Google kills off app that let you find loved ones’ location during an emergency

Google will discontinue its emergency location sharing app Trusted Contacts in December, and has already yanked it from the Google Play Store. Instead, it’s directing current customers to attempt comparable however much less useful options in Google Maps. That’s a disgrace, as a result of whereas Trusted Contacts may let you find a member of the family even when they don’t reply (say, if they’re unconscious or at risk), Google Maps requires them to proactively broadcast their location to you.

The announcement was fairly abrupt:

Google’s electronic mail announcement
Ian Carlos Campbell

Google Maps has been in a position to do actual time location sharing since 2017, however once more, you must opt-in to fixed monitoring, sharing your location with different folks on a regular basis as a substitute of solely broadcasting it to loved ones if you don’t reply. Trusted Contacts, by comparability, permits you so as to add folks to your contacts who you’d wish to immediately share your areas with in case of emergency. If one arises, your contacts can request a standing replace to see if you’re alright and you can reply along with your location to reassure them. If you don’t reply, the app robotically shares your final identified location to allow them to ship for assist.

When Google initially launched Trusted Contacts, it created this GIF to point out the way it works:

Folding different apps and options into Google Maps has been Google’s technique for some time, however the Maps function doesn’t really feel fairly as useful. And whereas it’s doable the Trusted Contacts app didn’t have plenty of customers, those that have been relying on it might want to find one thing else.

Google is ending help for the app in December, however you’ll have the ability to obtain your contacts out of your Trusted Contacts web page till the app is shut down. Until then, you would possibly as nicely get aware of Google Maps’ tackle location sharing.


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