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Google Field Trip app arrives on iOS

updated 03:03 pm EST, Thu March 7, 2013

Follows long after Android debut

Google has released an awaited iPhone port of Field Trip, a tourism-oriented app originally launched for Android devices last fall. The title alerts people to nearby points of interest, including not just restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues, but art, landmarks, and discounts. Three different frequency settings determine whether the app pushes alerts frequently, rarely, or not at all.

Individual POIs can be saved as favorites, and/or shared with others via email and social networks including Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. A list of recent Field Trip "cards" can be loaded in case something was missed. An unusual feature of the app is a driving mode, which can be set to trigger automatically and talk about nearby places instead of just bringing them up visually. Audio descriptions are also available on foot.

The app is a free download, and requires a device running iOS 6 or later. Voice feedback only works when headphones or Bluetooth devices are connected.




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  1. pairof9s

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    Joined: 01-03-08

    That's pretty cool...

    Not sure how extensive it is beyond the major metro areas, but will give it a shot. Gotta hand it to Google, they develop (and maintain!) some great mobile software whether it's this or Goggles, or Maps, or Earth, or Drive, etc. Apple would do well to match Google's commitment to its software solutions.

  1. pairof9s

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    Joined: 01-03-08

    Quick follow up...

    Went and d/l Field Trip to see how it looks. Already ran into some quick red flags: MUST sign in to your Google account to use app (so now Google gets its investment back by knowing even more of where I am); has 24/7 GPS Notification (so even when app is closed) to operate which will kill battery life; launches Chrome (if installed) for web searches; has extensive results for even my remote rural area of S.C.; offers quite a few selections for reference sources that can be modified.

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