Google has formally pulled the plug on its Trusted Contacts app. First launched in 2016, the app supplied customers a option to share their gadget exercise standing and placement with chosen contacts. It has now disappeared from each Google Play retailer and the Apple’s App Store. The tech large can even cease help for the app beginning December 1 this 12 months. 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 12 months and a few upgrades later, it was made out there for iOS customers through the App Store. By then, it was built-in with Google Maps and supplied helpful options like permitting a trusted contact to be added through e-mail tackle. 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 reside 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 identical transfer, Google additionally plans to kill Hangouts. It lately introduced that will probably be transitioning customers from Hangouts to Google Chat that’s now part of the re-branded Google Workspace (beforehand G Suite) someday subsequent 12 months. Hangout customers shall 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 12 months.
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