Glympse is a popular location sharing application and a great alternative to Google Latitude. It is safe, accurate, and allows you to report your position to others via email, SMS, Facebook, or Twitter. Anyone with a device connected to the internet can track you for a limited amount of time. Best of all, it is free of charge and easy to use. Here is how you get started with Glympse:
1. Download Glympse
First, download Glympse for Android
on your device and make sure your GPS is turned on. Then open Glympse and go over the tutorial. Hit the start button at the bottom.
It is recommended (yet not mandatory) that you log in using your Facebook or Twitter account so that the app knows who you are. This information will also be visible to the people you share your location with. Once that's done, the app will display your current location on the map.
3. Send a Glympse
Hit the big "Send" button in the bottom and select who you want to share your location with. Don't forget to set the time, after which you want your Glympse to expire. From the "Send To" menu, select one or more contacts from your address book, or pick a social network to make your location public.
4. Glympse received
The recipient will be provided a link that will take them to a web page allowing them to track you. The web page will expire after the period you specify. If they have Glympse installed, the link can be opened with it.
Note that Glympse must be active on your smartphone in order for the service to work! If you exit the app, your location will not be shared anymore. It can run in the background, though, and an icon in your notification bar will remind you that the app is still open.
Share my Position
And now it is time for an app that is a bit simpler. Actually make that a lot simpler than the previous two. It is called Share my Location and picks up your coordinates, after which you can send them as a Google Maps link to a recipient of your choice. The link can be sent as an email, text message, or via one of the popular social networks.