Google Latitude Bug Said to Be Fixed; Still Not Working for Some

    June 7, 2012

Following up on yesterday’s reported outage of Google Latitude, Google+ Community Manager Jade Wang posted an update in the Google Maps help forum about the Latitude problem:

We recently noticed a bug in Google Maps for Android 6.8 that affected Latitude. We are aware that service was disrupted for some users, and we apologize. We have been working on the situation and have implemented a fix.

To implement the fix, please upgrade to Google Maps for Android 6.8.1. Open the app and tap on the “Join Latitude” icon from the drop-down menu from the top toolbar to sign into Latitude.

Despite the solution, several Latitude users posted replies in the thread stating that the proposed fix did not in fact fix Latitude for them. Although Wang offered the later suggestion that Android users should try the old turn-off-and-turn-on reboot, users still reported that Latitude wasn’t working for them after following the advice.

Checking in the desktop version, I’m still met with the same “Unknown Location” location that I was seeing yesterday (evidenced in the lead image).

As far as a possible Android fix is concerned, one user, rgrhcs, posted in the forum with this suggestion:

Ok so after uninstalling Maps from my Android and then reinstalling the newest version 6.8.1 and rejoining Latitude it appears to have fixed the issue, but it will require all other people using it to the do same to allow for there location to also be updated and viewed.

That same user then appended, “Hopefully this helps you get Latitude back working like it’s current crappy self….”

So…. good luck, everybody?

We contacted Google for an update on what’s going on with Latitude and to comment on why the proposed update doesn’t appear to be working for all users, but as of writing this we’ve yet to hear anything. In the meantime, anybody out there that’s experienced this bug had any success with Google’s proposed fix? Anybody discovered a different solution? Or is Latitude still not working for a lot of folks? Let us know in the comments.