Google resurrected a passed product on Wednesday and no one beheld (GOOG)

co-founders Sergey Brin, left, and Larry Page

AP/Ben Margot

Google has built a $580 billion sovereignty by gripping a innovation
engine using forward of a competition. But on Wednesday the
company pulled off an impressive, and curious, feat: it
wowed the open with an 8 year aged idea. 

Google unveiled a new
set of facilities for a renouned Maps
 app that lets users
share their locations with friends and contacts in genuine time.
Thanks to this update, Google Maps users will now be means to
fast let friends know if they’re using late to a assembly or
stranded in traffic. 

It’s a constrained idea. And if you’re wondering because Google never
suspicion of this earlier, a answer is, it did. 

In 2009, when smartphones were still in their infancy, Google
introduced something called Latitude.

The Latitude app, to quote
Google’s blog post announcing it
, “allows we to share
your plcae with your friends and to see their approximate
locations, if they select to share them with you.” In other
words, it’s almost the accurate same underline that Google is now
touting as a prohibited new thing.

Take a demeanour during a dual side by side.

Here is Google Latitude, circa 2009:

 Google LatitudeGoogle

And here is a screenshot of a new Google Maps plcae sharing

 Google MapsGoogle

The interfaces demeanour roughly accurately identical, even though
record has changed dramatically during a past eight
years (the initial chronicle of Google Latitude was
for Blackberry phones).

At a time Latitude was launched, a app drew widespread
remoteness concerns. Privacy International, a European watchdog
group, published a news highlighting a risk that users might
not be wakeful Latitude was enabled and could so have their
whereabouts tracked. A Google
orator told Computerworld during a time
that a company
takes user feedback about privacy seriously and was
adding notification facilities to warning users when Latitude
was incited on. 

Hello, again

Eight years later, a remoteness concerns haven’t left away, though by
and large, a cheer has been a footnote to a story. Instead,
many of a coverage has focused on a advantages of sharing
plcae — for example, permitting relatives to keep lane of their
smartphone-toting children — not fear-mongering of how it could
go wrong.

The universe has altered given 2009 when Google initial tried
this. Two billion people are on Facebook’s amicable network.
Millions of people wear bracelets that record their physical
activity. The new prohibited gadget du jour is an
eavesdropping microphone-speaker device with an trusting name
like Alexa that consumers willingly put in their kitchen
to get quick continue updates and sports scores. 

It’s not a initial time we’ve seen a once argumentative tech
products resurface in new wrapping a few years after and receive
a most warmer reception. Just demeanour during how most cooler
people consider Snapchat’s camera-recording sunglasses are usually a
few years after Google Glass.

The Google Maps plcae pity quip is a good
sign about how fast record moves and how liquid our
clearly deeply-rooted governmental norms competence indeed be.

More importantly, it’s a good time to simulate and take
batch of accurately what we give adult (and what we gain) each time we
welcome a latest life-changing tech toys and services.

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