Google has formally pulled the plug on its Trusted Contacts app. First launched in 2016, the app supplied customers a technique to share their system exercise standing and site with chosen contacts. It has now disappeared from each Google Play retailer and the Apple’s App Retailer. The tech large may even cease assist 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 and products. Trusted Contacts follows within the footsteps of Google’s two different location sharing apps — Google Latitude and Google+ Location Sharing — that have been scrapped earlier.
Trusted Contacts was first inducted solely to Play Retailer for Android customers. A 12 months and a few upgrades later, it was made available for iOS customers through the App Retailer. 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. Nevertheless it slowly misplaced its sheen.
For individuals who have the Trusted Contacts app put in nonetheless, Google will finish assist to it after December 1. The website has put up a discover that asserts the date. Google is prompting the customers to make use of location sharing function, that now additionally consists of reside location — a performance of trusted contacts — on Google Maps as a substitute. Customers who want to obtain an inventory 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 recently announced that it will likely 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 assist for Hangouts will formally ends subsequent 12 months.
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