Use cross-plat­form lo­ca­tion shar­ing apps

Use cross-plat­form lo­ca­tion shar­ing apps to get to­gether or send an alert

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Find My Friends is a great app, and a clever use of lo­ca­tion Ser­vices, but it has one draw­back: it’s Ap­ple-ex­clu­sive.

Per­haps one day this won’t mat­ter, but while peo­ple in­sist on us­ing non-Ap­ple smart­phones, you’re go­ing to need a cross-plat­form so­lu­tion to meet up with your kids or friends.

The first, and per­haps most ob­vi­ous, port of call is Google, whose Trusted Con­tacts app is avail­able across iOS and An­droid phones. Con­tacts added to its list can re­quest your lo­ca­tion, and you’re free to refuse. If your phone is out of sig­nal range or its bat­tery isn’t charged, your last known lo­ca­tion is shared.

Google’s Han­gouts in­stant mes­sag­ing sys­tem also sup­ports lo­ca­tion shar­ing, as does Face­book-owned mes­sen­ger ser­vice What­sApp.

So, whether you’re try­ing to get a group of friends with dis­parate de­vices to­gether for a meal, or dis­cover which part of the shop­ping cen­tre your An­droid-tot­ing chil­dren are in, there are sev­eral choices for cross-plat­form lo­ca­tion shar­ing.

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