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Google Maps location sharing now adds phones battery life

06 August, 2018, 00:00 | Author: Tara Roberts
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He further added that Google Maps is not a simple navigation tool.

That way, rather than sending out regular ETA updates, users can simply open Google Maps and see for themselves where you are.

In brief: Friends and family can now view your smartphone's remaining battery life if you decide to share your location via Google Maps.

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Google is now rolling out a new feature for Maps. You will see that contact's information, including their name and location, as well as the option to get directions to where they are.

This safety measure could put worries at ease for users concerned why they haven't heard from a friend - possibly because their phone died - and now users can check. Just note that it's shared automatically when sharing location data, and there doesn't appear to be a way to toggle it off. You can also set the duration of location sharing to a few hours or even indefinitely. It's not clear if you can turn the battery life indicator off if you don't want to share that information. Instead of giving the exact battery level, it only provided an estimate, something along the lines of "Bob's battery is between 50 and 75 percent". Now, the feature will also share your phone's battery status when location sharing is enabled. At that time we were expecting that it will provide a user with approximate battery levels. However, then a new feature was tested only in the web version of the map service and did not apply to the application. The location sharing feature on it is available from ages but it uses to work differently compared to its current state.

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