Google Maps update brings a nifty feature to location tracking

04 August, 2018, 06:33 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Sharing your location in Google Maps will now include your device's battery life

This update was originally reported by Android Police back in February but TechCrunch reports it's now rolling out to both Android and Apple iPhone devices.

When you share your location with someone in the Google Maps app, it will show up on your friend's map, and they can then use that information to get directions to exactly where you're located. That way, you'll know if their phone is about to die and stop updating their location.

Google added location sharing to Google Maps previous year, helping solve the problem of guessing how long it'll take for you to arrive at a restaurant (and whether your friends should go ahead and order without you).

"Google Maps is not just about navigating from point A to B. We have been building for India, addressing the unique challenges and opportunities, with the sole aim of making Google maps more comprehensive, accurate and reliable", Google Maps for India, Program Manager, Anal Ghosh said. If you check the location of a contact, you'll also see what percentage their battery is at too.

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Google has announced adding a nifty feature to its Google Maps users that includes the battery level (of the user's phone) in the set of information that they share.

The figure is updated when location itself is updated, and appears to be a direct reflection of the battery level shown on the user's phone.

Google has been revamping many of its maps features over the past few months, with more expected to come as 2018 continues.

"You'll be able to keep a watchful eye on how much battery life they have left".


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