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Glympse is a brilliantly conceived mobile application that lets you share your real-time location via SMS, email, Twitter, or Facebook. It's a useful, easy-to-use tool that doesn't require you to sign up, create any profiles, or invite contacts.
Imagine asking a friend to meet you at a new restaurant in your neighborhood. With Glympse, you wouldn't text her the address; you'd merely send her a Glympse of your current location, and with a tap on her screen, she'd navigate her way there. Or if you're not yet at the restaurant, you might send her a Glympse showing it on a map, as well as your real-time location as you make your way there. There are so many possibilities with such a powerful, location-aware application.
The Glympse app is clean and refreshingly simple to use. To get started, launch the app, hit Menu, then Send a Glympse. Next, input a phone number or e-mail, or choose to share a Glympse with Facebook or Twitter. Set the duration (anywhere from 10 minutes to 4 hours). And that's it. For the allotted time frame, your contact(s) will be able to view your real-time location on a map, from a mobile device or desktop browser. If you're on the move, you can also input your destination, so your contact can see where you're headed.
For those who routinely use Glympse to transmit a location (e.g., children with eagle-eyed parents), the app includes a nice Favorite feature, which saves the recipient(s) of your Glympse, duration, and destination, all for easy sending later. The app also comes with an optional home-screen widget, which puts Favorites, Glympse History, and Send Glympse functionality right on your home screen.
One thing users should know is that Glympse eats battery life voraciously. But considering it continuously transmits real-time information, that should be expected.
Overall, we think Glympse is an incredibly useful download that has the potential to become incorporated into many of our daily routines. Try it out for yourself, and see if you and your friends start saying, "just Glympse me."
"Glympse: The Coolest Thing Your Smartphone Can Do"-FastCompanyGlympse is the easy way to safely share your location in realtime. No sign-up needed. No social network to manage. Just send a Glympse to anyone via email, SMS, Facebook, or Twitter. Your location is only shared for the duration you specify and then stops.Glympse works on all phones and tablets running Android 1.5 or newer.Note about the Widget: Most versions of Android do not allow Widgets for apps installed to the SD card. If you encounter this issue, moving the application back to main memory should resolve the issue.We love to hear from customers. If you have an issue or suggestion, please send us a mail at email@example.com or use the "Send us Feedback" feature in the app under Settings. We have no way to respond to you for more information if you post your issue in the comments of the Android Market.Recent changes:New* Added support for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)* Added support for Google TV* Fixed rotation issue on tablets running Android 3.2* Updated Facebook* Other fixes/improvementsRecent* Reply Glympses: Click the user bar or choose Actions from the menu to reply to a Glympse you a viewing.* Street view: See what is around the person you are viewing.* Improved destination picker: Navigate to friends or their destinations.* New alerts: Get notified when someone sends you a Glympse.Content rating: Medium Maturity
What's new in this version:
New* Added support for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)* Added support for Google TV* Fixed rotation issue on tablets running Android 3.2* Updated Facebook* Other fixes/improvementsRecent* Reply Glympses: Click the user bar or choose Actions from the menu to reply to a Glympse you a viewing.* Street view: See what is around the person you are viewing.* Improved destination picker: Navigate to friends or their destinations.* New alerts: Get notified when someone sends you a Glympse.