Google Latitude location history alternatives?
July 10, 2013 5:32 AM   Subscribe

With Google retiring Latitude in a month's time, what alternatives are there?

Ideally, I'd have something that works on both iOS and Android devices in the background, that stores a private location history permanently and allows real-time location sharing with a restricted list of friends based on geolocation data (rather than check-ins). Does such a service exist, or can these features be found in one of the mainstream Latitude-esque competitors?

(previously, a long time ago)
posted by Talkie Toaster to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've also been looking for a service that will do this.

I've been using Foursquare for the past few days, and I've set all of my check-ins as private. I will probably keep using it because it syncs nicely with Sunrise, which lets me see everywhere I've been sorted by date on my calendar.

I'm open to alternatives though. Looking forward to other answers.
posted by rensar at 5:45 AM on July 10, 2013

Isn't the social location sharing feature being migrated over to Google+? It's not there yet, but it's supposed to show up before the sunset date for Latitude.
posted by chengjih at 5:54 AM on July 10, 2013

Also, the Google Search app on iOS now includes Google Now, which allows you to (optionally) automatically save a location history. According to Google, it does not use GPS and has a minimal effect on battery life. It allows you to pull up your location history on Google Maps and Google Earth, which could be useful.
posted by rensar at 5:55 AM on July 10, 2013

Best answer: My family uses Glympse when travelling. It works on iOS and Android, and read-only through the web. You can set a group of people that will get the link, and set an expiration time. Those people can view your location in real-time, as well as speed and (our favorite) an ETA.

Glympse can now permanently store your Glympse history in an Evernote notebook.
posted by eafarris at 6:28 AM on July 10, 2013 [1 favorite]

Yeah, it looks like Google+ will be taking up the torch.
posted by Grither at 6:54 AM on July 10, 2013

Okay, but will that have the same location tracking functionality as latitude?
It's not clear.

If it is just Check In based than it is basically useless to me.
Also, they are killing the API which is what the app Backitude uses to make latitude actually any good at location tracking.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 7:05 AM on July 10, 2013

Response by poster: Let me clarify by saying that I have no desire to sign up to Google+, so I'm not really looking at solutions which go down that road. Furthermore, the indications are that there will not be any iOS support.
posted by Talkie Toaster at 7:08 AM on July 10, 2013

Best answer: Glympse was the best of the social sharing options last I looked.

If you just want your own location data for personal use, OpenPaths is nice. The iOS client is very gentle on battery life and the whole thing is designed for simple storing and downloading of data. OTOH I have some worries about the future life of the service and wouldn't mind an alternative.
posted by Nelson at 2:06 PM on July 10, 2013

Response by poster: Thanks for the replies.

Glympse looks pretty good, but I'm disappointed by the limited duration (4 hours?!) although I can see why they did that. SMS invites work, but I have not been able to get email working, nor does the Evernote connectivity appear to be functional (I successfully connected my account but have not seen written despite selecting "save to Evernote notebook"). The developers also need to have a good look at the iOS Human Interface Guidelines.

In contrast, OpenPaths looks excellent and is a pleasure to use — even if it only replaces some of Latitude's features.
posted by Talkie Toaster at 7:55 AM on July 11, 2013

I'm sort of hoping that when the API goes down Backitude will do a feedly.

Backitude already does the location gathering. It only uses latitude for storage.

Admittedly I have no idea how hard that would be to do.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 1:48 AM on July 12, 2013

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