iPhone users not already content with the likes of Foursquare and Facebook can now also use Google Latitude to ‘check-in’ to their favourite places.
Latitude, in case you were unaware, is a so-called ‘location-aware’ service that allows users to view the current locations of their friends. Google had recently updated the Android app, which enabled users to also selectively broadcast their locations on Latitude, by checking into places of interests just like Foursquare and Facebook. Well, finally iFans with a Google complex can do the same too.
The search giant posted in its blog: “Now, you can also choose to check in at specific places, such as your favorite restaurant or a park, to add more context to your location.
“You'll be able to not only let friends know that you’re just around the corner but also let them know the actual coffee shop that you’re at in case they want to join you.”
Where Latitude stands out from the competition is that you can also set the app to automatically check you out when you’ve left a location.
“If Latitude is set to continuously update your location, you’ll also be automatically checked out when you leave. This way, friends aren’t left guessing if you’re still there or not before heading over to join you for a latte,” Google noted.
To get started, simply bring up the map and tap on the desired location which will bring a screen for that particular location. There you may tap the ‘Check in here’ button. You can also check-in your friends and publish your location to the public on your Google profile and the web.
Not being particularly original, Google has also taken cues from Foursquare’s ‘mayorship’ feature to award users with the titles ‘Regular’, ‘VIP’ and ‘Guru’ for checking-in to places frequently.
Latitude is currently available to iOS devices running 4.0 or higher and is free to download from the App Store.
Google Mobile Blog