Even though the new Android G1 update from T-Mobile, RC33, is Cupcake-less, it has still created quite the stir on the Intertubes. As early as today, Google Latitude will be available in the update, which is rolling out to T-Mobile G1 users from now through Feb. 15. Google Latitude is friend-location software that utilizes a combination of cell tower triangulation and GPS to let you know where your friends and family are. CNET-TV Senior Editor Natali Del Conte got a preview of Latitude and says:

"What Google Latitude does is allow you to share that location with friends and family members, and likewise be able to see friends and family members' locations," Steve Lee, product manager for Google Latitude, told CNET. "For example, a girlfriend could use it to see if her boyfriend has arrived at a restaurant and, if not, how far away he is." 

I suppose a girlfriend could also see where her boyfriend SHOULDN'T be, which underscores some potential privacy issues. Fortunately, Google Latitude allows for some customization - you can select certain contacts that you want to "hide" from so your location data is not available to them, or you can deactivate the feature altogether. Hopefully it will be accurate enough to really pin people down because this service would be extremely useful for finding friends amongst a sea of people at a large convention, for instance.

When update RC33 shows up on your G1 and Google Latitude is enabled, how will you use it? Are you worried about privacy issues?

[gizmodo and cbsnews]

 
There are 11 comments

Dan says:

Sounds like it would be a useful feature... if any of my friends used anything by google ever... (exasperated sigh) does anyone else have this problem? does everyone else have this problem...?

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gPhunk says:

I won't use it. Sounds like a background app that will eat up my battery even more. The G1 does a good enough job doing that on it's own. Additionally, if I wanted to see where someone was, I would CALL/SMS and ask where they were.

Brian Hart says:

@gPhunk - yes, calling and texting are fairly easy to do, especially with the G1's full QWERTY keyboard :) Many people will likely not be bothered by the potential privacy issues, but there will be those who don't want to bother with it. It will be interesting to see how many people use it. Hopefully there won't be a severe battery drain.

Bolaji says:

The background app probably will eat up battery life. But the GPS remaining on actually takes up very little life.

With that being said. I will test it out for a couple days and see just how much life is lost from the app. I just need my phone back from htc first...

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Yoshi says:

I got the update head on over to XDA they have it posted its pretty cool as far as what was added to it. Not quite cupcake but definitely some improvements

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kenny says:

The update rc33 was good. I was impressed. As for the"cupcake" , I think since the g1 is googles baby, that they are going to make the g1 better than I phone. I think its the most exciting phone on the market so far and its only going to get better. I beleve google is working on the cupcake at this moment. Waiting is the excitment. You know its coming.

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