Google maps will be able to share location in real time from 2017, but again, users must choose to join in continuous tracking and share their location with others all the time, rather than broadcast it to their loved ones when users don’t respond. Trusted contacts, by contrast, allow users to add people to their contacts who they want to share their location instantly in an emergency. In the event of an emergency, the user’s contact can request an update status to see if they are OK, and the user can reply to their location to reassure their relatives. If the user doesn’t respond, the app will automatically share the last known location of the user so they can send someone for help. < / P > < p > it’s Google’s strategy to fold other applications and functions into Google maps, but the map features feel less valuable. While it’s possible that the trusted contacts app doesn’t have many users, those who want it will need to look for something else. < / P > < p > Google will end its support for the app in December, but users will be able to download their contacts from the trusted contacts page until the app closes. The report shows that the number of app store purchases soared in the first half of this year due to the impact of covid-19