Google will stop its support for its emergency location sharing app trusted contacts in December and has removed it from the Google play store.Instead, it will lead existing users to try similar but less helpful features in Google maps.
Google maps will be able to share location in real time from 2017, but again, users must choose to join in continuous tracking and share their location with others all the time, rather than broadcast it to their loved ones when users don't respond. Trusted contacts, by contrast, allow users to add people to their contacts who they want to share their location instantly in an emergency. In the event of an emergency, the user's contact can request an update status to see if they are OK, and the user can reply to their location to reassure their relatives. If the user doesn't respond, the app will automatically share the last known location of the user so they can send someone for help.
When Google first launched trusted contacts, it created the GIF to show how it works.
It's Google's strategy to fold other apps and features into Google maps, but the map features don't feel that valuable. While it's possible that the trusted contacts app doesn't have many users, those who want it will need to look for something else.
Google will end its support for the app in December, but users will also be able to download their contacts from the trusted contacts page until the app closes.