Technology Google Maps may let you share your battery life

15:07  12 february  2018
15:07  12 february  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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a hand holding a cellphone© Provided by Engadget Ever wanted to know if someone made it home safely, but didn't know if they had enough battery life to stay in touch along the way? You might not fret quite so much about it in the future. Android Police has spotted code in a Google Maps beta for Android that hints at sharing your remaining battery life alongside your location. You'd only get a generic range (likely because charge levels can change minute-to-minute), but this could be helpful if a friend's phone is running low on their way home from a night out.

Appropriately, the Maps code also alludes to sharing your mass transit trips with others, including the exact time you arrive at a given stop. There would also be shortcuts for favorite stations, potentially to influence Maps' directions.

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It could be a while before you see these updates in an app you can use, assuming they show up at all. Hidden code like this can persist across multiple releases and might get cut if it's not ready or doesn't work as expected. However, the combination suggests that Google wants to do a lot more with location sharing than it has in the past -- it'd offer better insight into what you're actually doing.

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