news. Facebook or Google+ cannot order this.
And the last part: Latitude. It was so super and one big reason to stay with Android and recommend so many to join with it too. No, the Google+ is not answer. It is like Facebook and we do not like SoMe apps. Battery hungry and nothing import information there. Mostly only lotteries of company or waste of time infos. Google+ is too huge app to run on older phones less than 512 MB of RAM. Or if running on background all other things lags so much. Latitude was unisex app and it run on older phones too and cross-platformed like old Nokia phones with Symbian OS. And on everyones familar web browser on his/her PC, tablet or what ever.
I am making hard question to myself. Why to stay with Android? Why?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Pamela Moses||8/9/13 6:20 AM|
doesn't support all phones :(
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||casey727||8/9/13 9:57 AM|
It seems we both use latitude for the same reason, to let a close family member know where we are and that we are safe. I have found "Androidlost" will do the same thing and not drain your battery, as many of the other apps do. If you install androidlost, and allow your parents cell phone number to access your account, they send the text message "androidlost gps" and get back almost instantly a google map with your phone located. The message never shows up on your phone (It is used to locate you phone when lost). You must trust the person who you allow this access, as the program also allows you access things like wiping the contacts and disabling the phone, locking the phone by code, stuff you might want to do if someone steals your phone. You can access the phone by your own Google + account on a computer. Handy to help you fine your phone in your own house, it allows you to set off an alarm, even if the phone is set to vibrate. The program is free, and as best I can tell is written and maintained by one guy.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||hasu9||8/9/13 10:40 AM|
I am ready to pay many euros/month if any similar app is available. So Google, if you are not ready to do the right thing, please publish location API so that some else can. I sure he or she will have plenty customers and money.
PLEASE GIVE US LATITUDE BACK!
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Butch Roberts||8/9/13 10:41 AM|
One of the most used apps on my phone. Huge mistake on Google's part. Many seem to have relied on Latitude. Can't believe they turned it off. Disappointed.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Uwe Rüdiger||8/9/13 11:45 AM|
Abby, sorry but dont give it to the devolopers, say your developers that they have to integrate the latitude-module as one to G+ , thats the only thing what is useful. and open your g+ - app for third-apps to have an update mechanism what g+ doesnt has. or the most and best thing: bring back Latitude to live, i am angry because there is no replacement of your app which is useful and and all-in-one-solution. your doing bad decision s in the last months, who was the man making this decision?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kelemvor||8/9/13 11:56 AM|
How many people does everyone need to track? If you just used Latitude for tracking your spouse or just a couple people, life360.com is a perfect solution. I've been using it for a couple weeks and have no complaints. If it's out of date I can click to have it update. It shows me right where my wife is.
Not sure how many people you can add to your "family" but it works great.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Uwe Rüdiger||8/9/13 12:04 PM|
Hi kelemvor.i used life360 for a couple of weeks too but it is no real replacement. You dont have a real location history,only if you pay 5 dollar per month and i am in europe and cant use thevother features only for us-people, the update mechanism is not really good and i had the luxury to use backitude in conjunction with maps and it was great. The best experience was the users drawing direczly in maps as layers,it was fast and easy to use
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kelemvor||8/9/13 12:08 PM|
Ah yeah, I never used location history, I just used Current location. For that I've not had a problem. If it shows my wife hasn't updated in 2 hours I just click Update and it finds her most of the time. For that it's great from my experience.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Uwe Rüdiger||8/9/13 12:24 PM|
That is the great difference i am angry about google. The dashboard in location history of google shows everything in detail that is an option i miss at life360 :-(
So you can understand why i am frustrated not having a good history or friends not refreshing at the map as soon as they change their position
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||EmDzei||8/9/13 12:48 PM|
I red about iPhones iOS 7 beta 5 that it have realtime tracking called BuzzFeed. People or who write about it, are afraid about big brother watching your every move. But seems Apple is building when Google is ripping location service away. Do we have to change our Android to iOS?!
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Larry Davidow||8/9/13 1:01 PM|
There's got to be a lot more to this than just cost prevention or code deprecation.
Think of other Google apps that have been "sundowned". Let's take gtalk as an example. We were all notified in advance that gtalk was going away and being replaced by hangouts. Even after hangouts came out, I still have the option to run gtalk on my phone. I just uninstall the updates and I have my perfectly functioning version of gtalk back.
The latitude "sundown" seemed very rushed and they pretty much just shut it down.
I have a feeling there's a lot more to this story that we don't know...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||8/9/13 1:08 PM|
I imagine they will be developing everything within g+ but they will definitely be doing location stuff sooner or later.
it'll just be all integrated into the social APIs rather than a stand alone interface.
they had to pull the bandaid off first to move on.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Uwe Rüdiger||8/9/13 1:20 PM|
If it would be so than i could only release a product if i am sure it is as good as the origin you will abandon. If not and at this time it is so you will frustrate your users looking for alternate products and release the band you have sometimes forever
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Gennady Stolyarov||8/10/13 12:10 AM|
agree! I am very disappointed, too, The goog thing is that this way Google forced me to look for alternatived and while doing so I found some interesting apps. For example, Family by Sygic seems to be an interesting option to control kids via GPS,
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Angry MUMs||8/10/13 3:44 AM|
I use to love and praise googles apps, now not so more, the one app that we used daily is the one that they took away. I don't use G+ and have no interest in it, and I as sure as hell are not having my kids use it or facebook.
So for the kids I went and got kytetime which is great, worth the $40 a year to track and also monitor not just where they are and have been but what apps they are using and also to stop them using it during school or at a bedtime I set.
Only app I use is my gmail now for personal Closed my other accounts and the businesses account with G+ as there is no need for it now. Will go back to using the domain and webmail instead. Prefer Facebook personally over the G+ location thing, at least I can find and check in properly.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Angry MUMs||8/10/13 3:47 AM|
I tried it and got rid of it after a week or so, It didnt do what I needed and really was a drain on the battery on the older phones, updating it wasn't live either.
