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Location Sharing in Google Maps Now Includes Battery Percentage

The feature was first spotted in February by tech website Android Police when it did a teardown of the Google Maps v9.71 beta

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Google has announced adding a nifty feature to its Google Maps app that includes the battery level (of the user’s phone) in the set of information that they share.

“When you share your location with someone in the Google Maps app, it shows up on your friend’s map, which they can use to locate exactly where you are. With the new update of battery inclusion, it has become easy to tell why someone hasn’t called to tell you if they’re lost or finally made it to their destination,” The Verge reported late on Thursday.

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The feature has a big potential when it comes to the safety of users.

“You’ll be able to keep a watchful eye on how much battery life they have left. Now, there won’t be as much cause for worry if someone’s location drops off because you’ll be able to know if it could just be because their phone died,” the report added.

Also Read: Google Maps: India Based ‘Two-Wheeler’ Feature Launched to Whole Asia

The feature was first spotted in February by tech website Android Police when it did a teardown of the Google Maps v9.71 beta. (IANS)

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‘Picture-In-Picture’ Mode Under Construction for Whatsapp

However, the feature is not available for development reasons and it needs to get many other improvements before it is officially enabled for all WhatsApp users.

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One of the most popular instant messaging platforms in the world ‘WhatsApp’ is working on a much anticipated “picture-in-picture mode” for Android platform.

The feature, once rolled out, will allow users to continue the video call on a minimised screen while browsing through the rest of their conversation.

According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the messaging app has recently submitted a new update through the “Google Play Beta Program”, bringing the version up to 2.18.234.

"WhatsApp Business" was launched last week in Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Britain and the US. Pixabay
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“WhatsApp is working very hard for past many months in order to add this feature, adding new improvements in the next updates. After implementing the feature on WhatsApp for iOS, we can finally affirm it will be possible, in the next updates, to view YouTube and Instagram videos in WhatsApp, using the Picture-in-Picture mode,” WABetaInfo reported late on Thursday.

Also Read:WhatsApp Group Video, Voice Calling Feature Rolls Out

However, the feature is not available for development reasons and it needs to get many other improvements before it is officially enabled for all WhatsApp users.

“For this reason, it’s ok if you have updated your WhatsApp version and it’s not working for you,” the report added. (IANS)