Been happily stalking your friends and families over on Google Latitude? Well, it looks like the days will be over because along with the maps update announcement yesterday, Google also said that they will be retiring Latitude. This means that Latitude in Google Maps for Android, Latitude for iPhone, the Latitude API, the public badge, the iGoogle Gadget and the Latitude website will be gone by 9 August 2013.
But don’t be too sad yet of course, while the search giant is axing its Latitude service, you can still have similar check-in service on Google+ for Android, and will be coming soon to iOS.
If you treasure your Latitude service, do note that by that date, Google will be deleting your friends list though, your Location History will still be stored in the Location History dashboard.
While location sharing will no longer be possible with Latitude, there are still actions you can take with your location information:
Share using Google+
You can share your location with your friends on Google+ using the Google+ Android app. The ability to share your location on Google+ on iOS will be coming soon.
Control Location Reporting
If you only used Location Reporting for Latitude sharing, your Location Reporting will be disabled. You can enable Location Reporting afterwards if you’d like to turn it on for location sharing via Google+, Location History, or other uses.
Control Location History
If you use Location Reporting and have Location History enabled, your location data will continue to be recorded to your Location History. You can view and manage Location History data on the Location History dashboard.
More information available on Google.