18
Dec
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We all have that one friend – you know the one. Always running a little late, and everyone has to wait for him or her to show up. Well, now that Twist is on Android, you can find out in real time how much longer you're going to be standing around. It's like putting one of those radio tracker animal collars on your friends.

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Twist uses GPS and cell tower location to accurately determine how long it will take you to arrive at an appointment. You can share that information automatically with your friends so they know when to expect you. Your ETA is only made available to the people you explicitly select, and only for a single destination. The app also knows if you're walking, driving, or taking public transit.

This is a great alternative to the hurried "almost there" text message, and the process happens automatically without your continued monitoring. The app looks fairly clean and bug free too. Twist has some Holo UI elements, but parts of it do still have an iOS vibe. Compatibility is currently limited, so don't get your hopes up.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • xriderx66

    ...who in their right mind would use this?
    "Oh! My girlfriend can know where I am at all times, what a great idea!" said no one, ever.

    • ChavaM

      Some of us value trust.

      • Sorian

        Seconded!

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

    Hm, well, everybody who I trust with my location data has me in Latitude, otherwise there is Glympse. Guess it's the more apps the better?

  • Ben Baranovsky

    Great app concept and I absolutely love that you posted this, but I see a huge issue with battery life. I can't wait until devices can handle stuff like this.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Purely a situational issue. If you are traveling by car, you can probably plug your phone in and let it charge, which negates the issue of battery drain from using the GPS. Obviously, if they don't have the ability to charge their phone while traveling, it's more of a judgement call for the user.

      • Ben Baranovsky

        I totally didn't even think of that. :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

    Glympse is also a very good alternative to this. =)

    • http://twitter.com/xtcvapor uh what

      Pretty much sums up what I was going to say

  • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz

    Not compatible with Galaxy Note 2.. so yeah Glympse is already better by default.

  • Paul_Werner

    Man that's one ugly looking app

  • Freak4Dell

    If I'm running late, I either don't care that I'm running late, or I'm trying to hide the fact that I'm running late. This seems counterproductive to that goal.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I'm not particularly good about getting places on time (who's fault that is can often be debated on many levels). I admit that when people call me up to ask how far away I am, I often fudge the estimate and say I'm 5 minutes away when I'm probably 10 minutes away...and I blame traffic or road construction. Many of my friends are the types that call 10 minutes before you're supposed to be there because they are always early and impatient (a really annoying combination). With the sheer number of unnecessary calls and texts, I wouldn't really mind letting them spy on me to find out how far away I am if it will get them to stop bugging me directly.

  • Ivan Lisenkov

    US only, lol.