Google has created a new app which has been dubbed as Trusted Contacts that can automatically share your status and location with your friends or loved ones.
In essence, Google has described it as a personal safety app that opens a direct line of sharing between you and your loved ones.
So, whether you're online or offline, in an emergency or just need reassurance, Trusted Contacts app promises to help the users connect with the people they care about the most or at times when they need them the most. Especially, it could be of great help during the time of crisis or any emergency.
Basically, the whole idea behind Trusted Contacts is that it will allow users to locate or be located and communicate with friends and family. It looks to provide loved ones some peace of mind.
The Working Mechanism
Once you install the Android app, you can assign "trusted" status to your closest friends and family. Your trusted contacts will be able to see your activity status whether your moving around recently and are online just to quickly know if you're "OK".
The app's sharing feature lets you share your actual location with your trusted contacts. And if your trusted contacts are really worried about you, they can request to see your location.
If everything's fine, you can deny the request. But if you're unable to respond within a reasonable time-frame, your location will be shared automatically and your loved ones can determine the best way to help you out.
Alternatively, the app can be used as a virtual companion. So if you are travelling, you can use the app to share your route with a trusted contact so they can track your ride and make sure you made it safely to your destination.
When your journey is over, you can just push the button on the lock screen or at the top of the screen to stop sharing.
Although Trusted Contacts has been designed to be a personal safety app, as with any location-sharing feature like this, privacy can come into play as well.
Jealous boyfriends, abusive spouses, or nosey friends can spy on your whereabouts at all times if you leave the app passively running in the background. Well, it's up to you to carefully choose who you want keeping track of your location.
The Trusted Contacts app is available on the Play Store for Android users and will soon be available on iOS devices as well.