Google has presented its newest smartphone app, Field Trip. This app is an automated guide to the world around you as you simply walk down the street. It runs in the background of your phone and pings the user with notifications of nearby landmarks, local trivia, photos, restaurants and shopping. The idea behind the app was to “build something that would help people connect to the real physical world around them, according to John Hanke, a vice president of product.
As you get near something interesting, the app pops up a card about the location. “No click is required. If you have a headset or Bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you” as described in the app’s description.
The app has two modes. “Feeling Lucky” sends the user an occasional notification and “Explore” is for those who don’t mind a greater load of information. The types of notifications a user receives can be personalized. The user can control the amount of offers and deals received or just opt for history of a location.
The reviews are starting to come in on Google’s new “Field Trip” app. They range from disgust with companies trying to control what we see and learn to be a great app for traveling. The app is rated 4.0 stars. You may want to pay close attention to your data plan as the app is always running in the background. Also, be sure and note that it is possible that Google is tracking where you are all the time so the app will work. If this bothers you, don’t install the app. The only way to shut the app off is to uninstall. This app is not available in Canada.
A short video explaining the uses for the app is available on the app’s website http://www.fieldtripper.com. The app is free for Android only. The IOS version is expected to be released soon. The app is free.