Ah, the combination of GPS technology and distrust of your loved ones. Forget making phone calls! What better way to use your smartphone than to track those around you?
Well, if you fall into the camp of wanting to use your phone, most likely illegally, to spy on those you supposedly care about, you may want to try out the combo-software suite of PhoneStalker and RealTimeSpy. Together, the two apps will reportedly allow you to record where folks are going. Granted, you have to literally give up your phone to do so by placing in the person's vehicle, but someone's gotta sacrifice, amirite? Here are the features of PhoneStalker:
- Total Trip Measurement - The trip recording function creates a 3D breadcrumb trail of any trip the phone is taken on. The Map screen shows the phone creating the breadcrumb trail real time as the phone moves. You can save the trip on the local phone and restore it back to the Phone's map at any time. Your total distance, average speed, and time taken are recorded. You can tell the app to send you an email with your trip file included where you can then view the trip 3D on Google Earth, Bing Maps, or Google Maps on your PC or Mac.
- Distance Measurement - The Mark and Measure functions allow you to measure straight line distances.
- Real time GPS Stats - The GPS screen shows you real-time your speed, direction,longitude, latitude, and altitude.
So the idea is you place your phone running PhoneStalker on someone's vehicle, then launch their website from your mom's basement (watch those Cheetos, you're running low), enter in the pre-set email address and bam, instant violation of Federal law. But what if you're a busy stalker and you need to get more Cheetos? You bust out your second Windows Phone and enable RealTimeSpy. That program will allow you track the object of your desire from the comfort of your unmarked white van:
Creepy and convenient! If any of this sounds remotely interesting, you can head to the Marketplace now and grab PhoneStalker here and the companion app, RealTimeSpy here. There's also myTripTracker. which is less malevolent.
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
These seem like they could be more extensive but for basic checking of where your friends are at just use gMaps with Google Latitude.
Not as good as Latitude on other devices but it gets the job done.
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