Google will share your location and your battery status, how about that?

04 August, 2018, 06:33 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • Sharing your location in Google Maps will now include your device's battery life

Back in June, a host of new personalization features were launched, including streamlining the process of locating restaurants, cafes, and other places to eat and drink. It's a helpful feature for keeping an eye on your friends and relatives and making sure they're safe.

Last year Google implemented a location sharing feature within Google Maps so that friends and family could keep track of one another.

So when someone shares their location with you, that will appear on your map. The receiver will now get your location along with your battery percentage.

The feature was first spotted in February by tech website Android Police when it did a teardown of the Google Maps v9.71 beta. If they also know your battery is about to run out, they'll be less anxious if you go quiet.

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We tested out the battery percentage on both ends and it is fairly accurate.

Some might consider this odd and somewhat of an intrusion on already shaky privacy grounds by Google, while others may love it, as it instills a sense of urgency if something goes awry, and the person needs to be located, plus you will know they went AWOL because their battery died rather than bust your head over more nefarious theories. So you might want to be careful when telling someone you didn't pick up their call because your phone was dead, as they might already know the truth.



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