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Google releases Field Trip, a virtual-tour and discovery app

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Google releases Field Trip, a virtual-tour and discovery app
Google-owned Niantic Labs launched Field Trip today, a very interesting app for Android (iOS coming soon) that is designed to let people discover cool and interesting things anywhere they are (as long as they are in the US for the time being). When you install the app you tell it how intrusive you want it to be in terms of notifications, and you can also tell it what sorts of topics you find interesting. The app then uses geolocation to discover historical sites, famous architecture, fun places to eat, and other things you may have missed.

A brief testing of the device suggests that it’s quite comprehensive – on top of the expected local haunts the app discovered an unmarked(!) historical site in a local public park that we weren’t aware of. The app allows you to give each find a thumbs up or down rating, and it uses that information to better tailor its discoveries for you. In a way this app is like a specialized Google Now implementation, although the app interface itself feels like a nicely hand-crafted UI rather than the one-design-fits-all white background of Google Now.

If you’re the adventurous type and want to find the unique out of the way points of interest on your next trip, or even just around town, hit up the source link to give Field Trip a shot (or put yourself on the iOS notification list). Google also released a promotional video for the app, which is shot with a lovely sentimental feel, but is somewhat short on the details of the app:


source: Google, Play Store via Droid-Life

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posted on 27 Sep 2012, 14:18 4

1. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


awesome.

downloaded. i cant wait to use this!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 17:30 2

4. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1059; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Innovative and awesome as usual...
Take a few bows google, you really keep outdoing yourself :)

A certain rival company can learn a lot from this instead of crying like a little girl and doing crap iMarketing...

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 09:16 1

9. urth_key (Posts: 14; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


Meanwhile in Apple's world:

awesome.

downloaded. i cant wait to sue this!

LOL

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 15:53 3

2. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Gotta take my hat off to Google...this app rocks!!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 16:50 3

3. DaNTRoN (Posts: 135; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


I like the idea. Downloading. Google has been really amping up their play store.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 18:33 1

5. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


is this the same with nokia city lens? or completely different?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 22:52 1

7. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 346; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Much better than Nokia city lens.google you are a genius.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 19:37

6. MeoCao (unregistered)


Thank you Google.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 03:02 1

8. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


Not available in my country, Indonesia. Google better adding better detail map of Indonesia, there are many great place to explore here. And there will be more people start using android here

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