Google has upgraded its Google Latitude for iPhone app by allowing users to check in to see where their friends are. Google also opened Google Places for iPhone to 30 languages.
21 added check-in capability for its Google Latitude application for Apple's
iPhone, opening the friend-finding program's game mechanics to a potential 100
million new users.
check-ins for its Latitude application
for Android smartphones in February, allowing users to check in to restaurants
and other places from their mobile phone.
The idea is
that friends in the area can see their Latitude friends have checked in and
join them in if they choose. Also, Latitude may be set to continuously update a
user's location so that when a user leaves a shop, he or she will automatically
be checked out.
Google had yet to make these capabilities immediately available for the iPhone.
Now, iPhone users can tap the check-in button to start checking in at nearby
places and boost their status to regular, VIP and then guru for frequent
visits. Users in Austin can check in
to claim offers at more than 60 shops.
who wish to check in to Latitude must update their Latitude application, which
requires Apple iOS 4 and later, from the iTunes App Store. The application is
available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch, though background
location updating is not available on the iPod Touch.
upgraded its Google Places for iPhone application to let users access
personalized Hotpot recommendations for places in 30 languages. The search
this application in January, allowing
users to search for local businesses and personalize results based on ratings
also now features a saved-places feature users may access by signing into their
Google account and tapping the new Saved icon on the application's main screen
to see all the places they've saved or starred from the iPhone application,
google.com/hotpot or maps.google.com.
made a fervent push
to port all its mobile-application
functionality created for Android to the iPhone, which more than 100 million
people use. More users mean more mobile ads to serve, which is Google's bailiwick.