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Google Maps Introduces On-Device Timeline and Enhanced Privacy Features

Timeline data stored on-device, auto-deletion for Location History, enhanced privacy controls for location & activity, plus AI-powered features like Immersive View for Routes.


Google Maps has recently unveiled a series of updates, including substantial alterations to its Timeline feature and improved privacy controls. The company has confirmed that these changes are set to roll out on its platform over the next year for both and iOS users.

Timeline Feature: Enhanced Privacy

has changed the way Timeline functions by announcing the migration of data storage directly onto the user's device. Previously, Timeline, which offers users a historical overview of places they have visited, depended on the activation of the Location History setting. With the forthcoming update, users who have elected to utilize Location History will have their Timeline data stored locally, thereby offering them increased command over their personal information. This shift aligns with a broader trend within the tech industry towards amplifying and options.

Auto-Delete and Data Recovery

In addition to changing where Timeline data is saved, Google will set the auto-delete feature for Location History to erase data after three months by default. Users wishing to retain their Timeline data for longer periods will have the option to lengthen this auto-delete window or turn off the feature as desired. Furthermore, will facilitate users to backup an encrypted copy of their Timeline to their , permitting seamless data recovery or continuation across new devices.

Location Sharing and Activity Management

Another notable upgrade to Google Maps is the augmentation of the blue dot, which indicates a user's GPS location. In the near future, the blue dot will not only display one's location but also provide information on the status of Location History and device location access. Additionally, Google Maps will allow users to handle recent activity; they can erase search queries, navigational directions, venue visits, and shared locations for individual places directly from the map interface. This builds on Google's efforts to grant users more immediate and precise control over their location-related data.

Recent enhancements such as collaborative lists, transit navigation improvements, and emoji reactions bolster the utility and interactivity of Google Maps. Following these updates, the company continues to prioritize the deployment of AI features and has already introduced Immersive View for Routes in select cities worldwide, thus expanding both functionality and user-centric implementations within the app.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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