Windows Phone user? Have you watched on with barely concealed envy as iPhone owners track each other’s movements with the Find My Friends app?
Good news! A work-in-progress app for Windows Phone called People Sense will offer much the same functionality, with the stalking and the tracking and whatnot. “Yes, I’m, er, still at work, darling. Hic.”
The spot was initially made by Spanish-language Microsoft Place, which suggests People Sense (codenamed Buddy Aware at present) will integrate tightly with Bing Maps.
Despite being in beta, this People Sense Video Review on YouTube shows the app looking fully operational, with functionality including the ability to call and message contacts straight from the app. You’ll also be able to get directions, ideal if you’re on the way to meet someone.
It’s not clear if additional functionality will be added prior to People Sense’s release, though one feature it could borrow from Apple's Find My Friends is location-based notifications, handy for airport arrivals, for example, or ensuring family members get home safely.
Nor is it clear when People Sense will be released. Logically, it could make a high-profile splash alongside Windows 10 later this summer.
We wonder, too, if People Sense might have eyes on cross-platform compatibility, Windows Phone having a comparatively tiny market share next to iOS and the ubiquitous Android.
More People Sense news as and when. We'll be tracking this one (pun intended) like a hawk.