Top 8 Best Free “Location-Aware” Android Apps

April 18, 2012
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The incorporation of your location into applications has become extremely popular over the past year. Looking at the permissions you grant when you install an app, it seems as if every app in the market wants to know where you are. But don’t fret, these apps aren’t here to steal your identity or track you down and find you, they are built to help you.

Google was the first to bring location apps to the mobile platform. Furthermore, the technology has come along with contributions from tons of developers and even Google. wired


Layar

Layar is by far one of the coolest apps in the Google Play Store. Using Augmented Reality (AR) technology, Layar allows you to interact with the world around you with different layers of information.

More specifically, there are over 3,000 different layers that includes categories like restaurants, art, buildings, and more. In addition, Layar was recently updated with Layar Vision.

Layar Vision further utilizes your camera and recognizes real-world objects such as menus and posters. Finally, if you have a Samsung device you might find yourself with Layar pre-installed.

Price: Free!
Requires Android: 2.1+
Download: Here


Google Street View

Google Maps Street View takes mobile mapping to the next level. This popular desktop feature is now available as an add-on for Google Maps.

Street view allows you to see Google’s Maps from the street-level perspective. The images are always 360-degrees and they can help you find stores, parks, and more that might not be listed in the map itself.

Have you ever wondered how Google gets their pictures?

Price: Free!
Requires Android: 2.1+
Download: Here


Taxi Magic

Need a taxi? Taxi Magic for Android allows you to find taxis near you. In addition, you can track the taxi in real-time until it picks you up. Finally, the app allows you to quickly pay with your credit card.

These features are available in 40 major US cities. Taxi Magic lets you call a taxi in over 4,000 US and Canadian cities as well.

The app and its services are completely free besides a $1.50 documentation charge for paying with your credit card through the app.

Price: Free!
Requires Android: 1.5+
Download: Here

 

 


Poynt

Looking for a night of dinners, movies and shopping in the city? Let us poynt you in the right direction! Poynt is a location-based search application for finding businesses, movies, restaurants, people, offers and events near you.

Once you have found the perfect place with Poynt, the app lets you quickly place a phone call, get directions, view showtimes or even reserve a table!

Have you ever heard of timescity.com? The makers of Poynt have also developed an application called timesPoynt. The app searches the area for events, movies, restaurants and nightlife!


Price: Free!
Requires Android: 1.6+
Download: Here


GasBuddy

With gas prices on the rise and showing no sign of stopping any time soon, you’re probably always looking for the lowest prices around. GasBuddy finds you the lowest priced gas stations around you with just a click of a button.

In addition, the service is backed by users that enter gas prices through the app. Furthermore, everytime you enter a gas price you will earn a certain amount of points. If you get enough points you can enter to win a $250 gas gift card that is given out once a week!

Although user-backed applications have been known to fail in the past, GasBuddy’s reward system has created a reliable community of gas buddies.

Price: Free!
Requires Android: 1.6+
Download: Here


Localicious

Localicious is the most dependable way to find “what’s good in the hood”. Backed by WhitePages, this app will help you find local restaurants, businesses and much more.

Unlike other similar apps, Localicious is not limited to just the big cities. Over 80,000 U.S. cities are available in Localicious’s database. Furthermore, the app will automatically find your location for the best and closest results.

Finally, if you’re into Foursquare, Localicious let’s its users pre-set check-ins! Now, as soon as you arrive, Localicious will already have checked you in.

Price: Free!
Requires Android: 2.2+
Download: Here


Yelp

In the mood for reviews? Or are you the critical type? Yelp not only finds you local businesses, gas stations, restaurants and much more, it helps you find the best!

After typing in a quick vague search, Yelp will allow you to narrow your results by distance, price, and even hours of operation.

In addition, Yelp lets you add pictures and reviews of businesses to help alert or draw other users. Finally, Yelp can help you book a table instantly through OpenTable (our next pick) without even leaving the Yelp app.

Price: Free!
Requires Android: Varies
Download: Here


OpenTable

Not only will OpenTable help you find and get to over 20,000 restaurants in the US, Canada, Mexico and UK, this app gets you a spot before you even pull up.

Now you can feel like a VIP with instant and free dinner reservations. Simply search, refine, review, and reserve your table for free!

Finally, if you find that OpenTable is the app for you, you can join their free membership program to earn dining rewards and manage your past and future reservations right from your Android device.

Price: Free!
Requires Android: Varies
Download: Here

And so there you have it! The best (free) location-aware Android apps! Many developers and other bright minds in the billion dollar app business say that location aware apps and services are the next big thing. Do you agree?

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