Remember Google Latitude? do you know, that service embedded inside Google’s Maps application that not solely provides you a real-time update of precisely where your friends are, but additionally permits you “check into” locations that you are visiting?
If you do not use it currently, maybe you will be. Slightly additional features inclined to sign in currently that Google’s engineered alittle gaming part into the app. the most recent update to Google Maps on the Android Market adds a leaderboard part to Latitude. Check into a location and you will be taken to a leaderboard screen that shows you what number points you have accumulated for all of your varied check-ins that week. New check-ins get two points; repeat check-ins get one point.
And, yes, that has automatic checkins you will earn points while not really having to tap your screen to physically check into a selected location, farewell as you have previously told the app to automatic publish whenever you are at a selected destination.
All of user’s Google and contacts to this point seem on the leaderboard, and there is no indication nevertheless that Google plans to permit users to limit their leaderboard audience to varied Google and circles (e.g. “close friends” rather than “everyone”). Google’s remaining fairly tight-lipped regarding the long run integration of Latitude’s leaderboard into Google plus as-is.
That said, a message inside the new Leaderboard feature indicates that Latitude is certainly coming back to Google plus in some capacity. however when? And how?
“Your points could also be visible to alternative Google+ users, making it easier to search out friends and play together. As always, your location and check-ins are visible solely to those whom you have shared, reads an outline inside the app’s “Who will see my points?” pop-up window.
According to Engadget’s Terrence O’Brien, the leaderboard feature does not seem to be live for all Latitude users just yet, even for those that have downloaded the most recent update to the Maps application. thus do not stop your Tweets, Foursquare check-ins, Facebook updates, and alternative such location-sensitive standing announcements simply yet, although Google would certain love it if you did once Latitude’s leaderboard goes live for everybody.