Still looking for a decent replacement.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Troll_named_Kranq||8/10/13 4:56 AM|
I have tried with my friends to get it working too.
We are all location shared up and permissions a plenty... and it wont work for any of us "yet"
we even used circles to chat our problem, we are all kinda geeky and we could not work it out.
Don't get me started on My Places..
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||8/10/13 5:00 AM|
give swarmly a shot if you're in Sydney.
not many users in Australia ATM so should be easy enough to find your friend while we add lists.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Troll_named_Kranq||8/10/13 5:05 AM|
the way I feel about the new "google extras" is they are becoming less shiny and less bells and whistles. It urks me that products seem to downgrade .... and not because of functionality as some are just (well, they were) great.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Troll_named_Kranq||8/10/13 5:08 AM|
Can you access "My Places"?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Uwe Rüdiger||8/10/13 5:43 AM|
The refreshment of places is horrible and not done even if gps is activated and refresh is pressed.google developers are you reading our comments and hear us,or is it only one developer making g+ ?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Cary Bennett||8/10/13 5:35 PM|
Just downloaded Swarmly, it DOES NOT do what Latitude did. There is no way to associate with one or two other individuals only. This is strictly a social networking app. It is useless for our purposes. I have deleted it.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||8/10/13 5:38 PM|
I do apologise for not covering your needs for free.
call the cops.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||8/10/13 5:47 PM|
Uh, pause for one second. You *were* suggesting the users here try Swarmly as a Latitude replacement, which is it not - for the same cost as Latitude. Cary was simply stating that.
Your attitude might not be the kind to attract more users to your *social* product either. I wouldn't take offense to Cary calling a spade a spade and be more open to constructive feedback.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||8/10/13 6:00 PM|
I offered a SUGGESTION. in a bid to help. not to have people shit on it because it doesn't provide a replica set of functions.
incidentally it will function exactly as latitude did on android, but in a public capacity as previously stated multiple times.
if you want to associate with 2 or 3 people there have already been many posts pointing out solutions that will allow you to pay for tracking family... follow that suggestion if that is your requirement? what's the problem? Use them.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||erkme73||8/10/13 6:17 PM|
Wow. This thread is devolving quickly. One thing is for certain... After seeing how professional Swarmly's promoter is, I've scratched it off my list without even trying it. Way to go.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||8/10/13 6:34 PM|
latitude clearly wasn't used by many, we're merely trying to offer a solution that advances the paradigm to something that may be more useful over the longer term.. in the absence of any other solution.
if you need a direct replacement, get life360, an iPhone or build your own.
that's nothing to do with promotion, that's just the reality of how things are.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||8/10/13 6:41 PM|
Clearly Latitude was used by enough to generate this community with specific enough desires that Swarmly doesn't fulfill.
Best to take your charred and promotion stained bridge ashes and move on.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||marcode||8/10/13 7:06 PM|
specific desires already catered to by multiple apps :)
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Baddeye||8/11/13 1:32 AM|
I'm not a fan of only being able to log in via Facebook or anonymously. I'd be more interested if this was changed to something separate.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Troll_named_Kranq||8/11/13 2:17 AM|
The new maps is just... Mehhh. I like the navigation feature but it did kull so many good features like Latitude and My Places. My Places is still in the desktop version of maps but you can't access these personal edits on Android versions of 'maps'. Now that is an app I would pay for. A 'My Maps' alternate that can use the maps I / you create ... Let me know when you have made it.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||James O'Keefe||8/11/13 7:44 AM|
My money is on latitudes core functionality being folded into a revised wallet proposition... that inbuilt level of passive geo data would be very valuable...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||erkme73||8/11/13 8:30 AM|
@James - valuable to whom? It's obvious that Google doesn't care much about usefulness or functionality if a majority of users aren't actively using it. The value to Google is there whether they have a geo-locating app for its users or not. They can and are tracking every move of their users, with considerably more detail than latitude ever offered to us. WE are the product. Google sells our data to advertisers. Any benefit we get as a byproduct of that transaction is an afterthought.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||dave.j.cousins||8/11/13 5:59 PM|
I agree. Google+ is really a google(minus). The transfer of Latitude to G+ is a total none functioning tool. Give us back our Latitude inside Maps.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Eric Flanigan||8/11/13 11:55 PM|
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||OramiJohn||8/12/13 2:40 AM|
The loss of latitude coincided with my wife's phone contract renewal.
She's gone back to Apple and I saw no reason to convince here otherwise.
My mother in law is next.
Just goes to show you can't trust the cloud. Your data is in their hands and at the mercy of their commercial whim.
What happens when they decide that Google docs no longer fits the model?
Here today, gone the next.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||hasu9||8/12/13 3:41 AM|
You got it right! This is not only great business for Apple, but also a great example for Google's attitude towards customers. Ok ok, Latitude was free, but still it was very important app, at least for my family, and it seems that we have not been alone. Some say that we have to wait, google will develop google+ to be like Latitude... puuh, THAT is stupid. Why shut down old service BEFORE new one is ready for use ,and at this moment google+ is NOT! What if my child is abducted during this development session of google, and we are not able to track hers location. I cannot take that risk, so we will go back to iPhone. Any one want buy 1pcs of XCover2, 2pcs S3 and one bran new S4, goes cheap...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||dave.j.cousins||8/12/13 9:02 AM|
I was once a huge Google Android fan. But no longer. I used to tell my friends that the android maps app was superior to all other phones. But not any more. There is no longer any reason to own an android in my opinion. Google Maps was once my product differentiater. The reason to buy an android was 90% for the maps. Now all the phones and tablets have the same dumbed down app.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Uwe Rüdiger||8/12/13 9:29 AM|
Developers are not willing to accept ideas and customer replys and delete postings youre doing on their g+ communitiy. Im sad of the non-communication with google,whats that for a way they are going now !!!
