Keeping track of your kids can be quite a difficult task, especially in case of an emergency. Although you can give them cell phones and call them up to know their whereabouts, you can never really be sure where they really are.
This is where GPS tracking comes in. With a GPS tracking app installed in your kid's cell phone, you can pinpoint exactly where he/she is, remotely. One of the best ways to use a tracking system is through Android GPS apps, and in this article, we will take a look at these in detail.
As you may know, Android is Google's operating system for mobile phones. It was launched as an open-source alternative to Apple's iPhone OS, Windows Mobile, and Nokia's Symbian. Because of its open-source nature, there are tens of thousands of applications available for it. A phone running Android can be easily set up to do pretty much anything, provided you have the right app for it.
Android works great as a GPS tracker with the right app. Android GPS apps rely on the phone's in-built GPS functionality to figure out where the user of the cell phone is. Basically, when you purchase and install an Android GPS app, you get access to a website from where you can track the location of the phone remotely. This is a great tool for keeping track of your kids as the tracking information is updated in real time.
A few years ago, such high-tech tracking systems would have been the stuff of science fiction. But with easy to use, affordable Android GPS apps, anyone with an Android phone can keep a track on his/her phone in real time. You'll be amazed at the accuracy of such apps as they can pinpoint the location of the phone exactly. If you are anxious where your phone (or rather, its user) is, these apps are simply wonderful.
Android GPS apps come in various flavors. The entry-level apps are cheap and remain visible. This means that if you want to track your children, they would know that they are being tracked. If you want the app to stay hidden in the background, you will have to shell out a bit more - somewhere in the range of $50 to $150. For this price, you will get a high tech tracking app that will seem straight out of a James Bond movie. Your choice of app would depend on whether you want your kid(s) to know that they are being tracked.
If you want to keep an eye on them remotely, then the 'hidden' apps would serve your needs better. But if you just want to know where they are in case of an emergency, the 'visible' kind would do good enough. In the end, the kind of Android GPS app you buy will depend on what your own needs and budget. You can easily find out the full range of apps from the Android store and see which ones fit your needs. The more features and power you want, the more you should be prepared to spend. But in the end, being able to learn where your kid is in case of an emergency is worth the expense.