Google Maps Introduces Location Sharing Features

Launched in the meanwhile and rolling out shortly to all prospects, Google Maps is adding two new sharing choices to its iOS app.

The first operate permits for Uncover My Friends-style location sharing. From the app's menu it’s possible you’ll select 'Share Location,' which presents selections for the best way prolonged your real-time location could be shared, and who it’s going to be shared with.

The second sharing operate is the additional attention-grabbing one in my ideas. It enables you to share your Google Maps journey data. Daniel Resnick provides the details:

Subsequent time you’re in your means or working late, it’s possible you’ll share your real-time location and journey progress from navigation as correctly. All through your subsequent journey, faucet the “More” button on the underside on the navigation show, after which faucet “Share trip.” Whilst you share your journey with people, they’ll see your anticipated arrival time and will observe your journey as you head in the direction of your trip spot. Sharing robotically ends everytime you arrive.

Although the two sharing choices perform principally the an identical carry out, one of these trip-specific sharing seems the cleaner, simpler decision for lots of conditions. The occasion of working late and wanting to supply real-time updates to those you're meeting is an environment friendly one. In that state of affairs, you obtained't want to fiddle with deciding on a specific time interval in your location to be shared – it’s possible you’ll overestimate and should manually flip off sharing, or underestimate and have your location stop being shared sooner than you attain your trip spot. Journey-specific sharing appears to be like as if merely the becoming decision, and it's a operate I'm desirous to take a look at.

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