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Tiffani Allen||8/12/13 10:21 AM|
Life 360 app....this app is even better than latitude app. It has the friend locator, history, plus way more. Its way more advanced than latitude was.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Gagik Baghdasaryan||8/12/13 12:58 PM|
Try Hemisphere - perfect replacement for Latitude! I mean, THE ONLY application that is truly replacing Latitude! Simple and straightforward app. Responsive developer.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||8/12/13 1:07 PM|
Now THAT looks awesome. Would love to see it do history and check-ins, but yes, perfect for replacing Latitude....once the iphone piece comes out. :)
I especially love the auto reply to update requests....
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Thai Mac||8/12/13 1:44 PM|
My only logical conclusion is that Google hired someone that used to work for Apple that was tasked with secretly ruining Google and Android. Latitude was great. Now the switch over to Google Locations is not only broken (literally, it's nonfunctional) but super counter intuitive in every perceivable aspect. What next? Rotary dialing on cellphones?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Troll_named_Kranq||8/13/13 3:22 AM|
Hahaha. Crack me up. Yes it feels like Google are dumbing down to be comparative and competitive.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kashyap Kopparam||8/13/13 3:27 AM|
I miss Latitude too. No replacement was satisfactory w.r.t features, battery drain etc.
Please bring Latitude back
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Sue P H||8/13/13 4:05 PM|
I totally agree - my family and I (kids and grandkids) used Latitude - what a great feature that was. So, we have iPhones - does the Apple 'find friends' app work similarly? Some of us travel a lot, and it was nice to check locations of teens, know when people arrive places, etc. Miss latitude SOOOOO much!
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||justicious||8/13/13 4:53 PM|
This "replacement" is a joke. dont know where to start. what was once genius is now ridiculous. Impressive.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Nath.Oh||8/13/13 4:54 PM|
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kelemvor||8/14/13 7:33 AM|
Has anyone tried Hemisphere?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Thai Mac||8/14/13 7:37 AM|
Yes. Tried Hemisphere. It's okay. I'm now using Life360. LOVE IT. Much more flexible and reliable.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Sue P H||8/14/13 8:31 AM|
So does Life360 work the same or does the other party (teens specifically) have to login each time to have it working? Our family used it to know when kids are home, when someone travels and can see they arrived, etc. Really miss latitudes and wanting something that works in the same way. Why the heck would google dump that!!??? I heard on the news that it literally saved the life of a teenager who was employed at a fast food restaurant. The place was held up, and the gunman took two of the kids hostage in his car - one of the boys was able to text his mom one word - abducted. She got on latitudes and she and her husband drove to where they saw he was, and at the same time they were alerting the police. All pulled into the location at the same time - police got the guy - boys safe. I know a lot of us are upset with google for this, and it does not seem like they are listening. Tried to check out google + as they said it would be replaced there - NOT.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kelemvor||8/14/13 8:36 AM|
You do not have to log into life360, on the phone, every time you want to use it. Just open up the app and tap on whoever you want to find. It updates automatically or you can tap to force it to update if it's outdated.
You do have to log in on the computer if you want to view it that way.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Thai Mac||8/14/13 8:39 AM|
Life360 can be set to update every 15 minutes. That's the shortest update interval available - which is better than what Latitude was. Latitude seemed pretty random at times. It runs in the background and so far I don't find it to be battery intensive at all. You can also request and have location auto update at your desire. Which is GREAT. It also has a Places setting (2 in the free version) where you can receive notices once a family member reaches or leaves a set place. All around, this app does everything I've been wanting Latitude to do. There is also a Crime reporting feature where you can get alerts when crimes are reported in your vicinity. You can also get Sexual Predators notices too. So many great features. Just get it.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Sue P H||8/14/13 8:46 AM|
Many thanks - when I got the notice that they were dumping latitude I was really disappointed. Figured someone would have something similar, and if this is better, then awesome!! I just downloaded it - it does look good!! I see they have some Premium package - am I reading it right? $5 for the entire family- and if they have an emergency any of them can get help? Thanks all - glad someone out there has something that will give parents and families a way to keep connected.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Thai Mac||8/14/13 9:00 AM|
Just currently using the Free version for now. It suits our needs fine. But in the near future might just do the Premium just to support them, love the app that much. :)
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||omcsilva||8/14/13 10:28 AM|
I don't care Latitude is now a Google Plus feature. But please bring back the Latitude layer to Google Maps! Layers are a great way to expand the services. Create new ones, don't kill them! How about a Waze layer too?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||dave.j.cousins||8/14/13 10:40 AM|
Well said. Add a layer back to Maps called Latitude. Layers in maps are great.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||VesNL||8/14/13 3:25 PM|
The Locations feature on Google+ has received some features former Latitude users might remember.
Those round placards are people sharing their city with you! Take a visit over to settings and share your city location to a new group of people! Maybe your college buddies who live across the country, or your coworkers who are always asking which city you're in!
Maps V2 and Clustering
Feel comfortable in the map! With Maps v2 now there is rotating, double tap and slide to zoom, double finger slide down to change perspective, zoom buttons and 3D buildings!
When placards are too close to each-other on the map, they'll collapse, clicking on them will show you the people in that spot on a list, making it easy to see all the people who might be in the same city together.
We've added "last reported" indicators, allowing you to determine when someone's phone decided that it was a good time to report their location.
Sometimes location isn't perfect so now its possible to see an "inaccuracy ring" around where people are on a map.
Now you can pick the people you see on your map. Make it easy to see the circles you care about most!
Futz Free Settings
It only takes one click to turn on location reporting and sharing from our new settings screen. For users with the new Google Maps, no more futzing with any other settings screens.
For those that do now want to join Google+ the other suggestions like life360 might be better suited.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Thai Mac||8/14/13 3:33 PM|
Have you even tried using the app? It displays a grid and NO MAP. It's broken in every sense. Open it before writing about it please.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Troll_named_Kranq||8/14/13 3:35 PM|
This sales schpeil is rubbish.
Many good features gone. Location sharing so borked that approved permissions and ticked circles Dont mean anything.
I can't get it working even though both parties got the email.
Also if it's new PR not on the Google listing . it is impossible to find or place a pin.
