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MacRumors
Mar 7, 2013, 12:44 PM
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Google today released its location discovery app Field Trip (http://www.fieldtripper.com) for the iPhone. Previously an Android app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nianticproject.scout&hl=en) released in the fall, Field Trip is designed to direct users to local points of interest.

The app runs in the background and uses Bluetooth or a popup notification to alert users when there are "cool, hidden, and unique things" nearby. Field Trip offers information on landmarks and historical facts along with recommendations on the best places to eat and shop.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/03/fieldtrip.jpgDiscover thousands of interesting places/experiences that fall under the following categories: Architecture, Historic Places & Events, Lifestyle, Offers & Deals, Food Drinks & Fun, Movie Locations, Outdoor Art and Obscure Places of Interest around you.

Choose from three different modes to set frequency of Field Trip notifications. See "Field Trip" worthy places around you on a map, by tapping on cards in map view to pull up enthralling points of interest around you

Go on a Field Trip while you drive. Field Trip can detect when you're driving and automatically "talk" about interesting places and experience around you.

Came across an amazing story or restaurant? Mark it as a favorite to easily come back to it at any point.

Capture the memory of a special place, by sharing a wondrous discovery through email and social networks such as Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

Wondering where the gem that you recently discovered is? Find your discovered field trip cards in the "recent" section.Field Trip utilizes information from partnerships with Thrillist, the Food Network, Zagat, Arcadia, Atlas Obscura, Daily Secret and pulls in information from sites like Cool Hunting WeHeart and Remodelista to offer a wide range of recommendations and suggestions.

Field Trip (http://appshopper.com/lifestyle/field-trip) for the iPhone can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/field-trip/id567841460?mt=8)]

Article Link: Google Releases Location Discovery App 'Field Trip' on iOS (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/03/07/google-releases-location-discovery-app-field-trip-on-ios/)



JayCee842
Mar 7, 2013, 12:47 PM
Awesome. Can't wait to download

wlossw
Mar 7, 2013, 12:59 PM
Not available in Canada.

andylyon
Mar 7, 2013, 01:05 PM
Downloaded and looking forward to trying in London.

lowbatteries
Mar 7, 2013, 01:10 PM
So its like having a creepy guy follow you around tracking everywhere you go and selling it to anyone who asks, for the benefit of once in a while he'll tap you on the shoulder and say "Hey, there's something cool over there!".

Downloading now.

canman4PM
Mar 7, 2013, 01:18 PM
So its like having a creepy guy follow you around tracking everywhere you go and selling it to anyone who asks, for the benefit of once in a while he'll tap you on the shoulder and say "Hey, there's something cool over there!".

Downloading now.

That's funny stuff right there. :D

ArtOfWarfare
Mar 7, 2013, 01:18 PM
Sounds cool. Just got back from a road trip but now I'll have it handy for next time.

canman4PM
Mar 7, 2013, 01:21 PM
Not available in Canada.

No Canada...?

...Denied!!

room237
Mar 7, 2013, 01:29 PM
Awful. Choppy map interface. Incorrect addresses. Even for places that show up correctly in google maps. Deleted.

slicecom
Mar 7, 2013, 01:36 PM
Is this US only?

nagromme
Mar 7, 2013, 01:39 PM
Kind of neat.

I don't like the idea of Location Services being on all the time (not for privacy so much: I choose which apps to trust; but for battery life). And I don't like the Location arrow being in the bar all the time, making it meaningless. But Dark Sky got me to turn on Location Services full-time months ago, and I'm happy to say battery life has been fine. iOS is smart about it.

So, why not use it for other things like this, too? I'll probably try it some time.

countrydweller
Mar 7, 2013, 01:55 PM
Is this US only?

Can't find it on the west coast yet. There now.

AppleInLVX
Mar 7, 2013, 01:59 PM
Not available in Canada.

What else is new?

Rocketman
Mar 7, 2013, 01:59 PM
I downloaded it and the local points of interest are landmarks and essentially nothing else. When I get to the city I suspect I will be pushed to go to stores that have signed up for some deal or ad. No value added yet IMHO. V1.0.0.590.

Rocketman

bristleworm
Mar 7, 2013, 02:53 PM
Not available in Canada.

In Germany it's not available eitherů :mad:

Plutonius
Mar 7, 2013, 03:02 PM
You must be logged into a Google account to use it = deleted.

mms13
Mar 7, 2013, 03:13 PM
GPS running all the time would make my iPhone 5 battery last for maybe 2 hours.

lightning inc.
Mar 7, 2013, 04:08 PM
Maybe instead of releasing new apps they will updated their old ones. (Such as google translate to support iPhone 5)

kas23
Mar 7, 2013, 04:15 PM
I don't know if this is the case, but what Google just pushes POI or restaurants that pay them? They are an advertising firm after all.

macjram
Mar 7, 2013, 04:24 PM
Pretty interesting, I'll try it out when I visit home this weekend

nsfw
Mar 7, 2013, 05:11 PM
Maybe instead of releasing new apps they will updated their old ones. (Such as google translate to support iPhone 5)

oh cool. someone else likes translate. i think its one of the few useful tools google makes besides search and chrome(browser)

MacFly123
Mar 7, 2013, 05:12 PM
So much for Google's recent focus on design lol! YUCK!!!

TheWatchfulOne
Mar 7, 2013, 05:15 PM
Am I the only one to notice that this app from Google is actually using Apple Maps?

Does that count as irony?

:D

MorphMan
Mar 7, 2013, 07:03 PM
Maybe instead of releasing new apps they will updated their old ones. (Such as google translate to support iPhone 5)

Google Latitude seems to have been abandoned too.

I can't see this new app in Australia yet. It would be nice if Google integrated all of this mapping stuff together.

X38
Mar 7, 2013, 08:35 PM
You must be logged into a Google account to use it = deleted.


So it's just more phishing malware from Google? Bummer. Thanks for the warning not to waste my time downloading.
Does sound like it could be fun though - hopefully somebody will make a legit version.

Lancer
Mar 8, 2013, 06:19 AM
Shame this can't be downloaded outside the US but maybe that's a good thing, reports are it drains your battery, like we need another app doing that. I left Google Maps running when I first got it and the next morning my phone was dead.

jamojamo
Mar 8, 2013, 06:59 AM
Will be trying it out today. Should be interesting.

Doesn't overly drain the battery on my Nexus 7 so I'll be interested to see how the iPhone holds up, especially since I've seen better battery life on it usually.

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Shame this can't be downloaded outside the US but maybe that's a good thing, reports are it drains your battery, like we need another app doing that. I left Google Maps running when I first got it and the next morning my phone was dead.

Hmm, I did a quick search and found the following review which shows a couple ways of interacting with the app. One of which is like taking a look at you maps app so that wouldn't use any battery more than usual.

In this review he noted "some drain" but the user experience with it more than made up for it.

http://reviews.cnet.com/software/field-trip-android/4505-3513_7-35477437.html


I think this app has a lot of potential, maybe Apple Maps will come up with something similar added-on in the future.

Labaguette
Mar 8, 2013, 07:43 AM
In Germany it's not available eitherů :mad:

i got it from US Store, tried to use it here - but it contains almost only POIs in Berlin :mad:

Squilly
Mar 8, 2013, 08:57 AM
Now this is a great idea. I.Want.Now.