Google has formally pulled the plug on its Trusted Contacts app. First launched in 2016, the app provided customers a technique to share their system 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 may even cease help for the app beginning December 1 this yr. The transfer follows a sequence of measures that Google has taken not too long ago to optimise its services and products. 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 obtainable for iOS customers through the App Store. By then, it was built-in with Google Maps and provided helpful options like permitting a trusted contact to be added through 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 contains 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 identical transfer, Google additionally plans to kill Hangouts. It not too long ago 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 yr. 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 yr.
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