The removal of My Maps jas Ade planning impossible. I often check and pre check my destinations... As a group. Not one at a time and my trip never starts at home PR work. Staring locations is great if u navigate now one at a time.
Sorry. This product has fallen though the reality gap.
This sales post is ... A major back step.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Thai Mac||8/14/13 3:46 PM|
Also, Google Navigation has taken many steps backwards with the new map. Selecting route options is very difficult and impractical. And if you get a notification or phone call during navigation, it resets and you have to enter your destination all over again. The resume function does not work. It's broken. Like I've said previously, I think Google hired an Apple employee to break all this. Also, in Navigation, it doesn't show updated Starred or Previous destinations.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||CedricGatay||8/16/13 12:44 PM|
Another alternative could be the app we developed with a friend http://lclz.in.
Lets explain it with a real use case, I want to meet my friend at an open air music festival with a lot of attendees. The classic way of doing it is calling him, but with the heavy music we will barely understand each other, plus it will be difficult to describe where we are to meet.
That's where the application will help : you select the contact you want to meet, it sends a SMS (or use the share dialog) requesting its location. The text contains a link to a site allowing any decent smartphone (even iOS/Blackberry/Windows Phone) to geolocalize him. Once done, you will get a notification on your phone displaying him on a map !
This use case represents where I mostly used Latitude in the past years, I hope someone else will find it as useful as me !
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Scott Loehwing||8/16/13 4:41 PM|
G+ locations is garbage. I have everything configured correctly but it still says "no one is on your map". Verizon note 2. I see you updated g+ a few days ago but didn't address the problem. Will it ever work again?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||David Cahall||8/17/13 4:03 PM|
The new google maps is impossible to work. No options like in the old version. Also I've tried to add multiple cities to make a route. Unable to do it.
Latitude was great as I was able to locate my Family members everywhere. The main reason they discarded it was they weren't able to push advertising Enough. No $ = no support. Have boy been able to locate a replacement. Google+ is a ridiculous option. It's google's way of forcing us to accept what they want VS what we need.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Sue P H||8/17/13 5:00 PM|
Google + did not work - not a good option at all. We used latitudes a lot, and knew we would miss it. I downloaded Life360 and it works well - getting the family on now. I believe it is a good replacement. Seems really accurate and lots of functions. There is also an upgrade you can do, but for now all we have is the free one, and it is working fine. Shows me where kids are, etc. Seems to update more often than latitudes sometimes did. Check it out.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Troll_named_Kranq||8/17/13 5:27 PM|
Still can not get location share to work with Google±
Share permissions and associated circles.. Nup.. Using my sons phone and Google account. He can't see me and I can't see him.
Bring back layers of all kinds. And MyMaps
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Scott Loehwing||8/17/13 5:54 PM|
Yup. Layers in maps was good. Google screwed us with this bull crap G+ "update" they shoved down our throats. Seems they only care about the almighty dollar. I'll bite the bullet and say it: I'll pay for the functionality I had with latitude. Maybe just cut the bull shit and start charging us for it on the market. After all that's what you want--more money.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Vaibhav Kapoor||8/18/13 5:29 AM|
Disappointing. No need to write reasons why (already detailed in previous posts). This does downgrade Google from a technology giant working to empower its users through coolest innovations to somebody trying to follow an already obsolete model of social networking. Did not expect this from Google and the core values it was build upon.
Whomsover came up with this promotional idea for G+ has really messed things for users as well as for Google itself in the long run.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||erkme73||8/18/13 6:39 AM|
Life360 is nothing but a spam house. I signed up, and sent invites to family members. I'm now suffering their wrath over the multiple reminders (PER DAY) they're getting, on my behalf, telling them they too need to sign up.
Sorry, but that company just lost 100% of my respect.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Thai Mac||8/18/13 6:43 AM|
I'm rooted and have ad blocker installed. Haven't seen any spam. My wife's S3 is pure stock and she hasn't seen any spam either. Strange...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||erkme73||8/18/13 6:54 AM|
I'm rooted and have ad blocker installed as well... I t's not spam that shows up on the phone with the app. It's constant emails received by those you invite to join. For example, I sent an invite to my brother via email from within the phone. Life360 harvested his email address, and he started receiving twice a day "reminders" that I want him to join. It soured him before he even had a chance to sign up. "These guys are unbelievable" he wrote back to me. "Thanks for giving theses spammers my emails address".
Sorry, but I value my relationship with family and friends more than the need to put something like this in their inbox. Very bad businesses practice. On par with LinkedIn
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Thai Mac||8/18/13 6:59 AM|
I guess annoying email reminders (as he's yet to accept invitation) is still much better than a nonexistent Latitude.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||erkme73||8/18/13 7:03 AM|
Everyone has a different threshold for what they consider acceptable. Sending two reminders per day, in by book, is unacceptable.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Kajeejit Sriburee||8/19/13 11:46 PM|
I really need google latitude , it makes me feel safe when ppl or my family can track me
I was really shock that it was removed
i have tried using another app , but nothing can beat google Latitude
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Joe B cyg||8/20/13 10:24 AM|
yes they really F'd up with this + instead of latitude.....its not progress its bad
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Scott Loehwing||8/21/13 4:07 PM|
it's painfully obvious that google isn't reading anything on their boards, or they simply don't give a shit what people want. maybe they have an agreement with the NSA to use this garbage software for them to track us without a care if we can see our friends or family.
