Remember that infographic we showed you a little while ago about shuttered Google services? Break out a sharpie, because Latitude is going on that list. Starting in August, the location sharing service will be dropped from Maps.
This change is effective because Maps is seeing an update. With the new interface and features of Maps, Latitude just didn’t have a place. Instead, there will be social functionality, and users can check in on Google+ for Android, or share their location. There is no iOS feature set right now, but they’re working on it. From the Google Blog:
One important change you should know about is that Latitude and check-ins are no longer part of the new Google Maps app, and will be retired from older versions on August 9. We understand some of you still want to see your friends and family on a map, which is why we've added location sharing and check-ins to Google+ for Android (coming soon to iOS). More details about Latitude and check-in changes can be found in our help center.
This is a very natural progression for Maps and Google+. Latitude was a relic of Google past, a time when services were born and sometimes forced to work together, but often times didn’t. Google+ is the social thread that binds so many services together, meaning things like Latitude can be jettisoned easily.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a great Maps app than Latitude.