Telegram launches time-based location-sharing feature

Live Locations feature could come in quite handy if you are meeting with friends in an unfamiliar area

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Instant messaging app Telegram just got a major upgrade with several exciting features. And the one that has got us most excited is live location sharing.

Yep, the app that’s high on privacy and security has realized that usefulness of allowing friends and family to track your location, a la Facebook messaging app. So, version 4.4 gives the user the ability to broadcast their current location to any chat in real time –

individuals and groups alike. If everybody in your chat groups shares their location, what you will get is an interactive map which will show you exactly where each group member is.

Undoubtedly, this feature will come in quite handy if you are meeting with friends in an unfamiliar area, or if you are on the move and a loved one wants to make sure you are okay. Which is why Telegram is letting you decide whether you want to share your location for only 15 minutes, 1 hour, or 8 hours – much like Google Maps’ recent location sharing feature which lets you stay visible for up to 3 days.

The other improvements from the latest update include a completely redesigned in-app media player for MP3s and other audio files. A new translation platform has enabled Telegram to get the app out to French, Indonesian, Malay, Russian and Ukrainian users as well. Another handy tweak is giving more control to supergroup owners over chat history, and the identification of group admins via an admin badge.

All changes have been made available simultaneously on Android and iOS, so you may want to update your app now!