Starting today, Google Maps remembers what you’ve been up to and where you’ve travelled on Android. The tracking software released by tech giant Google now has an update that can both track and trace wherever you went in the course of days, weeks or months. Which could be worrying and useful at the same time.
The feature called “Your Timeline” will be memorizing your usual patterns around the city, showing you precisely where you went and how you travelled through a very easy to use interface. Whether car, train, plane or old fashioned walking, the data will be recorded into your Location History and will allow you revisit the place you’ve already explored and loved, and slip into the nostalgia that just might get you out of the house again.
Be it your preferred jogging track or your favorite coffee shop, “Your Timeline” will mark them as being part of your interest and, as any good companion, it will keep them in mind along with telling you other points that you might find appealing around them.
However, it’s not as creepy and stalker-like as it might sound. Google Maps is allowing complete control over how you edit the records. Be it a day, your entire history or just a trip made to the supermarket, you’ll be able to delete them permanently from your track. Now, the reasons are up to you and it should be no one else’s business.
You will be able to revisit places you’ve been to and the memories could be accompanied by visual aids if you use Google Photos alongside Google Maps. Of course, it could also be used to visit a place that you might’ve otherwise forgotten about or simply don’t remember but wished to.
“Your Timeline” has also added a feature that might spice things up from the former version of Google Maps. While tracking and remembering the pattern of your daily travels, it will allow you to make up your own nicknames of places you’ve visited. It could be a window of creativity for your own amusement or simply a way to mess with anyone checking out your phone. Though nicknaming your favorite coffee shop “Paradise City” might be tempting.
What the feature will unmistakably useful though, is that it will certainly make travel easier. In a new city or perhaps even new country, “Your Timeline” will let you know exactly where you’re going and what’s around you. It’s likely that no one will be stopping for directions anymore.
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