Do you have an Android phone? Then this post will only serve as a friendly reminder of something you’re probably already enjoying. For everyone else without a smartphone (is that even possible?) or still riding the Apple bandwagon, this one’s for you.
The Google Field Trip App works like a virtual local tour guide, taking account of you and your phone’s location to point out interesting local information – be it landmarks, restaurants, shopping, and much more – without the user ever having to ask. The nifty bugger can buzz a pocket occasionally or give your jeans a seizure, letting the user know about everything located in the nearby area. From a technical standpoint, it’s the type of “holy sh*t” revelation that we’ve all come to love and expect from Google. It’s expected to phase out any semblance of Google Maps, and likely every other mobile map program that gives it a funny look.
Boasting a sexy, McSweeney’s-style interface, the app uses info from top-notch content providers like Zagat, Fodor’s, Cool Hunting, Thrillist, We Heart, and Atlas Obscura. It’s set to be the ultimate travel tool, and who knows? Maybe widespread use might generate a spike in business for the noted locales, generating global economic revenue and finally lifting us from this damn depression. We at Travel Freak, like most others, will gladly welcome our new Google overlords.
It’s been out for free on Android since August of last year, but what about the iOS version? Remember that whole brouhaha concerning how not awesome Apple Maps was as a replacement for Google Maps? So much so that it put Australia in danger of bursting into flames? Apple’s ego has likely been the source of the delay, but an iOS version of Google Field Trip is forthcoming. When? Probably when Steve Jobs rolls over in his grave (but really, probably within the next 6 months). In the meantime, iPhone users can download the app’s competitor Wanderous, but whereas Google would like to guide you along, Wanderous would like to get you lost.
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