Google just announced that it will be discontinuing its Trusted Contact service that it launched back in 2016. The service offered users the ability to share their location with their trusted contacts in case of an unsafe or emergency situation. Other information like the user’s device’s battery life could also be shared with their trusted contacts.
The Trusted Contact Service is already being removed from the App Store and Google Play Store, and for users who have already downloaded the app, it will be taken down on 1st of December, according to Google. Users of the app can also download its data until 1st December.
The apparent reason behind Google taking this decision is that more or less, the same functionality is being offered in Google Maps now. The company must have decided to offer the functionality through one app only, rather than offering two different apps with that provide similar service. Therefore, it’s not like users will be completely deprived of the Trusted Contacts service.
Google Maps allows live sharing of location with trusted contacts. Users can also check the distance between them and their trusted contact via Maps.