First, let us recall what the perfect opportunity gave us Google when proposed a universal thing like Google Latitude. It tracked your location and helped to stay connected with your close friends. It was an easy, fast and reliable way to see your family, children, friends without any additional efforts. Unfortunately, Google decided to close their Google Latitude API and make it available only for supported by Google platforms… and Windows Phone is not the one which is supported. We’ve been waiting for Google to come up with new API, were looking for an alternative solutions but nothing happened.
So let’s talk about the subject! Realizing that we won’t get any good news about Google Latitude for Windows Phone, we decided to make our own Simple Latitude service and we did it!
For your attention – Simple Latitude for Windows Phone!
It is not a first version and not the last one. Symple Latitude will be improved and be evolved based on your feedback. It became more convenient and useful tool than an old one. The service is unique for Windows Phone. To make it really easy to start we use the anonymous windows live id account to authenticate you, that is why no need to enter a username/password in order to start using the application. You can login as an anonymous user and the app will track your location history for you. You can even re-install the app or launch it on another Windows Phone using the same live id account and your data will be safe and available. And don’t worry about security, we are storing your data at the Microsoft Azure secure servers using a secure connection.
The main idea is to track the user’s location and keep the story of his adventures. By the way, now the history can be viewed directly from the application. And we know that you wouldn’t like to lose your existing history. You should not worry about it! All the history that you have accumulated while using the application as anonymous users will be merged into your new created account! Moreover you can continue use the app as an anonymous user with limited functionality.
Now we’ve added some features for authenticated users only which allows you to be connected with your friends and relatives.
One of the most important features is friend list and connections. You can find friends right in the app, send them your invitations and accept theirs. All your friends are listed in the separate screen and sorted by distance. On the main screen we have added 2 buttons which can help you to show/hide friends on the map and to show/hide history of your trips. And we also improved history tracking algorithms to avoid extra data to be send and stored.
Simple Latitude keep work as in active mode, such in background (data is updated every half hour).
All this is available for you! And further more!
So, let’s make a conclusion about new options of Simple Latitude v3.2:
- account creation
- anonymous history migration
- search for friends and send invitations
- friends on the map
- list of friends sorted by distance
- new efficient algorithms of the location history tracking
- windows phone 7.x support!
And that’s not all! We have great plans for developing Simple Latitude and we are waiting for your wishlist.
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Are you still there? Then go to the marketplace, download Simple Latitude, enjoy and don’t forget to left your reviews and wishes for the feature. Please, remember, that only with you help we can make the app easy, convenient, and useful!
We appreciate your feedback.