who knows. all I know is they should fix this abortion of a program----it's frustrating as hell.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||dave.j.cousins||8/22/13 2:31 AM|
On my windows laptop, Google long ago separated Latitude from it's map program, which was also a horrible idea. Having the Android with it's integration of Latitude in side the maps app, made the program so much more useful. All the search tools of maps were at your finger tips. Now the Google plus location setting is also being stupid. It's a crippled program. Very frustrating.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Nathan Rock||8/24/13 10:55 AM|
is really hard to share my location these days, apple has an easier system, that sending request thing and then going to a website and all the circles, can you do a more efficient way to use this? latitude was a fine system, maybe a bit too fine put how can we do it now? find an unreliable third party app is no good for google, forcing us to use google + is wrong
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Thai Mac||8/24/13 11:01 AM|
I truly believe with all reasonable merit that they let a grade 7 intern take over and spearhead Google Locations. Shame on Google. At least use a highschool kid.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Keaton H.||8/28/13 7:26 PM|
Ridiculous idea to get rid of Latitude. It was so useful. No check in required... it was very useful for checking on the location of kids or loved ones. Now we have to rely on our loved ones to "check in" on Google + or some other app...not everyone will remember to "check in" all the time. Latitude was an awesome app and now you fools have ruined a good thing. Bring it back! What the hell is wrong with you fools?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Charl van der Walt||8/29/13 5:35 AM|
Try hellotracks - works so far and with a nice interface
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Jeff Van||8/29/13 1:10 PM|
Check out the app Hemisphere.Great replacement for Latitude
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||8/29/13 1:33 PM|
No iphone support for Hemisphere....yet.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Sue P H||8/30/13 8:44 PM|
We are using Life360 on iPhone - working fine so far. Actually seems to update locations faster than latitude did. It is working for our needs. still think it was stupid for google to dump latitude though. Apparently they are not listening.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||BajaGaitero||8/31/13 9:45 AM|
Please bring back latitude.
I have RV roving friends that we track on their expeditions.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Uwe Rüdiger||9/1/13 10:52 PM|
After a long time sending messages to Google to restart Latitude, they did nothing and sit it out. They dont accept that G+ is not the right place where you have to add Locations of friends, but they do again and dont open it for maps. G+ has become better with Places, but it is at this time no real replacement, the time will how they will expand it or not.I now installed HelloTracks and are happy, which is at this time quite good as Latitude, after i tried Life360, Hemisphere and FamilyTracker. The only thing you have to do is to invite your contacts after installing. The App is really good and saves the battery, you can watch your tracks with not time limit and without payment (only in the business vesion), have an emergency mode, ... , i am fascinated, and you can watch the tracks of your friends, the live position and it is available via a web-interface, too. You can do routing to your friends by clicking the user-->actual postion and can show it on maps or a have a google navigation.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Marsha Franklin||9/2/13 11:08 PM|
I'm giving Life360 a try also...so far it the closest to latitude, But still has significant limitations.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||graemev||9/3/13 12:49 PM|
So I seem to have lost location info everywhere
1: My android phone (not the latest up to date .... do I feel like buying a new one when this kind of thing happens?)
2: My iPad ... no app yet
3: My browser ... really Google don't support a feature on the browser .... these guys have heard of the internet right?
I find the loss of browser functionality just absurd !
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Antony Laycock||9/12/13 10:32 PM|
Same here. Bought three android phones for expressly this purpose. I don't begrudge Google rationalizing it into Google+ in principle. It's just in this case they said they did & then didn't.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Larry Davidow||9/12/13 10:39 PM|
Give Hemisphere a try. If you're just looking to keep track of your kids or family, it works really well - actually better than Latitude. It updates immediately and there is absolutely no battery drain (at least none that I've noticed).
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||9/12/13 10:45 PM|
Let's not forget there is still no iphone version for Hemisphere and nearly half the reviews on the front page of Play show complaints of crashing. Personally, 360 works better than Hemisphere as of now, especially with 360's latest updates to the web interface.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Larry Davidow||9/12/13 10:49 PM|
Understood. I was responding to the previous contributor. It has yet to crash on me, but yes, new open source software is always challenging when it comes to the plethora of different hardware devices out there. I'm sure it will get better.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||sadini||9/14/13 3:55 AM|
Hemisphere doesn't run on my htc wildfire. Hellotracks won't run without google services and my phone has too little space as it is. Android lost seems to work but to see my location one would have to use my google account and have the ability to read my messages and basically do anything with my phone...
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||sadini||9/14/13 4:36 AM|
How do you change the update frequency in 360? Can't find it. :( Also is there any difference between the many apps they have?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||9/14/13 8:06 AM|
There isn't a way to change the frequency. It uses that auto motion detection thing that Android has so it updates like every 15 minutes if you are sitting and every 3 or 5 if you are driving - at least on the Android. The iphone seems to be every 10 or 15 no matter what.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||sixor el roxor||9/16/13 6:56 AM|
Take a look at PiLc on google play : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lc.pi
It has a simple UI similar to Latitude and works the same way, with the added bonus of end to end encryption.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Maurice E||9/20/13 7:39 AM|
I was desperately searching for the replacement now the latitude is gone, and came across this - bloody brilliant, and free! http://raah.co - if you used latitude for your own location logging, then this is the replacement! Very happy user!
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||9/20/13 8:33 AM|
Well, after reading this at http://raah.co: " Battery Consumption: In a 3G network, expect battery consumption to be between 15%-20% an hour. If your network is not 3G, then expect higher consumption.", I'm not sure I'd call this a close replacement.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Maurice E||9/20/13 8:42 AM|
Yes, fair enough, as the GPS is on all the time battery consumption is considerably higher, but in return the tracking is considerably more precise. I was using Latitude mainly to 'record' my own car trips so I knew at the end of the month what to put on my mileage sheet at work. As normally I have my iPhone connected to 12v in the car, considerably higher battery consumption is not an issue for me, but I agree with your point. Hopefully the invention of hydrogen fuel cell for the next iPhone is just around the corner... ;)
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Jamie stewart||9/28/13 5:42 AM|
I miss google latitude to the other thing they uses sucks and hard to find
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Bogdan40251||9/29/13 1:58 PM|
Are you guys planning on adding Windows 8 to the mix?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Faisal Abidi||9/29/13 5:52 PM|
Talking about the Android experience:
If it ain't broke don't fix it. I really can't understand why they took away all these great features that we came to depend on.
-Like being able to launch maps, places, etc as a separate instance to continue exploring while still getting audio navigation instructions to the selected destination.
-Now if I decide I want to call up the business I decided to navigate to, I have to cancel navigation in order to see the number.
