Google retiring Latitude on August 9th, Google+ Locations the chosen successor

Google+ Locations

Google is now starting to roll out an updated Google Maps for Android & iOS, which was demoed at last month’s I/O. Alongside today’s news, the company has confirmed that Latitude, its location-sharing service, will be closing on August 9th.

All Latitude components, which include mobile apps, website, API, and badges, will be shut off in August. The service will be replaced by Google+ location-sharing and check-in features.

Google+ Locations launched earlier this year, providing similar functionality to Latitude allowing your circles (you may also choose it to be shown publicly, to certain individuals, or just you) to see where you are currently. Also, any places you check-in to will be shared with them. Today’s news should come to no surprise, as Google pushes its social network into more of its products.

After August 9th, Google will delete your friends on Latitude, stop sending privacy reminders, and remove the check-in option from the mobile apps. Google will continue to support itsLocation Reporting and History tools but will aim to push users to Google+ Locations over time. Android users already have access to Google+ Locations, with the feature landing in iOS soon.

Google Latitude was originally called Dodgeball, until Google acquired the service 2005. Rebranded in 2008, Latitude was Google’s competitor to Foursquare, allowing users to track their friend’s movements and check-in to locations.

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‘Google Places For Business’ Released for iOS Devices

Google has a new app in the iTunes app store for verifying and updating your Places/Google+ Local listing on the go.

Google Places For Business does what it says on the tin: “Google Places for Business is the best way to get your business on Google and be found across Google Search, Maps, Mobile, and Google+”.

The app, first reported on by iClarified can be used on your iPhone or iPod Touch with the following features as listed by Google:

  • Verify your business listing directly from your phone
  • Update your business information: hours, address, contact information, and description
  • Post beautiful pictures of your business on your local Google+ page
  • Track web traffic going to your listing
  • Manage multiple business locations from one app

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Google+ Local Place Page Updates

 

Today brings many updates to Google+, and here I take a look at the changes that have been made to Google+ Local Place Pages.

 What’s Changed?

The first thing you will notice if you visit a Place Page that hasn’t yet added a cover image is a huge map showing the location of that page. This can easily be changed by uploading a cover image, but I personally think it looks great!  The other changes include the re-positioning of the review and favorite buttons.  The rest of the page below this remains the same, however.
So overall the changes help to bring Place Pages in-line with all the other updates we have seen today and hopefully this was encourage more businesses to claim their places and update their profiles.