Google Maps will bring Google Latitude like feature which let users on Android and iOS share their real-time location with friends, family and colleagues automatically, all while trying to keep a mindful eye on privacy.
Google Maps Gets Real Time Location Sharing
The feature will roll out soon worldwide.
How it works.
In Google Maps app, you will be able to slide out the side menu / navigation drawer or just tap the blue dot marking where you need to tap “share location”. From there on, the app will provide you options to choose contacts to whom you want to be share your precise location with and for how long. The time period interval ranges from 15 minutes up to 3 days. You are also provided an option to “until you turn it off” setting. Since in which reminds you even with email reminders that you switched it on.
Then, Google Maps will share a location link via your preferred messaging app to a map. The link recipient from his device can monitor your real-time progression to brunch or an important appointment. The recipient then can keep track of your location on any of Android, iPhone, and mobile / desktop web browsers.
A good feature in Google Maps is that you can turn off real-time location sharing at any time. That means you can turn it off before the your applied timer ends. Plus, an icon appears above the compass on your device screen to remind you whenever real-time sharing is active with anyone. Real-time location sharing can also be enabled from the turn-by-turn navigation screen. Once you’ve reached your chosen destination sharing will automatically end.
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Google-owned Waze app also had similar features. Adding to this Google itself has a new app Trusted Contacts, that allows real-time location sharing and now location sharing comes in Maps too.
Google has been adding a ton of features to Maps like parking spot reminders when you left your vehicle parking, and sharing your favorite local places spots with friends. The Geolocation competition between Apple Maps and Google maps is tug of war.