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

Google brings its Trusted Contacts app to iOS, Android version gets more features

Also noteworthy is what's under the hood: This is the first version of the app that's universal for iOS devices, meaning that the same code is at work across the iPad, iPhone, and even the Apple Watch. At 56%, total app revenue growth over the past year was just a quarter of what Netflix posted, implying that the subscription video service is doing a great job at signing users up to its platform on mobile.

The app is created to share your location with your closest contacts. Denying the request says you're OK, but in the original version, if you didn't respond within five minutes the device's location was automatically shared with the contact. But because I'll be alerted to requests, I'd happily add them to this app. Users can now proactively share their location with their in-group or search for the last place a friend or loved one was active on their phone if they suddenly go silent, no matter their OS.

The app also allowed contacts to receive your phone's location if it's offline - for occasions like hiking - when you might be in an area without coverage.

Trusted Contacts app promises to help the users connect with the people they care about the most or at times when they need them the most. This will allow users to easily enable permanent location sharing with selected contacts and find them directly within Google Maps. One can add contacts in the app to start sharing whereabouts with friends and family.

Google has also expanded support to nine 9 languages including Amharic (Ethiopia), Greek (Greece), Persian (Iran), Bahasa (Indonesia), Macedonian (Macedonia), Burmese (Myanmar), Nepali (Nepal), Serbian (Serbia) and Urdu (Pakistan). The app is Google's answer to Facebook Safety check feature.

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