You will be able to set a time limit on how long you are sharing your location, and the app will notify you that your location is being shared whenever you are in it, so that you don't inadvertently forget.
And if you're using Google Maps for driving directions, the update will allow you to share your location and route with whoever you want, providing them with an up-to-date ETA.
The location-sharing feature only works if you decide to share your current location with a specific person, and you can limit how long a friend sees your location.
The reason is that this constant sending of location data can wear down mobile phone batteries much quicker.
Many service that update location in the background instead tend to ping towers to see if you’ve moved periodically.
Here's a look at how it works: The new feature looks simple enough to use, requiring only that you tap the blue dot that indicates your location and then select "share my location." You can share your location with anyone in your Google Contacts list, regardless of whether they are on i OS, Android or on a computer.
You will also have the option to bypass Google Contacts and copy a link to send to any recipient.
Get Google Maps 4.6 for Android 1.6 and above everywhere Maps is already available.
If you're the type of person who texts your friends "I just left, I'll be there soon" when you're really about to step into the shower, you're not going to like this news: Google is updating its popular Maps app with new features to let friends view each other's location in real-time.
Interestingly enough, Google envisions these updates being most useful when planning a surprise birthday party.
I’ve been a fan of the Google Map API for some time now.
If you own an Android phone and like to use Google Maps on your handset which is highly likely, then hear this out – Google Maps for Android has been updated to v4.6 which brings an interesting set of new and enhanced features including option to receive real time Latitude related updates and much more.
Soon Google Maps users worldwide will be able to answer those questions in just a few taps, without ever leaving the app.
But one of them is really interesting: real-time location updating in Google Latitude.