Official Google Latitude App Launches in App Store, Then Pulled?

Google Latitude exists as a standalone app for Blackberry and Android users. For iPhone users, there is only a web app. It appears that Google has released an official Google Latitude app in the App Store. The app was available in Japan, and other European countries as well. The description is in English:

With Google Latitude, see where your friends are right now. Latitude lets you stay in touch with your friends and family by making it easy to share where you are and see each other on a map.

With Latitude, you can:

  • See your friends on a map – find out who’s nearby and meet up.
  • Share your location continuously with whomever you choose – help friends and family stay in touch with you, even when you can’t take out your phone.
  • Control your privacy – share only city-level location, hide your location, or turn off background updating at any time.
  • Latitude lets you share your location in the background, even when the app is closed or your device screen is locked. Background updating requires an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 with iOS 4 or above.

You can also enjoy Latitude from your computer at to see where your friends are or turn on optional apps such as Google Location History for a personal history dashboard.

It appears it was slated for an International App Store roll out, but at the time of writing this the app has been mysteriously pulled. Did this somehow leak out by mistake?


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