The UK Android population are still eagerly awaiting the latest firmware release for the T-mobile’s Google phone, the G1. The lastest software update, also know as RC33, has been rolled out over much of the USA already. Apart from improved efficiency, resulting in reduced battery consumption, RC33 brings Google’s slightly controversial Latitude and Voice Search. Latitude allows users to share their location with friends by link up with the inbuilt GPS. Many people fear that it will result in people spying on each other, but this is really just the usual Google bashing, as users do not have to use Latitude, and can choose who they share with. Also location can be manually set. Ultimately Latitude, along with applications such as Compass and HereIAm could become essential safety and survival tools. Once 100% GPS and 3G coverage is achieved, hill walkers ans mountaineers may never get lost again (battery permitting). I tested HereIAm on the train last night, and although it warns to only take a GPS reading while stationary, I managed to get an accurate reading.
So, when will the UK get RC33? Our sources suggest that it is now only days away. One week tops.