Google Maps Introduces Location Sharing Features

Google has come up with a new service of sharing the real time location with the person you want him or her to know. It worked well in areas that were not congested, but when it came to multi-storey auto parks, the location could even be off by a few blocks and the parking reminder was of no use. Tap "Share location" and then select who among your Google contacts to share with and how long to share. Beyond just using it for turn-by-turn directions, you can now use Maps to remember where you parked, find reviews for nearby restaurants and avoid heavily congested areas. The feature shall work in both Android and iOS.

The upgraded UI introduced with the upcoming update to Google Maps shows how not only locations sharing, but certain features from the Trusted Contacts app have been integrated into the Maps ecosystem.

Ever get a message asking, "When will you get here?" when you're 30 seconds (or 30 minutes) from your destination? While using the navigation feature, simply tap on the "More" button found at the bottom of the display and then select "Share trip".

Google is quick to note that you can turn off real-time location sharing at any moment - including before the timer you originally chose runs out.

Users on Android and iOS will soon be able to share their real-time location with friends; thanks to Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Maps. In the video you can see someone arrange a surprise birthday bash for a friend.

Further, one can also share trip progress from navigation as well. Soon you will be able to with Google Maps share function.

Along with real-time location, users will be able to share their trip progress and their expected time of arrival.

Given that, it's noteworthy that the changes don't include any new ways for Google to make money from Maps. If "Share trip" is used, "where are you? and when do you think you'll get here?" texts and phone calls are over.

The location-monitoring feature will begin rolling out Wednesday in an update to the Google Maps mobile app, which is already installed on most of the world's smartphones.