Lattitude Refresh rate in Google Maps

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    When you are watching friends using Latitude in Google Maps, I see it say, updated "10 minutes ago", or whatever time. What/who determines the frequency of the update? Can I change it for my friends or only for me or not at all?
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    Did you ever figure this out? I am curious myself. Like on my GF's Droid it shows me updated every 10-25mins. For some reason on my droid though she won't refresh for days sometimes.

    I think I am going to give the that GPS calibration post I saw in another thread.
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    yeah my girlfriends location is usually at least 10 hours behind. Another friend, with an Eris is usually "only" 40 minutes off or so.

    Makes Latitude completely worthless.
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    Not sure what phones your gf and "other friend" have but my fiance, my dad, and my brother who have either android phones or a blackberry theirs is updated on constantly, only true updates however come when someone moves from their location, so it may say that it was last refreshed 10 hours ago due to the fact that they havent moved, i know windows mobile phones you had to actually open the app and iphones well yeah they only work as well when you open the app, unlike the android and blackberry phones that always have it running in the background.
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    All very good information. Thank you very much.

    So....this of course leads me to the next scenario and question.
    Let's say my friend and I are parked next to each other. If he drives away from me, can I actually see him moving on my map or does it just put him farther away from me as I refresh the screen?

    Please don't think that I am lazy. I know that I could test this out myself, but as these questions just popped up in my head, it is1:30am here and I am in no position to test it out right now.
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    I tested this one time with my GF. We were at her sister's and I drove off with with my Droid while she tracked me on her Droid. She said it "auto" refreshed every few mins and each time it showed me further and further away. However one other time when I was with her dad she said at one point it showed me moving in real time. I believe lattitude isn't working at its peak. Lol hopefully it will get better.

    On her Droid as long as I move it refreshes my location. That's without me opening Google Maps and/or refreshing my location. On her location though it won't refresh on my phone untill I open her maps app and refresh her location. Which makes me wonder if I might have an app that pings my location and while at it refreshes me in lattitude. IDK lol
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    I think but i might be wrong on this one will try to test later on tonight, but if you have the map actually open or are using the nav feature of google maps and someone tries to see where you are they may get the actual location and not just that radius thing that you see normally in latitude.
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    All good stuff.

    Let us know what you find out!

    Thanks all!
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    If you enable latitude history you can see where you have been. It appears it updates every 10 minutes or so.
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    It doesn't seem to work like that for us, she has a droid, he has an eris. Her current location is 5 miles off and 3 hours old and his is 10 miles off and 20 hours old. They are both at their homes right now. I was with the friend last night when we moved away from the location his its still showing, and he didn't turn gps off.
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    GPS doesn't work so well under a ceiling. If both people are out in the open, it will show each others location in real time.
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    I saw a post on setting Latitude History - is that done on iGoogle on the PC or are there Latitude settings within Google Maps that I just don't know about (or can't find)?
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    On a PC search for lattitude history and then login and enable history.
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    Perfect. Thanks, that will help.
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    This is completely untrue. I've seen my friends leave work and I know they are enroute home (like a 40 minnute drive) and Latitude will still showt hem where they were 10+ minutes ago.

    When my wife and I both had blackberries Latitude updates were constant. I could drive down the road and my wife could watch and would know exactly where I was. Not the same on our Droids for some reason.

    It's one of the very few things I noticed the blackberry did better.
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    I have noticed it helps when the person uses there phone. I know whenever I load the browser it locates me. when It does that it updates my latitude for my gf.
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    Glad I'm not the only one having the refresh issue.
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