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Here is a scenario you've probably experienced, just like the majority of the human beings inhabiting the planet: you are at this really cool place and you want to invite a bunch of friends over, but giving them directions on the phone proves as difficult as teaching a cat to bark. Or you are on your way to a rendezvous point and you want someone else to keep track of your location, just so they know when you are about get there.
How do you do that with the help of your smartphone? Well, as with many other things, there is more than one way of sharing your coordinates with someone else, and in this how-to guide, we'll describe several methods of doing that on an Android smartphone.
Google Latitude is built right into Google Maps, and unless you are an Android newbie, you have probably heard about the feature before. The application allows you to see the location of your friends on a map, and vice versa. Their position can be viewed both on a mobile device, be it a smartphone or a tablet, or on a computer via the Latitude web interface. Isn't that cool? Here is how you use it:
1. Open Google Maps
First, open Google Maps and select Latitude from the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner. If this is your first time using the service, you'll probably get a message saying that location sharing isn't enabled on your device.
2. Enable the required services
Tap on the message. That will take you to the location reporting settings in Google Maps. Enable location reporting and location sharing. You must also make sure your GPS radio is turned on. You either enable it via a dedicated widget or by going to Settings>Location Services and allowing the use of GPS satellites.
(Note: the menus you see in the screenshots might look slightly different on your device. That's okay.)
3. Add people to your friends list
Now it is time to add friends you want to share your location with. Go back to the Latitude menu in Google Maps and open the Friends List. You can invite friends from your contacts list or via email. Once they accept your invitation, you should see them on the map.
4. Enjoy Google Latitude
And there you have it! It should be all fine and dandy now. If you ever wish to stop using Google Latitude, go to the Settings menu in Google Maps and disable the location sharing options. Note that you can also remove friends from your list of people allowed to track you. Google Latitude is also available on other popular mobile platforms, so feel free to spread the word!
But that is just one of the ways of telling people where you are. On the next page we'll go over two other handy applications that can also get the job done.