The American multinational company has formally removed the plug on its Trusted Contacts application. It was primarily presented in 2016, the application provided its clients with a way to share their device activity status and location with designated contacts. It has now vanished from the Google Play store as well as from Apple’s App Store. Google will too avert support for the application starting from 1st December. It will follow a series of measures that the company has taken recently to improve its products and services. Trusted Contacts follows in the footsteps of the firm’s 2 other location sharing applications that are Google Latitude and Google+ Location Sharing that were tussled previously.
Trusted Contacts was 1st inaugurated solely to Play Store for Android users. After a year, it was made accessible for the users of iOS through the App Store. By then, it was combined with Google Maps and delivered valuable features such as letting a trusted contact to be summed through an email address. But it gradually lost its shine.
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People who still have the app as installed; they should know that the company will end support to it after 1st December. The website has posted a notice that declares the date. The tech giant is encouraging the users to use the feature of location sharing, which today also contains live location which is a functionality of trusted contacts on Google Maps as an alternative. People who wish to upload a list of their trusted contacts also have till 1st December to do it from google’s official website.
In a comparable move, the company is also planning to remove Hangouts. It recently proclaimed that it will be moving the users from Hangouts to Google Chat that is nowadays a part of the re-structured Google Workspace sometime next year. Users of Hangout will be encouraged to use Meet which is also a part of Google Workspace for video calling and it will be starting from November. The support for Hangouts will legitimately come to an end in 2021.