-Sometimes the favorite (starred) locations don't show up, and I have no control over when they decide to present themselves.
The above 2 are my main gripes, and cause a lot of frustration. It's like using an iPhone... I am totally for Google Maps API going public and getting some user created plugins in there, that would be awesome and imho the only way to meet user needs.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Alex Wei||10/11/13 4:26 AM|
Another very disappointed user here.
Feel like Google's getting less and less generous since Larry Page became more involved... :(
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Erik Tennant||10/11/13 8:22 AM|
My family of 5 android users is also extremely disappointed in the removal of latitude. It was a great way to see where everyone was (kids, mainly). G+ is extremely inadequate in comparison. Google should really bring back the latitude service- hell, even monetize it by charging a small fee- it would be worth it to us.
|Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Shari Carpenter||10/11/13 8:45 PM|
Try Hemisphere. It has been working nicely for our family of four androids. Simple and light and is really accurate. It does suck that Latitude is vone for ao ma y reasons.....but for simply keepjng track of each other..hemisphefe is wrking great on our samsung galaxys a nd the lg9
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Aerosmith333||10/18/13 2:37 PM|
I am very disappointed that Google decided to ax Latitude. Other apps just doesn't cut it for me. Google, please bring Latitude back!
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||appu chan||10/20/13 1:22 AM|
It looks like Google id downgrading services that are open to public and may be they will start charging a fee for using the full scale products. I cant see a reason why the so called geniuses in Google decide to downscale features from Google Maps and other similar products and then tout them as "all new". I am thoroughly disappointed with the new Maps app and at least on my laptop I have reverted back to the "classic version". Not sure how long this will remain.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Skyler Patrick||10/20/13 2:15 AM|
Ask yourself this: What would parents of my generation have done if they couldn't track my every move when an adaloscent, especially if there was an emergency?
Answer: First off they wouldn't obsess over where their child was at all times and secondly they would wait for a gosh darn phone call to know if there was an emergency, but most of all THEY WOULD LET ADOLOSCENTS SOLVE EMERGENCIES ON THEIR OWN. You know, like how they'll have to do when they graduate college? Are you going to track your kid until he's 18? 21? Graduated? 30? Forever? Whichever age you stop imposing on your kids privacy by tracking them will be the age that he or she will be on his or her own during an emergency, and they're not going to have the slightest clue what to do, except call you. Let's say you stop tracking after they graduate college. Now your an empty nester, you think you've done everything you've can for your kids, and along with discontinueing tracking them you discontinue obsessing over making sure they are okay. Well, for the first time in their lives, you kids will be experiences difficulties and emergencies as an adult when they should have already in adolescence. I'm not saying let your kids go nuts- my mom enforced midnight curfew no exceptions, and definitely couldn't drink or smoke, but if she had been tracking me too that would have driven me over the edge. That's not a fair way to grow up...how would you like it if your parents tracked your every move? Would be cool with that? Would you view the world differently knowing there was a tracking device on you at all times?
If you really cared about your kid's location in case of an emergency, then go buy one of those emergency wrist items so your kid can simply hit that button and have police/ambulance on their way. Oh wait, you just like to spy on your kids and make sure they don't go anywhere you don't want them to go. A can't friekin believe people think it's okay to track their kids location WITHOUT their kid's consent. HUGE violation of privacy and a really good way to make sure your kids won't know how to handle an emergency w/out mommy already knowing where they are.
I'm 26 and I feel lucky to not have had tracking phones in high school, but I have also had to come to grips with the fact that my mom did wayyyyy to much for me when I was younger and caudles me wayyyyyy too much, which isn't even close to what other parents do. She felt she did a great job rasing me (and she did :)) but after graduating college I'm realizing she did a poor job forcing me to be independent, and a good job encouraging dependency and helping me out of 'emergencies' that I totally could have and should have dealt with on my, experiencing positve and negative results for my actions. After graduating college I no longer had any structure whatsoever- nobody gives a shit about you in the real world and with my goals set very high I began to develop anxiety and avoided things my mom/dad used to do for me because doing them caused me anxiety b/c I had so many new responsibitiies and obstacles and nobody but myself to handle them. My parents still were there for me, but pretty apathetic- after all i'm an adult and should be able to solve my own problems by now. OH BUT WAIT I HAVE NO IDEA HOW because they were always there in case of emergency. My anxiety developed in to full on panic disorder which I was diagnosed with last Spring after I couldn't help but notice my inability to deal with problems because of the assoiciated anxiety - Instead I avoid them and my brain is very good at tricking me into doing so, anywhere from big emergencies and serious problems, to small things like returning phone calls or showing up on time to, well, anything. I stopped seeing my friends as much and got fired from my job of 2 years and had an ambulance called on me after a final exam and had such overwhelming anxiety last fall that I failed to apply to veterinary school even though I could have and had done so much to do so since graduating undergrad and even though it was my dream. It felt like my soul split in two when I didn't apply. I ripped my shirt in two and cried like I've never cried before- howled more like. After all I'd done to get where I was, my own brain was now not allowing me to be me anymore.
I'm an Ivy League graduate, a former DI soccer athlete, and I am so passionate about what I want to do I knew I needed to seek professional help. Do I blame my parents for my failures? Absolutely not. But there are more kids with psychological issues today than ever before and the numbers are getting worse. Depression is up, panic disorder is up, anxiety, ADHD, etc, and over-controlling parents are at an all time high, though really they are controlled by their own children after their children realize their parents will do anything for them to help them succeed.
My parents moved last summer so I;ve been house-sitting and had been living with them while taking clesses and volunteering with animals. My mom moved back in with n3 weeks warning last month, and though I enjoyu her company she STILL is way too intrusive and caudling. No matter how many times I tell her cleaning my room is my responsibility and to please not clean it, she does. I had to remind her again today NOT to do my laundry for me, though she'll still grab it while I'm gone or something. She asked me why I didn't want her to do the laundry for me and I replied, "Because when I move out of here for the rest of my life I'm going to be doing my own laundry so I want to make that a routine now, since I'm an adult, rather than wait until I'm gone and have bigger fish to fry than making a habit out of doing my laundry and cleaning my room.
