Google has officially pulled the plug on its Trusted Contacts app. Very first launched in 2016, the app made available end users a way to share their gadget exercise standing and spot with picked contacts. It has now disappeared from each Google Perform retail outlet and the Apple’s App Shop. The tech giant will also end help for the app commencing December one this 12 months. The move follows a series of measures that Google has taken lately to optimise its items and providers. Trusted Contacts follows in the footsteps of Google’s two other spot sharing apps — Google Latitude and Google+ Spot Sharing — that had been scrapped earlier.
Trusted Contacts was initially inducted solely to Perform Shop for Android end users. A 12 months and some upgrades later on, it was produced accessible for iOS end users by way of the App Shop. By then, it was integrated with Google Maps and made available valuable functions like making it possible for a trusted get in touch with to be additional by way of electronic mail deal with. But it gradually misplaced its sheen.
For individuals who have the Trusted Contacts app set up nevertheless, Google will finish help to it after December one. The website has place up a observe that announces the date. Google is prompting the end users to use spot sharing attribute, that now also involves dwell spot — a performance of trusted contacts — on Google Maps as a substitute. Consumers who want to download a listing of their trusted contacts also have until December one to do it from the web page.
In a comparable move, Google also ideas to destroy Hangouts. It lately announced that it will be transitioning end users from Hangouts to Google Chat that is now a component of the re-branded Google Workspace (previously G Suite) sometime subsequent 12 months. Hangout end users will be prompted to use Meet (also a component of Google Workspace) for video calls commencing November. The help for Hangouts will officially ends subsequent 12 months.
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