Google Maps introduces Your Timeline, that knows everywhere you’ve been lately, because as the name suggests, it will relay your past itineraries on the map.
Fortunately, this timeline feature is only visible to yourself, so at least all your past routes are not displayed all over the internet. But the feeling that someone is constantly watching you is pretty hard to shake off. It actually never ceases to amaze us just how much information Google has on us, and they always keep coming back with more.
The new feature is available on Android powered devices and on the desktop version. It uses the GPS on your phone to track your location and then it puts the entire itinerary at your disposition. And wait, there actually is more. If you also have Google Photos and take pictures on the way, it will pinpoint them on the map, according to the exact location they were taken at.
While this can make for a pretty accurate narration of the day’s events, it is bound to cause some serious problems along the line for those who might want to keep their location to themselves at a certain time. They will probably have to go into the Google Maps settings menu and make sure when they allow the program to track them and when not. However, since the default version is obviously all for tracking you down, you might want to pay attention to that.
There are some useful features abut the Timeline option, because you can see exactly where you might have taken a wrong turn, or you could see how to improve your daily walking routine so that you make it to work faster in the morning.
As for correlating the Maps with the Pictures, that will definitely help when it comes to vacation photos. It’s so incredibly easy to forget where you took a picture that love when you’re in a brand new city, because it’s so easy to get lost. However, thanks to Google, that will never happen anymore.
The feature is expected to make it to iOS pretty soon as well, and it might end up being very popular among users, considering the latest trends of bragging on social media about running and cycling over incredibly long distances.
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