Keeping tabs on your brood this Halloween? Sure, you could use Apple’s Find My Friends. But it doesn’t have as many cool features as these two new apps, and it also can’t track Android phones — while these two apps can.
The first is Verizon Messages, which incorporates location sharing features from the Glympse app, and can track other users of the app in realtime, which actually lets you see movement on the map. It will also show you their speed and direction. Users must first share their location with you for 15 minutes (which can be ended at any time) by tapping the Glympse button. The session will end after 15 minutes, but can be immediately renewed. It all works from within the Verizon Messages app, which means you can share live location-tracking along with messages, photos and voice messages.
Family GPS Tracker, by Slovakian-based GPS outfit Sygic, is designed specifically for family tracking. It isn’t hindered by time limits and adds a whole slew of really cool features: geofence boundary alarms that go off when a member reaches a user-defined restricted area; the ability to send an instant SOS message with current location; and an augmented reality screen that displays a little bubble above your lost monsterling. There’re a bunch of other family-friendly features, along with some basic messaging fucntions.