In a new partnership forged with Verizon, Seattle’s Glympse will be providing the location services backbone for the carrier’s Verizon Messages app, which allows subscribers to send messages from their Verizon phone number via an iPad or Android device. That way, users of the app will be able to push the Glympse button in the app and provide a live map of their location to anyone in the conversation for 15 minutes.
You’ll also be able to request a Glympse from someone else, for things like trying to arrange a meeting.
Glympse says that it’s a big step forward for location sharing technology.
“In the past few years, we‘ve seen location fads come and go, but no one put real-time location sharing truly at your fingertips like the new Verizon Messages with Glympse,” Glympse co-founder and CEO Brian Trussel said in a press release. “We are shifting the paradigm for location, helping to create a new wave of messaging that does so much more than just static text. Now, anyone can send a visually rich, engaging text message that definitively solves the question, ‘where are you?’”
If you’re interested in hearing what Trussel has learned about taking advice in his role as CEO, he’ll be speaking this afternoon at GeekWire’s Startup Day.
Blair Hanley Frank is GeekWire’s Bay Area Correspondent. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.