You think you are protecting your kids by tracking where they are, but in reality you are giving them just one more crutch they don't need thus increasing how crippled they will feel when that clutch is no longer there.
The more i think about it, the more disgusted I am that parents these days track their children without their consent, and are a loss at what to do when they have to let their kidsgo somewhere w/o spying on their whereabouts. YES, you might keep them from doing something you think to be dangerous by seeing where they are, but in the end they will get old enough to figure out ways to get away from your surveillance, probably by lyiing to your face (b/c they have to in order to get some freedom); or they will not lie to you and not have a very fun time, and leave for college- the first time in their life that they are free, and they won't know how to handle all the freedom, and will likely do what I did- party party party, drink drink drink, and hopefully not die from alcohol poisoning. But hey, you got them into college safely right??? Well guess what? You've sentenced them to a very rough adjustment into the real world, psychological obstacles and day-to-day responsibilities that didn't exist when you were their age (like staying on top of 5 different social media accounts), and they'll have 0 practice on how to handle and deal with highly stressful situations and emergencies.
I am taking baby steps to solving my issues, but I've had to do it all on my own- admitting that I needed psychological help was one of the hardest and frightening things I've ever had to deal with. You tracking your kids doesn't mean the same will happen to them, but I'm telling you that although their safety is important, so is their ability to solve problems and emergencies on their own. And the chances of you saving your children from disaster because of the location tracker is slim to nil. If they get lost in the woods where there is reception but where they can't make any calls for some reason, then maybe, just maybe, your tracking of them was useful. In any other emergency situation, your children should know how to call for help or ask for help, and how to tell or send you their location.
Tracking young adults and adolescents without their knowledge or consent pisses me off even more than when I see a kid on a leash. If your teenage kid is against you tracking him then you should not track him. To him, not only are you showing you don't trust him, but you are also taking away a part of his freedom and distorting his ability to think freely.
I want to stress that I love my parents very much and am so grateful for all they've done, but I know for a fact that MY kids, if I have them, will be given a lot more responsibility growing up, less pressure to get A after A after A, more strict rules, less intrusiveness, and better preparation for the real world when mommy and daddy aren't there. There are children in Africa who have no parents, no social help, and raise their own siblings in dangerous slums. What, your kids can't go somewhere without you knowing exactly where in case of an emergency so unique that they couldn't call you or the police or think to turn on their location, and enough time had passed that you got some sort of super hero 6th sense that they were in an emergency but couldn't call even though they had their phones w/reception reporting their location to you, and you checked their location, deemed it to be an emergency, and then drove to the rescue. What are the odds of that happening?
You know that it is selfish, intrusive,neurotic, and keeps them 'safe'. What you don't realize is how much it illustrates to your kids that you don't have confidence in them solving emergencies and kids will also start to believe they can't b/c you told them so and will act that way, and that when they finally are on their own they will have a nice little, or rather big package waiting for adulthood - psychological obstacles mixed with real world problems and a disorder or two, hurray!!! Way to look out for their safety while still in their teens :D while simultaneously providing them great ingredients for developing mental health problems later if not already.
Well, glad I got that off my chest. My last g/f had a son and cheated on me with her ex and put spyware on MY phone when I got suspicious. It was a terrible thing for her to do, I felt as if she had stolen something from me I could never get back (my innocence maybe?), so there's probably a little bitterness leftover from that incident 1.5 years ago.
Don't track your kids without their persmission.
Just don't do it.
Imagine growing up in a world where you were tracked 24/7. Wouldn't that be weird? Um yeah it would, and kids being born now are growing up without knowing what it's truly like to be free nor knowing how to handle all the freedom suddenly given when it's no longer being controlled, monitored, and planned by their neurotic, controlling, untrussting mother who think's she's doing the right thing by keeping them 'safe' in case of 'emergency'. Blablablablabalabalana
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Skyler Patrick||10/20/13 2:43 AM|
PS your location is Roodepoort, Gauteng, you were born in Germany and moved to South Africa at age 5, your full name is Patrizia Elisabeth Schwartz, you work at Trixi's HomeEd Academy so I'm assuming you are a home-school mother, your children are not he or she- they are both boys and your husband's a burly felllow. I have a map location of where you posted your comment, and could easily find you in real life if I wanted to. I don't. I'm merely pointing out how dangerous it is to have that type of information floating around. If somebody wanted to do your children harm all they'd have to do is figure out how to access their location. Sorry if I offended you btw, I'm just worried that parents don't think about things like how it will affect their mental thought process when they're older, or about how tracking your kids location could be the opposite of safe b.c you are unknowingly providing an amateur hacker with the location behaviors of your children. Not only that but I found out a lot of personal information about you without even trying, so if you are going to track them to keep them safe then don't be a hypocrite and expose your family's location for anybody in the word to find out with the click of a button. Now do you see how your 'in case of emergencies/for safety' reasoning doesn't fly with me? I took the time to write all this b/c I hope it's a wake-up call to be safer while online and why giving your kids more freedom whle their young and as they get older b/c it's good to practice solving emergencies when the emergencies are usually not life-threatening and if they are, knowing their location will most likely not help solve an emergency besides not needing google their location when somebody tells you of the emergency.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Troll_named_Kranq||10/20/13 2:59 AM|
I Dont give a hoot about latitude. It is the other mobile app interface that are lacking. Like PLACES. My places in fact.
On the desktop version you can create maps and markers on them. I run events and make maps with pins and points and routes and boundaries. Now I can't see that map in Maps. If I want to see it o have to log in with a browser and see it that way. It's a shitty work around ... And works not as well. In fact it works like crap now.. Is there a third party app put there to inyergrate with My Places?
