Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Maps' new feature can help others 'track' your smartphone's battery

Google Maps' new feature can help others 'track' your smartphone's battery

Google has quietly updated its location sharing feature in Google Maps, including details that might calm your friends and family's fears if you suddenly disappear from the map.

The feature was first discovered by Android Police, revealing that Google Maps now bundles battery information with location data.

"You'll be able to keep a watchful eye on how much battery life they have left".

Now, there will not be as much cause for worry if someone's location drops off because you will be able to rest easy knowing it could just be because their phone died.

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It simply means whatever battery percentage a person's device is having will be delivered to the person checking his/her location. The new battery life indicator will be useful in that it will easily give context to the sender's behavior. Google is also planning to expand the new feature to other regions of the country and is seeking help from the government authorities for the same.

Google Maps is widely used all around the world and it has recently been pumped full of new features, like personalized recommendations. The previous implementation was less accurate, however. Of course, sharing your location with a friend remains voluntary in the Android application. The new feature is being introduced in India to tackle the public urination and defection issue that has been a menace for quite long. It's not clear if you can turn the battery life indicator off if you don't want to share that information.

It is being reported that the tech giant is now working towards the addition of the public toilets in the Google Maps.

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