Whatsapp , largest social networking application which is currently using by over 1 million around the world .Facebook social networking service , which own the whatsapp is making improvements in its features with the passing of days . Now whatsapp rolling out Live Location Sharing feature on 18 October 2017 , Wednesday . In previous days Whatsapp provided the feature for sharing the current location by a user to another users but in previous days the location sharing was static and one time share but now facebook made a difference in location sharing feature by converting current location sharing into live location sharing . Whatsapp live location sharing feature shares the live location of one users to other user or a group which is selected by first users to share the live location . Now whatsapp shares the live location of users even when whatsapp run in the background .

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Whatsapp Live Location Sharing

According to a whatsapp blog , " As whatsapp always take care of users privacy security through end to end encryption  , so the live location sharing will also work with end to end encryption . Hence due to end to end encryption the live location will share with only with the group or contact which is selected by you to share . Live location  sharing feature would be very helpful for children , women and any person by connecting their live movement to their friends and families .Users have option to set a time for how long they want share their  Live Location . Users can also stop the Live location sharing at any time or it will automatically stop when time duration will expire . Live Location operate on both android and ios devices .

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In a statement Sohini Bhattacharya, CEO of Breakthrough, a non-profit organisation said , "Live Location feature in WhatsApp will women and children feel confident and secure about sharing their real-time location or a journey with someone close, so that it can be tracked for a purpose and privately,” .

Zaffir Khan , Product Manager at whatsapp has also given many statement about live location sharing feature . Out of all statement Zaffir Khan given a statement ,  "We were trying to solve the rendezvous problem . Live Location is a way to share your location in a chat and the participants in that chat will then be able to see your real-time location as it updates on a map meeting up with a group, when you want to share where you are when you are commuting, or when you want to let your loved ones know that you are safe. These are the scenarios where live location is usefull."



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Whatsapp live location is similar to another application and internet companies location sharing feature as on Uber, one can share trip status with a contact, which lets them track the cab's movement in real time.On Snapchat introduced a location-sharing feature called Snap Map.

How To Use Whatsapp Live Location Sharing ?

To use the whatsapp's live location sharing user must have to open a whatsapp chat or group . For sharing live location user must tap on  attach icon provided on Android device or Plus icon provided on iOS device  . After tapping on attach or Plus icon a promt with the time duration will appear on your phone display . Time duration will include 15 sec. , 1 hr. and 8 hrs. out of these time duration 1 hr. is default time duration. These time durations had been picked based on the common scenarios in which people are most likely to use WhatsApp live location sharing .After selection if time duration users can also stop live location sharing at any time .


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Live location shares show the initial location of the user and a ‘Live until’ time. When you tap ‘View live location’ the map view will be appear and there users can see current location of all the user who sharing their live location . Similar to map application  users have ability to switch to a Satellite/ Terrain view of the map if you desire, and even see live traffic data as an overlay .

If user is sharing the live location with only a contact then the names of the same users in a list view, with a timestamp that indicates the freshness of their location . During live location users can also communicate with them using WhatsApp in different ways.

In a WhatsApp group, you can bring up the group info and see all users that are sharing their location with the group at that point in time. This will be particularly useful in busier groups, as you won’t need to scroll up and try to find the message where the user originally shared their location.

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