Google has formally pulled the plug on its Trusted Contacts app. First launched in 2016, the app supplied customers a solution to share their gadget exercise standing and site with chosen contacts. It has now disappeared from each Google Play retailer and the Apple’s App Store. The tech big can even cease help for the app beginning December 1 this yr. The transfer follows a collection of measures that Google has taken lately to optimise its services. Trusted Contacts follows within the footsteps of Google’s two different location sharing apps — Google Latitude and Google+ Location Sharing — that had been scrapped earlier.
Trusted Contacts was first inducted solely to Play Store for Android customers. A yr and a few upgrades later, it was made accessible for iOS customers by way of the App Store. By then, it was built-in with Google Maps and supplied helpful options like permitting a trusted contact to be added by way of electronic mail deal with. But it slowly misplaced its sheen.
For those that have the Trusted Contacts app put in nonetheless, Google will finish help to it after December 1. The web site has put up a discover that says the date. Google is prompting the customers to make use of location sharing characteristic, that now additionally consists of stay location — a performance of trusted contacts — on Google Maps as a substitute. Users who want to obtain a listing of their trusted contacts even have until December 1 to do it from the web site.
In an analogous transfer, Google additionally plans to kill Hangouts. It lately introduced that it is going to be transitioning customers from Hangouts to Google Chat that’s now part of the re-branded Google Workspace (beforehand G Suite) someday subsequent yr. Hangout customers will likely be prompted to make use of Meet (additionally part of Google Workspace) for video calls beginning November. The help for Hangouts will formally ends subsequent yr.
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