Google Latitude iPhone App Released, Google Voice App Updated
Article by George Norman
On 17 Dec 2010
You can now forget about the Google Latitude web app that was released as a web app not a native iPhone app, simply because Apple said so. Google Latitude fans will remember that Google developed a native Latitude iPhone app, but Apple decided that a web app would be a better choice; so Google was forced to release a Google Latitude web app instead.

You can forget about it because Google has rolled out the native Google Latitude iPhone app and Apple welcomed it into the App Store (check this link). The app is available in over 15 languages and 45 countries. It is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad; it requires iOS 40 or later.

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What can you do with the native Google Latitude iPhone app? Software Engineer on the Google Latitude Team, Chris Lambert, explains:

“With the new Google Latitude app for iPhone, you can see where your friends are and now, continuously share where you are – even in the background once you’ve closed the app. Use the app to:
  • See where your friends are
  • Share your location continuously with whomever you choose
  • Contact friends by phone, text message, or email
  • Control your location and privacy.”

Moving on, it was a similar story with the Google Voice app as well. Google came up with a native Google Voice app, Apple did not let it into the App Store, Google released a Google Voice web app instead, an FCC enquiry ensued, then Apple changed its mind and welcomed the native Google Voice app in the App Store this November (App Store link here). The native app, which allows you to send text messages to US numbers for free, make international calls at cheap rates, get transcriptions for your voicemail messages, and manage your Google Voice account, has been updated to version 1.1.

Google Voice 1.1 comes with the following new features:
- Support for iPad and iPod Touch has been added.
- Click2Call feature that allows you to initiate Google Voice calls with your phones. After you click the “Call” button and select which of your phones you want to ring, Google Voice will call your phone and then connect your call.
- So you don’t get multiple notifications, text forwarding is automatically disabled when you enable Push Notifications.
- The “Do not disturb” feature that we reported on back in April has been added to the app. You can find it in the Settings tab.
- A dedicated Contacts button has been added to the Dialer tab, making it easier to place calls from the address book.
- The app offers a more streamlined texting experienced; the annoying OK dialog that showed up every time you sent an SMS has been removed.



Tags: Google, Apple, Google Latitude, Google Voice, iPhone, iPad, App
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