Google Latitude to be retired on August 9

Google Latitude is about to enter the search giant’s junk heap.

Google announced on Wednesday that Latitude, its location-aware application that allows users to share where they are with others, will be retired on August 9. When that day rolls around, users will no longer be able to share their location and their friends list will be deleted. Third-party applications that use Latitude will also see that feature stop working.

The news was part of a broader announcement of a major update to Google Maps. The update was detailed that, which includes a new Explore feature for finding places of interest around a location and support for tablets.

In anticipation of its retirement, Google Latitude was left out of the Maps update.

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