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On the second anniversary of Localscope, Cynapse makes Localscope a free download on the App Store. Localscope’s unmatched location discovery experience lets users browse local information from diverse services in an amazingly intuitive list view with realtime direction pointers and distance meters, lay them out on the map, or look through the state of the art augmented reality view to spot the results in the real world. The entire Localscope experience is now available to consume geo-tagged information from 5 key services: Google, Facebook Places, Panoramio, YouTube and the Reminders app for free.
The new Localscope Premium provides all additional services from the ever growing list of integrations with diverse geo-information and social media services including Foursquare, Instagram, Wikipedia and more. Localscope premium also provides integration with a large number of paid navigation apps such as Tom Tom, Navigon and others for turn by turn directions. Localscope Premium is available as an in-app purchase at an annual price of US$1.99 or equivalent in other currencies.
“Two years and 22 versions after its initial release, we and many of our users think that local discovery using Localscope has evolved to become one of the best things that one can do using the iPhone. We have decided to make Localscope free as we feel a strong urge to bring this value to every iPhone user in the world and not just the ones who pay us before they experience it.” said Apurva Roy Choudhury, CEO Cynapse. “While Localscope with 5 key integrated services can be now be used for free by anyone in the world with an iOS device, the Localscope Premium paid subscription provides a broader set of local information from a continuously increasing portfolio of integrations with diverse services.”
In appreciation of the support from Localscope users who have paid to download the app prior to v3.1, Cynapse is providing them with an exclusive lifetime Premium subscription. The upgrade will be automatic when users update to v3.1 and the full set of services will continue to be available to them forever.
With v3.1, Localscope also adds integrations with even more navigation apps including the brand new Google Maps app. A complete list of What’s New in v3.1 is available on the App Store.
If there was one feature that was suppose to be “killer” in iOS 6, it was Maps. Apple had turned away from Google Maps and developed their own solution and all of the hype leading up to the release of iOS 6 pointed to it being great. The demos, after all, were awesome.
But as we all know by now, Maps was a flop. A large flop. So large in fact that it had a significant role in the dismissal of Scott Forstall from Apple. Apple publically apologised for the Maps app, promising to double efforts to make it everything that it should have been from launch. Requisitions on the Apple site indicate that Cupertino has and continues to look for mapping expertise to bring in house to help solve some of the issues.
So here we are, three months after launch. Has Maps improved. The answer, in my opinion, is a resounding yes. So much so that it has become my sole navigation app on my iPhone 5. Risky? Some thing so but I’m not one of them and I’ll tell you why.
Where To? 4.1 adds integration with navigation apps Sygic, Waze, Navfree, Navmii and the Germany based Navigon Urban, in addition to the already available Navigon MobileNavigator, TomTom, MotionX GPS drive and Maps app. Supporting a total of 9 of the top navigation apps Where To? users can use their favorite app to get turn-by-turn directions to any place found using Where To?.
In a nutshell:
* New app version: Where To? 4.1
* Local Search for the iPhone
* Finds 700 categories, 2,400 brands in 10 languages
* Exhibits locations on a map, in list format or using Augmented Reality
* New: Supports 5 more Navigation Apps: Sygic, Waze, Navfree, Navmii, Navigon Urban
* New: Multiple images, some of them zoomable to full size; videos (select places)
* New: More reviews displayed
* New: Built-in homepage viewer can be used in landscape mode
* New: National and State Parks added (USA, Canada, UK, Australia)
* Regular Price: $2.99 + $0.99 for Where To? 3D Augmented Reality
* On Sale for a limited time: $0.99 + $0.99 for Where To? 3D Augmented Reality
The update also adds multiple pictures to many place listings, some of them zoomable to full size. Select places even include videos.
The popular ratings and reviews section in the app was improved as well: “Our users love reviews in Where To? and have written thousands already. The new version displays even more reviews written by Google users”, says Ortwin Gentz, FutureTap CEO.
Where To? allows to easily find the closest and best rated restaurants, shops and services. With 700+ categories, 2,400+ brands and 10 languages, users are empowered to find all they need, everywhere on the world, in their own language. With its slick, intuitive user interface including a top-notch Augmented Reality view Where To? won several awards, was named App of the Week by Apple and recently featured in iTunes Rewind among the best navigation apps in 2011.
Pricing and Availability:
Where To? 4.1 (12 MB) is now available for download for $2.99 (USD) on the AppStore under the “Navigation” category. Users of the previous version get the update free of charge. The Where To? 3D Augmented Reality module may be tested free of charge for 30 days and can subsequently be unlocked via In App Purchase ($0.99 US).