Travel website lastminute.com have released an app for the T-Mobile G1 that flags up nearby activities on a radar-style display. nru (“near you”) takes advantage of the G1’s GPS and compass to work out where the user is, offering up a range of bars, restaurants, cinemas and cafés – among other things – that are geographically close.
The app uses information from several online databases, including Qype and fonefood, and thanks to the compass the display is automatically changed depending on which direction you’re currently pointing in. It can also find nearby shows and concerts, landmarks, and presumably any other category that lastminute later add. Once you’ve found a place that sounds interesting, a tap opens up the venue listing with whatever details, reviews and photos are available.
Held horizontally, with the screen facing up, nru shows the radar-style interface; hold it up, in either portrait or landscape orientation, and it shows whereabouts on your sight-line the nearest venue is. A free download from the Android Marketplace, nru is currently only available to UK G1 users.