If Google’s new addition sounds familiar, that’s because the company several years ago used to offer a similar option called Latitude, which was also built into Google Maps.
But in 2013, Google decided to instead roll location sharing into its social network Google as it exited the business of check-ins and real-time tracking in Maps.
“When you’re on the go, there’s no time for apps that can’t keep up,” Google concluded.
This tutorial shows you how to create an interactive map using the Firebase application platform.
In the driving tab, as long as you have your home and work addresses saved, you can check out real-time transit times to and from those locations.
That way, you’re never wondering if you ought to give yourself an extra 20 minutes in the morning, or leave a little later at night to avoid rush hour.
You can look at images of your surrounding area, or alternatively, read a quick description of the neighborhood to understand what you’re dealing with.Facebook tells you when a friend is nearby — it even lets you “wave” at them and gives you the option to send a message if they holler back.Foursquare’s Swarm lets you check in wherever you are and both Lyft and Uber give you the option of seeing where your friend is if they share their ride location with you.However, it was arguably a mistake to pull location sharing from Google Maps, where it worked best and made the most sense.Without the option, many users turn to location sharing today via third-party apps, family locators or even i Message, which today includes its own, similarly designed location-sharing function.* @param add Click After the last message timestamp has been updated, * this function is called with the current timestamp to add the * click to the firebase. This section explains the code that sets up a basic map.