What happened to the real time tracking of friends in Latitude? The feature used to be there, but I cant find it anymore

  • Can you be more descriptive because its right here for me.
    – roxan
    May 26, 2012 at 4:06
  • I can still see where my friends were several minutes ago, but I can't find the option of getting updates every several seconds. There used to be an option "track this person for 15minutes" but I cant find it now
    – Kurru
    May 26, 2012 at 5:48
  • OK I understood. I assumed different thing when I said that.
    – roxan
    May 26, 2012 at 14:13

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According tho this post, that feature was removed as of version 5.10 of Google Maps app because it was never properly working.

  • This is very upsetting for me :( Loved real-time updating, and only now does someone I care for following have an Android :-/
    – Kurru
    May 27, 2012 at 3:47
  • Google rep said that this feature was not working, and most of the time did the opposite, so I wouldn't miss it if I were you :)
    – Chahk
    May 27, 2012 at 13:31
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    I find their reasoning hard to believe
    – Kurru
    May 28, 2012 at 0:31

You can just press "refresh"-- and it will really give you second-by-second changes so long as the person you're looking at has their GPS on.

If location is set to "Network"- then it only updates when they change towers.

This is much more battery-efficient, it seems.

  • Yea, I am aware that GPS is expensive since its an additional chip to be enabled. While using mobile phone towers is given effectively for free, since you're going to be connected to the cell towers already.
    – Kurru
    May 27, 2012 at 3:44

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