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What is it about:

Life360 is an application for Android and IOS Smartphone that offers a localization service for the family based mainly on GPS technology.

Life360 incorporates Circles, which are groups for friends or family. Some may be just communication channels, while others may use all location features. The characteristics and preferences are specific to each Circle.

the application allows:

  • See the location of the members of the Circles on a map accessible only by invitation. While the Circle member has tracking enabled, their specific location will always appear
  • Choose when to share your location with each Circle Chat individually or with all the members of a Circle Life360
  • Receive alerts when a member of a Circle arrives at a place. The Life360 Family Locator integrates site-specific alerts to each Circle.
  • Track a lost or stolen phone
  • In case of emergencies, Life360 incorporates a "panic" virtual button feature that will automatically make a call and send an SMS and GPS coordinates to all members of the Circle

The application is available in Spanish, German, Korean, French, Indonesian, English, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese

Forms of acquisition:

The application in its Android version can be downloaded at the following link:

The application in its IOS version can be downloaded at the following link:

The price of Life360 Plus is € 2.99 for your monthly subscription

Warranty and support

The developer offers support through the following contact form on their website.

https://www.life360.com/support/

Technical verification:

We have made different tests creating circles within the Life 360 ​​application and in the next lines we offer you our impressions.

The tests have been carried out using two terminals in their versions 17.7.1 for IOS and 17.7.0 for Android. The size of the application is 254.7 MB for the IOS version and 39 MB for the Android version.

Initial use

After installing the application it is necessary to create or join a circle already created by an invitation code. A circle is a set of authorized users who can share information and messages.

Once I belong to one or more circles, I can decide if I want to share my location with the members of that circle. I can select in turn if I want to receive alerts from any of the circle members and select if I want to receive notifications when this person enters or leaves the places of interest. At the same time you can select the possibility of receiving alerts when the person drives.

Location on the map

One of the main functionalities of the application is to share the GPS position of each member of the circle on the map.

The location on the map works with reasonable precision and the display on the map of these positions with their different configurable views is useful and stylized. In a simple glance you can check the positions of the different members of the circle on the map and check their movement in real time.

Places

Places are selectable points on the map that allow you to trigger automatic notifications if you enter or exit them.

In the free version you can only select 2 places with common alerts in each circle, which is a bit scarce from 3 people per circle. To increase the number of common places it is necessary to request a Premium account. However, with these 2 places referenced in the map has been sufficient to check its correct functioning and the notifications that occur when the person enters or leaves these places.

Menssages

The application has a very functional chat for circles that has high availability that is up to the best messaging applications such as WhatsApp or Facebook. The chat allows the sharing of images in real time.

Panic button

The panic button is used to communicate an emergency to the members of the circle, and there is also the possibility of communicating an emergency to the 112 or national emergency telephone number.

Members of a Premium circle will receive an email notification, notification in the application and a text of their current location, plus a phone call that will let them know they need help. However, if you are part of a circle that is not Premium, each member will receive an email and a notification within the application that will notify them that you need help.

Regarding this functionality we would propose as a line of improvement to incorporate the panic button to the home screen in a more visible way since we consider that a person in emergency situation needs to have easy and fast access to it.

Battery

The battery level of the members of the circle is presented in an updated and reliable way in the application.

The manufacturer indicates a consumption not exceeding 10% of additional battery when your application is executed and after our tests we can say that it is satisfied satisfactorily.

Driving

The driving features are not fully released in the free version of the application. The driving functionality allows to visualize the routes that a certain person of the circle has made in vehicle and receive fins in case their speed of displacement is associated to a displacement in a vehicle.

Use cases

From our point of view, we believe that Life 360 ​​can be useful for different use cases and user profiles.

On the one hand, we see that the application has a very high potential for the elderly and / or with cognitive impairment, as well as for the care of people with some type of disability. In this case, the application can provide great peace of mind to family members and caregivers by allowing them to view the user's position at all times, as well as receive information about the places of interest they have passed through or their battery level. In addition, the alert button function is provided so that you can notify in case of problems and easy communication through the chat. This type of case we have simulated in the tests with the volunteer Aurora.

Another of the most common cases of use can be parental control to know the location of minors at certain times of the day when you can not have a face-to-face control. This type of use case is the one we simulated in the tests with the volunteer Xavier and his family.

