About four years ago, Google developed a location-aware app for mobiles, touted as Google Latitude. Made to offer users easy access to the location of their friends on Google Maps, the internet search giant has now taken a decision to shut down the Latitude services, following August 9th.
With this decision, Google will delete users’ list of friends on its Latitude app.
The services that Google is resolute to take down include Google Latitude in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget and the Latitude website.
This news came few days post Google’s decision to shut down Google Reader, which supported various application used to serve news and information to users.
Amidst the decision to shut down its services, Google also announced taking out a new version of Google Maps for the iOS and Android users, touted as version 7.0.
Take a look at the firm’s upcoming Google Maps at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVg7hx3srzo&feature=youtu.be
With main spotlight on Google+, it seems as if Latitude suffered at the firm’s hand due to the lack of focus. Google+ for Android lets users check in to locations using Yelp and Foursquare. With this, users can also share current locations in new posts.