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Google Maps location sharing now adds phone's battery life

Google Maps location sharing now adds phone's battery life”

The district south of downtown and alongside San Francisco Bay known as either Rincon Hill, South Beach or South of Market this spring, was suddenly rebranded on Google Maps to a name few had heard: the East Cut.

The feature was first noticed by Android Police during research into Google Maps' 9.71 software beta.

Although around since February of this year, a new feature is nearly unknown to most of the frequent Google maps users till date.

But the feature might only be new to some - meaning Google could be quietly rolling it out in different locations at separate times.

Now, when someone shares their location with you, the Maps app will not only show you where they are, but also display their phone's battery status.

Once you share your location it will appear on the receiver's Google Maps.

If you wish to try out this feature, simply open the Google Maps app, tap on the icon with three bars (also called the hamburger button) and then select location sharing. It's not clear if you can turn the battery life indicator off if you don't want to share that information.

The other India-specific feature being tested now for the Google Maps is the real-time bus transit information tool. As noted by Mashable this week, battery updates could even prove useful for people who have lost their devices. The receiver will now get your location along with your battery percentage. You'll now be able to reference Google Maps to ease the situation a little bit. You can check out the new feature on both iOS and Android versions of the app today.



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