Google Field Trip app launches on the Play Store

September 27, 2012
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Anyone in need of a virtual tour guide to take you on adventurous field trips? Google has you covered. Today Google has released a new app in partner with NianticLabs that is called "Field Trip" to be your virtual tour guide. The folks from Google simply explain it as, “your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you.” Lets check out their video below.

This location-based and aware app will tell you about all the things around you as you encounter them. This goes for monuments, tourist attractions, reviews, restaurants, and even trivia. In a way you can think of Field Trips as an extension to Google Now, using location to deliver all the details you'd ever need.

Here's what John Hanke, one of the product VPs at Google had to say:

The idea behind the app was to build something that would help people connect with the real, physical world around them... It’s always running in the background, so it knows where you are and is always looking to see if something interesting is in your immediate physical environment.”

Just like Google Now "cards" you don't have to open the app to use it. With Field Trips it will notice you're walking through a state park, or doing some touristy things and won't wait for you to ask -- it will deliver details right to you and you can decide to view them, or discard. They even have an awesome history option. You can always go back to find the name of that one awesome peak you encountered on that trip to the Grand Tetons in Jackson Hole. I could have really used this app over the past summer!

Google and NianticLabs new app Field Trip is available right now in the Google Play Store. Go ahead and give this free app a try today and be a little adventurous. Oh, and if the notifications are of any concern you'll be able to disable or enable as many or as few as you'd like. Get out and enjoy the fresh air folks!

[via SlashGear]


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  • http://www.djcube.co.uk Cube1701

    Looks interesting. Hopefully they’re planning on expanding it to more countries.

  • Sean

    You guys really need to stop advertising these “US only” apps to everyone as ‘available right now’ — people from all over the world read this too.

  • TechGuy

    These apps need to be clearly flagged with their regional restrictions.

  • SaraSalt

    Been using Tagwhat for quite some time. Compared it to Field Trip this weekend. Tagwhat blows Field Trip away. First, it works everywhere I’ve go (worldwide). Second, it brings me so much more content (over the last couple days). Tagwhat has nearby facebook pages, tweets and all kinds of live feeds that actually help with telling me about where I am. No thanks google.