Location tracking is an important element among friends and family, especially for parents who want the peace of mind knowing that their children arrived safely at a destination.
While iOS has long had Find My Friends, several different third-party applications have brought this feature to Android.
One of the most recent and complete solutions Cabin is because it offers several different features with monitoring the standard location. While it is currently only available on Android, the company expects iOS. This would be a welcome addition, as families often have a mixture of Android and the use of the iPhone among members.
Add your family
Adding a user is simple: if a person creates an account with Cabin can send an invitation directly from the application. Once accepted, they can see the location of the other user, send messages, and assign tasks.
The administrator of the group has additional features, like the ability to delete or group of users to freeze their access to in-app family.
You get a little extra info when you look at someone’s place as an exact calculation of how they are far and an icon indicating the battery level. While “I’m sorry, I did not text back, my phone died” excuse just does not go flying. Refine on the location of a person or to see the entire group from a larger Google Map.
Discuss(chat) and set reminders
Cabin also provides a discussion group that makes it easy to keep everyone on the same page. You can also contact individual members, and get push notifications when new messages arrive.
The callback function is quite powerful, so you can create reminders for the whole group or individual. You can set reminders to notify the recipient of their task at a time or place. They can even tell if someone needs constant nagging to do something.
When testing the cabin, I am impressed by the minimal impact on battery life; unlike other location-based applications, I used it, it did not shorten my presentation daily by a huge amount.
The beginning of the cabin on Android is probably a good drive behind his use of Android design. The slide-out menu navigation makes it quick to switch between tasks. The cabin also has a very clean look with a good focus on the core content.
The full potential of the application will not be realized until iOS launches. He then could very well be the best multi-platform “track and share” app for a family. Until then, the Android version is a solid effort, but can not appeal to those who also want to keep an eye on your iPhone-touting friends.