If you’ve got yourself an Android handset then I can safely bet that it’s silently tracking your movements. Even if GPS is off, the network location will be logging your position.
We’ve covered the fact that you can access this stored data before, but after logging in last night I’ve noticed that the system has had a huge lick of paint. Head over to the Timeline and enter the same Google credentials as you have on your phone. It’ll show you where you’ve been and it’ll even sort out the trips, holidays and days out you’ve had too.
A lot of people have this system enabled out-of-the-box and perhaps don’t realise it’s even ticking away in the background. It’ll help, especially when you start using Google Now, to create automatic commute predictions and improved search results.
Yes, all this can be a bit “big-brother-ish”, so there is the option of deleting certain parts of your location history or even disabling the feature completely if you wish. For the rest of us, it’s certainly very interesting. Zoom in and you’ll be surprised just how accurate it can be. I also liked the fact that it shows our weekend breaks and even which sights we saw – very clever for remembering what you were doing on a certain date.
Head to Google Timeline to give it a try for yourself.