Published: Tue, March 28, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

Facebook Messenger update helps you keep tabs on your friend's location

Facebook Messenger update helps you keep tabs on your friend's location

Facebook Inc added a feature to its Messenger app on Monday to allow users to share their locations continuously for up to an hour, ramping up competition with tools offered by Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google Maps.

Live Location is now rolling out globally to Facebook Messenger on Android and on iOS.

Navigate to within a conversation and tap the location icon at the bottom, over the message box.

In tests, people told Facebook that the "Live Location" feature makes it easier to meet up with friends and family and synchronize schedules, according to Selma Wang, a product manager at Facebook. Google Maps users should soon be able to share their current location, travel route and estimated arrival time with contacts. The people you've shared with can get an estimate of how long it would take you to reach them by vehicle.

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Users can share their Live Location with a group of people in Messenger or just one person. Then, tap Send. You can download Messenger from the App Store for free. What do you think, do you find any users for this feature? Both iOS and Android versions countdown your 60 minutes thanks to a clock in the lower right of the screen. Once activated, you'll be able to be found on a map by those friends, and Facebook will show how long it would take to reach the friend who shared their location by vehicle if you're trying to plan a meetup. He added that Facebook has been testing the Live Location sharing in Mexico and it was ready for launching since October.

Whether you're using Messenger on Android or iOS just tap the Location icon or select Location under the More icon.

Facebook is rolling out this feature out for users globally today.

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