Google+ Android Adds Location Sharing After Google Latitude Shuts Down

Aug 15, 2013 • 8:08 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Maps
 

Google LatitudeGoogle quietly announced on Google+ that they have added "location sharing" features to Google+ for Android.

This was expected since Google Latitude died and was being shut down. We knew Google wanted to integrate latitude-like features into Google Maps and Google+ and this is their first attempt at doing so.

Virgil Dobjanschi, Google's tech lead for Google+ Android applications, explained the new features added to Google+ for Android to enable location sharing.

Location sharing includes more controls: Starting today you can share your pinpoint or city-level location with others (if you want), and you can do so on a circle-by-circle basis. For example: you can share your pinpoint location with family, and your city-level location with co-workers. You can also use circles to filter who appears on your “Locations” map.

Here are some pictures:

Google Location Sharing via Google Maps AndroidGoogle Location Sharing via Google Maps Android

There are many other features added to version 4.1 of Google+ for Android, but location sharing is a big one.

The other features include:

  • Account and page switching is a lot easier
  • Google Apps for Business features are now fully supported
  • Google Drive photos & videos are now accessible from Google+
  • Messenger is going away, Hangouts is sticking around

Forum discussion at Google+.

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Comments:

Mail Dover

04/19/2014 07:47 pm

Found a cool location sharing app - this one lets you to see also friend's battery and signal, so you know when they have issue without bothering them when they are on the move. Check it out! and its free, no ads - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.maildover.locsharefree&hl=en

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