Google Maps Just Added Real-time Location Sharing

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Google is working hard to add more and more functions and we can not deny that it is working hard to make its competitors like Apple Maps uneasy.

The location-sharing feature will debut Wednesday in an update to the Google Maps app and on personal computers. With the latest update, all you need to do is park your vehicle, open Google Maps, and tap on the blue location dot.

You then choose who you want to share your location with and for how long-length varies from 15 minutes to three days. I wasn't able to pull up location sharing on my Google Maps app in Seattle but it appears to be available in some regions. The only thing you'll need to remember is to open Google Maps as you exit the auto and tap on the blue dot that shows your current location. In other words, if you rely on the search giant's services, such as Gmail and Maps, the company probably knows a lot about you - including the locations that you visit. This way, you can answer the "when will you get here?" question before it's even asked.

But the new feature could also put Google in a tough spot if people use it to remotely stalk others.

To use the new feature, you will have to upgrade your Google Maps on Android to v9.49. If the recipient doesn't have the Google Maps app on their phone, it will text them a link to open the location on the map in a browser. In this case, sharing automatically ends whenever you make it to wherever you're headed.

It's really easy to share your location or "trip". Plus, if you've ever had to race the meter maid back to your auto to avoid a ticket, then you'll love the timer part of the feature. This joins "see places near you", "report blue dot issues" and the dreaded "calibrate blue dot compass" in terms of options. It's a bit like Apple's Find My Friends app, but we think it'll be way more useful built into Maps rather than needing to do not forget to open a second app.

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