 
 
In turn, the application can be useful for the visualization and communication of groups composed of several people who make trips, excursions or group camps.

In our opinion, it is convenient not to use this application to overprotect your children or parents or to carry out an excessive control on the couple because it is not the purpose and can lead to misunderstandings and undesirable situations. From our point of view it should serve as a mechanism to allow communication of emergencies, facilitate communication and allow knowing the location of users, but it is always advisable to contrast this information by other methods.

Notifications

It is necessary to previously enable notifications of arrival and departure of a place of interest or driving to be notified of them. Once this is done, we have verified that, in general, notifications are received correctly, although in some cases they have presented some delays.

To be able to receive notifications of the alert button it is necessary that the person issuing them has configured you as an emergency contact.

In the reception of the different notifications we have detected that the application sends some notification messages in English even if it is configured in Spanish, so it would be interesting to review this point and taking advantage, update the general contents of the support website so that they can be all accessible in Spanish.

Usability

The menu is simple for people who handle a mobile terminal on a daily basis, but we would suggest enabling a simplified menu with high contrasts, large font sizes and icons to facilitate its use to the elderly and people with different types of disabilities. In this sense, we would recommend simplifying access to the alert button.

General remarks

Life 360 ​​is a reasonably reliable application compared to other localization applications. However, it is convenient to rely on this type of aid knowing that sometimes they can present failures and it is always good to contrast the data it offers through a call or message to confirm emergency situations. To be able to squeeze all the potential it offers and especially for circles of more than 2 people it is advisable to hire the Premium version.

Highlights

  • The application presents reasonable reliability in positioning and alerts.
  • The menus and positioning system are clear and stylized
  • The free version allows a lot of functionalities and the paid version is not excessively expensive

Improvement points

  • Solve problems with notifications in English at some key points
  • The alert button is a bit hidden and could be brought to the main menu
  • Could provide a simplified desktop layer for the elderly or with intellectual or cognitive disabilities
  • Design and manufacturing: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
    Refers to the physical aspects and details of the manufacturing of the technological product
  • User Experience: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
    This criterion is linked to the user's assessment of the product or application
  • Technical features: 5 sobre 5(5/5)
    5
    Description of the quality of the technical specifications of the technological solution
  • Accessibility: 3 sobre 5(3/5)
    3
    It is the degree to which people can use or access a product, technological solution or service, regardless of their technical, cognitive or physical capabilities

Social valuation:

After the use period of the application, Aurora and Xavier volunteers complemented the technical review with certain points of interest, although a large part of their comments have already been taken into account during the description of this technical review.

In general, both Life 360 ​​has seemed a very simple tool to use. They consider that it can be useful for parents who want to control where their children are and to control where an older person may be.

Obviously, what I think is very important is that at all times be an app that everyone agrees to use, for issues of confidentiality and privacy. If everyone agrees to use it, it can be very useful. It is very important in that sense to be able to stop sharing the location at the moment a user decides.

Aurora has really liked the messaging system, does not have failures and works efficiently and simply.

The location works well and the display updates the changes quickly on the map. One of the uses that contemplates is the possibility of visualizing the position of his mother or elderly relatives offering at the same time the possibility of making an emergency call if necessary. It is very good to allow this double option of alerting previously selected contacts or making a call to emergency or 112 services.

The battery consumption has not been high during the period in which the application was used.

The monitoring of driving has worked with comings and goings, but it is reasonable to be a payment feature and it is understood that in the Premium version it would work without problems.

The Premium or paid version of the application has an affordable price, although the free version already allows to do a lot of things.

In general it is an application that has seemed quite useful and usable to both volunteers, it is worth trying the free version and knowing if it adapts to what you are looking for ...

  • Impact and utility: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
    Describe to what extent the functionalities of the product are useful and impact on the improvement of the user's life
  • Usability and accessibility: 3 sobre 5(3/5)
    3
    Possibility of the device to be used, understood and used in equal conditions for any person
  • Design and ergonomics: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
    Assessment of how the design of the technological solution adapts to the person to achieve greater comfort and effectiveness when using it
  • Ease of acquisition: 4 sobre 5(4/5)
    4
    It refers to the possibilities of accessing and acquiring a technological solution by the user

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