After the retirement of Google Reader on July 1st of this year it did not stop. Another Google Service, Google Latitude is going into retirement on August 9th. Google Latitude is a location aware app that allows you to track people (with their permission), share locations and routes and more. Google is taking Google Latitude off because they want to focus more on Google +, which already supports location sharing and check-ins, but unfortunately lacks important features such as navigating a friend’s location or viewing your location history. As off August 9 you will no longer be able to share your location using Latitude, and your list of friends on the service will be deleted. But don’t despair, because there are some great (but not as great) alternatives to Google Latitude that you may not know about. Read the top 4 Latitude alternatives below:
This app is one of the easiest and fastest location aware services, because you don’t need to sign up or set up a friends list. People that you want to share your location with receive a link that allows them to view your location and ETA for the length of time which you use, which is great for people that like to live a private life, because when the Glympse timer expires your location is no longer visible. You can send a Glympse via email, Facebook, Twitter or SMS and users can view it with any web device.
2. Find My Friends
This app is very similar to Google Latitude, but it is for iOS. You sign in with your Apple ID (the ID that you use for iCloud) and add friends by sending them a request. Once they accept it they can see your location and you can see theirs. You can choose to share your location for a limited time for a group of people, and there is the option of hiding your location. If you have iOS 6 the app has location-based alerts which can come in handy if you are a parent who wants to be notified when their kids get to school safely.
Foursquare is a little different than Google Latitude. It is an initially an app to find new places to go, such as restaurants, clubs and bars, and to see where your friends like to go. When you open the app you get instant suggestions for places such as breakfast spots, restaurants or sights. You can see when your friends are nearby, view your friends’ reviews rather than reviews of total strangers off the internet, keep track of your own location history, like and dislike places and leave tips for your friends and see what your friends are doing.
4. Life360 Family Locator
This app is great for people that are close to their family or like to keep track of what their young kids are doing. You can see your family locations on a private app (you need to be invited before you can see it). You have the option to choose when to share your location (for if you ever get enough of having your family around), get alerts when family members reach their favorite locations, and chat one-on-one or with a group. The app can be great for if you want to spend more time with your family but it can also make you feel safer, because you can easily keep track of where everybody is.
I think that these alternatives work fine, but if none of the do for you, you can also use the Google + Android app to share your location with friends, but this app doesn’t have all the same features, like tracking your friends and seeing who is nearby.