Glympse vs Google Latitude App Review

Posted on March 4, 2011


If you’re like me, you worry sometimes. Worry if you’re spouse got to work ok. Worry if your kids are alright through the night (and check on them often). Well, let’s take a look at two apps that will help alleviate some of those worries for you. The best part about both of these is this: they are both free.

Google Latitude:

What does it do? It allows you to track your friends/family’s locatioins in real time (but only if they have given their permission of course…no freaky stalking allowed). Speaking of navigation, this guy bumped me really hard, almost knocking me at, at the supermarket. And he didn't say sorry! I wanted to tell him, Do yourself a favor and read this while pointing him to my iPad. Argh. Anyway, you open the app and refresh the page and touch the icon/name of the person you want to locate, it pulls up Google maps showing the location of that person (or last known location if they’re phone died).

Pros of Latitude:

  • It’s free
  • The ability to easily incorporate your gmail contacts and ask if they’d like to join your network
  • Ability to update your location on your Google Talk status
  • Very easy to set up and use
  • Privacy settings so people you don’t want people to know where you are (if you want a quiet evening out with your spouse without anyone trying to meet up with you)

Cons of Latitude:

  • The location update settings tend to lag


Glympse does a lot of what Google Latitude does…but it’s better. Far better. It’s a location app, but here’s how it works: you pick numbers or emails of people you want to know your location, pick how long you want to send out your location (15 minutes, 2 hours, indefinitely), hit send and they are sent a link to the Glympse site that will keep them updated on your location (even announces how fast you are traveling if you’re in the car). Once you’ve sent out the links you can still go back and edit how long you want to be tracked and even cancel the invitation altogether.

We used this app while moving across the country so our family could see real-time updates on our travel progress.

Pros of Glympse:

  • You can share your location with someone who doesn’t have a phone (they can open the link via email)
  • Customize everything about your location sharing (even pick a picture to display of yourself)
  • Add a personal message to the invitation to explain why you are sending the invitation
  • Add or subtract time as to how long your location can be viewed
  • Updates CONSTANTLY so you know your exact location is being broadcast

Cons of Glympse:

  • Unlike Google Latitude you cannot check your friend’s/family’s location – the other party must initiate your ability to view their location
  • Because this app updates constantly, it does drain your battery life

Both apps have their strong points, but if I had to some up the best strengths of each it would be this:

  • I like Google Latitude because the other party doesn’t have to initiate or approve your seeing their location (If the hubby is on his way home from work and it’s taking extra long, I can quickly click and see where he is on the road without calling him and distracting his safe driving).
  • I like Glympse because you can customize your location sharing and location is updated in real time.

Overall, I give Google Latitude 3.5 out of 5 stars and Glympse 4 out of 5.

Glympse - Location Sharing Made Simple - Glympse Inc.

Google Latitude
Google Latitude - Google

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