Google trusted contacts officially pulled from app stores


Google has officially removed the listing from its Trusted Contacts app. First launched in 2016, the app offered users a way to share their device’s activity status and location with selected contacts. It’s now gone from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. The tech giant will also stop supporting the app from December 1 of this year. The move follows a series of steps Google has recently taken to optimize its products and services. Trusted Contacts is following in the footsteps of Google’s two other location sharing apps – Google Latitude and Google+ Location Sharing – which were discontinued earlier.

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Trusted Contacts was first inducted exclusively on the Play Store for Android users. A year and a few upgrades later, it was made available to iOS users through the App Store. At that time, it was integrated with Google Maps and offered useful features such as adding a trusted contact via an email address. But it slowly lost its shine.

For those who have still installed the Trusted Contacts app, Google will end its support after December 1. The website posted a notice announcing the date. Google invites users to use the location sharing feature, which now also includes live location – a trusted contacts feature – on Google Maps. Users who want to download a list of their trusted contacts also have until December 1 to do so from the website.

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On a related note, Google also plans to kill Hangouts. It recently announced that it will transition users from Hangouts to Google Chat, which is now part of the renamed Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) next year. Hangout users will be prompted to use Meet (which is also part of Google Workspace) for video calls starting in November. Hangouts support will officially end next year.

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