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Luís Miguel Costa||10/25/13 3:02 AM|
Just uninstall all updates of Google Maps, and you will have Places back. You won't miss all the "fabulous new features (irony)"
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||dave.j.cousins||10/25/13 6:34 AM|
Ha ha, that's great. I uninstalled too and haven't looked back. I hate the new maps.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Basim Daoud||10/29/13 1:09 PM|
You really need to bring back google latitude. It was a excellent app. I like the fact that the app can trace my route so that I can look back and see the route I took and so I can show family members the route I took. PLEASE BRING IT BACK.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Dolus K||10/29/13 1:15 PM|
You can still go into your location history to see where you've gone - that has not gone away.
However, Latitude is not going to be coming back no matter how people beg on here. If Google couldn't find a way to profit from it, it's gone.
|Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||ceo255||10/29/13 6:45 PM|
Here is my take on some of the boneheaded decisions Google has made. The don't just change or discontinue things because they can't make money of them. Google makes enough money off everything they provide. They do it just because they can. Like the saying goes: "'Where does a 300 pound gorrilla sit?' Answer: Anywhere he wants!" I think they don't care how people feel about their decisions" Here are few examples why I think this:
1. Some time ago when they updated maps, they removed the ability to adjust the navigation volume and tied it in with media volume. thinking this was some sort of glitch I reported it to Google but I never got a reply back from them, not even to tell me this was intended change. To me it's a no brainer to think that the user should be able to set navigation volume higher than media volume.
2. On a recent update to maps, they removed the navigation app icon/shortcut, while I have an older phone that does not support that update, I know people that do have newer phones. When it disappeared from they're phones, they were totally confused. When I went to try to help resolve the issue and couldn't figure it out either I again reported to Google but got no reply.
3. Even though my phone does not take the the recent updates to maps it apparently has been affected by the updates. Ever since the updates I cannot select my home or work locations without it crashing maps. I have reported this to Google as well but I never got a reply.
|Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||ceo255||10/29/13 6:49 PM|
|Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||ceo255||10/29/13 6:49 PM|
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Arturo TheMonster||11/1/13 6:06 AM|
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Denis Bochko||11/5/13 9:09 AM|
yes, i have done that, but can you see the person who shares location with you on web maps or is it only mobile? if you can do that with desktop maps, how would you do that? i can not figure that part out.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||madonis||11/25/13 5:01 AM|
Try out socialmaps, available already for Android & iPhone, still under development but has real time location and proximity alerts for friends, and also alerts for FB check-ins, Instagram, Google+, 4SQ and Twitter!
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Esther Peddycord||11/27/13 7:09 PM|
its was the best,i was able to find my husband and my husband found me,this other ones u have even the cellphone trackers are hard to understand.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||AugustFalcon||11/29/13 10:06 AM|
If you both have location sharing turned on (in pinpoint mode) in Google Plus you can easily find your spouse's location using the Location tab in the G+ Android App. I haven't found a way to simply get directions to their location from that page. But it gives you a visual of their location that you might be able to use to drop a pin on Maps and navigate there.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||graemev||11/29/13 11:41 AM|
...but think how incredibly stupid this situation is:
1: You are on a ChromeBook Looking @ Google Maps
2: You need to get out your phone , fire up a "Social Media App" find the location [not that it works on my phone]
3: By eye, judge where this is on Google Maps , re-enter the data from the phone
4: Hit navigate
... If only there was some company which understood "The Web" and could Integrate the Mapping and locations ...
[ NB I mean loosely coupled of course (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohesion_%28computer_science%29)... not these badly designed monolithic apps]
(At least it's finally made it onto the iPad, after about a 6 month wait ....)
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||AugustFalcon||11/29/13 11:59 AM|
Actually, its not as bad as I made it out to be if you are a G+ member. If you are, the way it is supposed to work is for the other person to send you a Location link. It then appears in your stream as a post from them with a link to their location which, when clicked, will open in Maps on your device and you can then select it as a destination (I think --- haven't actually tried selecting it as a destination yet. Going to give it a try in the next few minutes.)
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Larry Davidow||11/29/13 1:06 PM|
If you know your significant other's google account info, you can use the Android Device Manager to pinpoint their location. You need to enable this on their device.
Enable how to - https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3265955?hl=en
Use the feature - https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager
It's obviously not going to work for social location sharing, but if you're keeping track of your kids (what I use it for), it works great. I just pull up the page on my phone browser and pop in their google creds and I can locate the phone within a few seconds.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||Troll_named_Kranq||11/29/13 1:11 PM|
Tried that several times myself. Does not work between nexus 4 and Sony Expedia Z..
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||madonis||11/30/13 9:54 AM|
Socialmaps, www.socialmapsapp.com, has real time location of your friends, and also directions to them. It will also alert you when your friends come within 500 meters.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||c1211||11/30/13 1:13 PM|
Why would any adult want their travel plans exposed on a social media website like Google+ or Facebook? Everything I view online now wants me to sign in with Google+ I don't use these websites and I am not comfortable with the further exploitation of my information.
Things like Latitude are being remove from Maps to save space for..... wait for it.... yep, advertising by Google.
P.S. I just noticed this post even has an option to link my google profile, my god!
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||dave.j.cousins||12/3/13 5:08 AM|
Your description about the new "locations" is spot on. The new Locations Map is useless in terms of search utility and Navigation utility. I'm constantly touching nearby landmarks to find info about the neighborhoods and nothing happens.
Sure there a other location Apps, but all of them are monolithic and useless, they don't have the map engine of Google Maps sitting behind the veil.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||omcsilva||12/3/13 4:36 PM|
Yesterday I found on my 4.1.2 Android a widget called "Google+ User Location", that can ease some of the pain of missing Latitude. It shows on your home screen a stack of frames with your friends map location, one of a time. There's a refresh button right on the widget. To change friend, just swipe the widget vertically. It comes standard with Google+ for Android.
|Re: Latitude gone, and its replacement is a huge downgrade||dave.j.cousins||12/3/13 5:31 PM|
Google+ Locations is a gutless app. Once you find your friend that's it. The options to navigate or search nearby are gone. You have to memorize their positron and switch apps. A stupid app, when it previously was integrated inside the map app.