Crunch Report | Google Maps Launches Location Sharing with Others

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Google Maps Introduces New Location Sharing Feature With Real-Time Friend Tracking

Google today announced an update coming to the iOS, Android, and desktop versions of Google Maps will introduce a way for users to share their real-time locations with friends and family. Google’s update differs from the location sharing in Apple Maps, Messages, and Find My Friends, which all lack the ability to follow friends around on a map in real-time.

In Google Maps on iOS, users will be able to tap into the app’s side menu, choose “Share Location,” and pick from a selection of approved contacts who will see their current location. Contacts are pulled from existing Google accounts, and users can also send links through Messages to friends who aren’t on their contacts list when they need to share their location.



After a user’s location is shared, their chosen contacts will see where they are within Google Maps, represented as a small face icon that moves in real-time according to where the sharer is located. A small icon above the compass in the app will remind users that their location is being shared for the period of time they requested, but they can also choose to end sharing early.

Google today posted a video to detail a real scenario where its location sharing feature could come in handy, focusing on the creation of a surprise birthday party. The video also shows off how users can share their car trips with friends, so they can see an ETA on when the sharer should be arriving.



Google said that location sharing will be rolling out worldwide sometime soon. Google Maps can be downloaded for free from the iOS App Store. [Direct Link]

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Google Maps now lets you share your location with friends and family for a specific period of time

 Google Maps has today launched a new feature to allow you to share your location with others. While that might seem creepy, it’s not the first to add this type of functionality. Facebook tells you when a friend is nearby – it even lets you “wave” at them and gives you the option to send a message if they holler back. Foursquare’s Swarm lets you check in wherever… Read More

Google Maps lets you record your parking location, time left at the meter

 Google Maps has just added a handy feature that will help users remember where they parked. This appears as a new menu option when you tap the blue dot, and will place a “P” icon on the map so you can find your way back to your spot. While remembering your parking location is something Apple Maps has done since the launch of iOS 10, Google’s implementation is a bit more… Read More

Google Maps Updates Mobile Apps With ‘Lists’ to Keep Track of Favorite Places

Google Maps today updated its iOS and Android apps with a listing feature that lets users save and add their favorite locations to customized lists, which they can subsequently share to friends and family. Once a list is created, users can also follow other people’s lists for inspiration when visiting new cities.



To add a location into a list, navigate to it in the Google Maps app and tap the “Save” button to choose from a collection of pre-set lists, or users can create their own custom lists. In the left-handed menu on the app, “Your Places” will hold all of the lists saved in Google Maps and also includes share cards to send to friends via text, email, or social networks. When opened inside of Google Maps, users can then choose to follow a shared list so it’s always saved within their own “Your Places” tab.

Is your bucket list etched in your memory, or scribbled on a dozen post-it notes scattered around your home? Have you ever promised out-of-town guests an email full of your favorite spots, only to never get around to clicking send? Starting today, you can create lists of places, share your lists with others, and follow the lists your friends and family share with you—without ever leaving the Google Maps app

Lists will be made available to view offline, so if users download the data for an area prior to visiting, they can continue to use both the GPS and list features of Google Maps even without an internet or cellular connection. The update will be rolling out to users on iOS and Android throughout the day.

Google Maps is available for free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Google Maps redesign puts traffic, transit, places and more at the bottom of the screen

screen-shot-2017-02-06-at-9-22-02-am Google Maps is getting an upgrade today aimed at putting the information you need most often within easier reach in the app’s interface. With a swipe up from the home screen, you’ll now be able to view things like the current traffic conditions – and how that impacts your ETAs to home and work – as well as transit schedules, places to eat or drink, nearby ATMs,… Read More

Google wins ‘right to be forgotten’ battle in Japan

google-shop13 Google has won a long-standing battle in Japan that drew parallels with Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling. The Japanese Supreme Court today dismissed four cases against the U.S. company seeking the removal of allegedly defamatory comments in its Google Maps service, including one high-profile case involving a medical clinic. Back in April 2015, the Chiba District… Read More

A Google Maps error has turned Bangkok into a gigantic park

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