Google launches location sharing app 'Trusted Contacts' for Apple iOS devices

Google Trusted Contacts iOS app goes live: Android version updated

Google says via its official blog, 'In preparation for a situation where you might need help but can't answer your phone - imagine you get lost while hiking and lose service - you can choose how long to wait before your location is automatically shared with a trusted contact who asks for your location.

Google has launched 'Trusted Contacts' for Apple iOS devices months after the launch of the Android version. Last December on Android we introduced the Trusted Contacts app, a new way for you to let your friends and family know you're safe. However, Google Play is growing faster - it's up 72% since past year, compared with 52% revenue growth in the App Store - and will become more crucial as Android penetration increases in emerging markets. But because I'll be alerted to requests, I'd happily add them to this app. The app can work even if the battery of the phone is dead. It also would share your last known location five minutes after the location request was made.

Users can also add trusted contact by their mobile phone numbers in addition to the previously available option to use their email address.

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Over on Android, there's Google's Trusted Contacts app, which pretty much does the same thing. For example, if I'm organising a cycling club ride, it would be handy to share my location on the day of a ride to make it easier for everyone to find me at the start. Finally, the app has been updated with new language support: there's now Burmese, Bahasa, Macedonian, Nepali, Urdu, Serbian, Persian, Amharic, and Greek.

The New York Times unveiled a new version of its iOS app yesterday.

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