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Supreme Court rules authorities need warrant to gather phone location data

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Gathering location data just became trickier for authorities. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that accessing a suspect's cell phone location history should require a warrant. The decision came at the end of Carpenter v. United States, the first case about location data the Supreme Court has ruled on.

The case in question started with a robbery in 2011, after which Detroit police acquired 127 days' worth of location data from Timothy Carpenter's cell phone provider.

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Supreme Court rules authorities need warrant to gather phone location data was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Verizon and AT&T pledge to stop selling location data to third-party brokers

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

News broke earlier this year that several firms with access to carrier location data were providing access to it with little or no safeguards. In fact, you could access the some of these tools to track a phone as a demo of the service. AT&T and Verizon now say they will stop selling data to these third-party brokers. That does not mean, however, they won't sell your location data at all.

This issue came to the fore earlier this year when a former sheriff was charged with illegally using a phone location service 11 times without securing a court order.

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Verizon and AT&T pledge to stop selling location data to third-party brokers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Photos now lets you edit photo locations on the web

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Google Photos is a great product for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its superb search function that allows you do find shots based on what's in them, when they were taken, or even where they were taken. Some pictures, though, don't have location data. Now, Google Photos is rolling out the ability to add or edit photo locations manually from its web interface.

The option shows up in the info tab (that i in a circle).

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Google Photos now lets you edit photo locations on the web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Inbox is losing ‘pick place’ and ‘someday’ snooze options

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Inbox is losing the ability to remind users of emails at specified locations (and unspecified times). According to a Google Product Forums thread, the "pick place" and "someday" snooze options are being retired.

The change doesn't seem to be dependent on app version, as the old snooze functions are still present on my work account, but not my personal one — both in the Inbox app and on the web.

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Inbox is losing 'pick place' and 'someday' snooze options was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SwiftKey adds calendar and location sharing to the new toolbar

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Swiftkey launched a new toolbar interface just a couple weeks back, and it's adding a few more features to it today. With the latest update, you can easily insert your current location as well as calendar appointments. SwiftKey promised both these features previously, and here they are.

The toolbar sits right above your keyboard for quick access to features like the clipboard, stickers, settings, and more. The addition of two more icons might make the toolbar a bit cluttered, but it's not shown by default.

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SwiftKey adds calendar and location sharing to the new toolbar was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Photos starts showing location next to date dividers

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Photos might be one of the most beloved Google apps and services and it's always amazing to see how smart it is at parsing people, pets, things, and locations. The latter is gaining a more prominent place in the Photos app on Android. Now when you scroll through your photo library, you might start seeing a location next to each date separator.

This is not unexpected, as Photos on the web has been displaying these locations for some users for months now.

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Google Photos starts showing location next to date dividers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google aims to make 911 call locations more accurate

Friday, February 16th, 2018

When you call 911 from a landline phone, that number is tied to a physical address. It's easy for emergency responders to get to the right place. However, cell phones can be anywhere, and the carrier-based location reports sent to call centers are not always good enough. Google is working on a system that would provide faster, more accurate locations to 911 operators, and its first test reportedly went well.

In December and January, Android users in Texas, Tennessee, and Florida who called 911 had their locations routed to 911 dispatchers via the Google system.

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Google aims to make 911 call locations more accurate was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

OnePlus Gallery v2 has a new 3-tab interface, adds map UI for geotagged photos

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Even when a manufacturer strives for a stock-like experience, they'll still include a few OEM made apps, and that's the case for OnePlus as well. The OnePlus Gallery app might only be up to v1.2.1 on Google Play, but a build for v2 has been making the rounds, and it actually has some significant changes. Most notably a redesigned interface with tabs moved to the bottom and a new "places" section that shows where images were taken. 

 

Photos tab on v1.8.9 (left) and v2.0.25 (right)

The most drastic changes are immediately visible upon opening the updated app.

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OnePlus Gallery v2 has a new 3-tab interface, adds map UI for geotagged photos was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Cerberus is working on a personal safety app called Persona

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Cerberus has been one of the most popular device security apps over the years, and the developers are now looking to protect more than your phone. Persona is a "personal safety" app that can instantly share your location in the event of an emergency. This service is included with Cerberus, so subscribers are already set as soon as the app goes live.

Persona is out in beta today, with the opt-in available at this link, and the app will be here.

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Cerberus is working on a personal safety app called Persona was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

WhatsApp now rolling out live location sharing

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Live location sharing is pretty popular. Google Maps added it back in March, followed by Facebook Messenger the same month and Snapchat in June. Given that Messenger has had it for a few months, it makes sense that the feature would eventually make its way to Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

Now the time has come, as WhatsApp announced on its blog that the feature will be rolling out to the iOS and Android apps "in the coming weeks." There's a new 'Share Live Location' option in the attach menu, where you can choose how long to share where you are.

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WhatsApp now rolling out live location sharing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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