In early 2017, Google added a feature to Google Maps that lets you share your (near) real-time location with your close friends and family. Now you're making this information with another important little detail: the battery charge of your phone.
It looks like this:
Wondering why anyone could care about the status of your battery? 19659002] When you try to ping a person's location and their phone is dead, there's not much that an app can do. Most location sharing apps just sit there and spin while waiting for some sort of response. You need to think about all the reasons why your phone might not respond to a current location. Did you lose the signal? Has anyone stolen his phone?
If you find out if someone is dying on the phone, you have at least a better idea of what's going on.
The people of AndroidPolice did that in a Google Maps APK rips back in February, so we knew it was on the way. Some people have mentioned that it appears on their devices (including variations that only occurred at low battery power), but today it seems to be live for a much larger audience.
While the feature is clever, Google is not the first one to think about it. For example: Zenly, the social map app acquired by Snapchat last year, already had a similar function at launch in 201