WhatsApp is giving its over 1 billion users another reason to keep coming back to the app multiple times a day all credits to the live location sharing.
New Live Location Update for WhatsApp!
Instant messaging app WhatsApp successfully launches a new location update. This new feature allows you to share your live location in real-time with family or friends.
WhatsApp, of course, already gives you the option to share your current location with other users, but that’s a static, one-time share. They key difference with live location sharing is that it is dynamic and updates your location in real time, even when WhatsApp is in the background.
Live Location is surely a simple and secure way to let people know where you are.
This end-to-end encrypted feature lets you control who you share with and for how long. Meanwhile you can choose to stop sharing at any time or let the Live timer simply expire.
“Live location is a way to share your location in a chat and the participants in that chat will then be able to see your real-time location as it updates on a map. [It’s] short-term in nature, it’s limited in duration,” Zafir Khan, Product Manager at WhatsApp confirmsc while giving a demo of the feature earlier this week.
This upgrade is available on both Android and also iPhone. The final version will be rolling out in the app in the coming weeks.
Functionality of the new upgrade:
– Open a chat with the person or group you want to share with.
– Under “Location” in the attach button, there’s a new option to “Share Live Location.”
– Choose for how long you want to share and tap send.
– Each person in the chat will be able to see your real-time location on a map.
– If more than one person shares their Live Location in the group, all locations will be visible on the same map.
Impact on Battery Life:
“Our engineering team spent a significant amount of time optimising battery and performance for this feature,” Zafir Khan explained. “We have special techniques to help conserve your battery when sharing live location. So it takes into account a number of different factors. This includes to show long you’ve been sharing your live location, whether someone on the other end who you are sharing with is actually looking at the map, your current battery level.”