We earlier featured White Pages' Current Caller ID Android app as a great way for smartphone users to see context before they answer a call. Current Caller ID shows you a caller's latest social streams, so you know what they've been up to, which can make for an interesting conversation piece. The app also gives you statistics on your usage, including most frequent callers and SMS correspondents.
WhitePages has released its app on Android, mainly as a locator app for finding friends and establishments using your smartphone's location services.
The app has two main features: Nearby People and Nearby Stores.
Nearby People. White Pages says a majority of Americans don't know the people in their neighborhood. The app makes it easier to be in touch with people in your community by offering access to contact details.
Nearby Stores. Meanwhile, the business-oriented functionality will let users easily find establishments in 80,000 neighborhoods around the U.S. This includes menus, maps and directions. The aim is for users to be able to easily find friends and meet up at interesting locations.
The app pulls Facebook and Twitter contacts for a more seamless experience. White Pages is available on both iOS and Android, and is a free download from Google Play.
Check out the video and press release below.
WhitePages Makes Finding People and Businesses Nearby Easier With New Android App
New location-based neighbor, residential and business discovery features help people find everything nearby
SEATTLE, WA –October 19, 2012 – Finding everything nearby — neighbors, U.S. households or local businesses — is now possible with the latest release of WhitePages’ (www.whitepages.com) popular mobile app for Android devices. With major upgrades that include new Nearby People and Nearby Stores features, WhitePages for Android transforms the traditional concepts of people and business search into a discovery model. Using the device’s location, it is now easier to find over 200 million U.S. adults and 30 million businesses while also seeing the names and contact information for those people and businesses located nearby, and then connect the two with maps, directions, phone numbers and addresses. The new WhitePages for Android builds on the recent success ofWhitePages’ Current Caller ID app, which combines social updates with call and text ID and has attracted over one million users since launching in August. The two companion apps integrate seamlessly to enable WhitePages people, business and phone number search directly from Current Caller ID.
“Earlier this year, we became the first to combine nearby people and business search capabilities into our top 10WhitePages iOS app,” said Sanam Mehta, product manager of WhitePages for Android. “Based on the overwhelming response, we are thrilled to expand the offering to yet another platform and can’t wait to help Android users discover and connect with anything nearby whether it’s where they are currently located or where they may be headed in the future.”
Get to Know Your Neighbors and Local Businesses with Nearby People and Store Discovery
With over 25 million total downloads to date, people rely on WhitePages’ popular mobile apps on Android and iOS devices for one-tap access to concise contact information for 90 percent of U.S. adults and nearly every U.S. business, including restaurant and spa menus, address, phone number, maps and driving directions, website links, foursquare check-in counts, reviews and more.
The new Nearby People feature makes it easy to get in touch with neighbors, whether your own or those of friends and family, by offering immediate access to neighbors’ phone numbers, mailing addresses and household members. With research showing the majority of Americans don’t know the people in their neighborhood, WhitePages makes it convenient for neighbors to reach each other whether for an emergency, to meet for the first time, return a lost dog, move their car, or send an invite to a holiday party. Contact information for neighbors can also be downloaded and saved in the address book of Android devices for convenient access.
With the addition of new Nearby Stores functionality, the app becomes a traveler’s best friend, making it easy to explore and find nearby businesses in over 30 popular categories throughout 80,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. The WhitePages app brings people and businesses together in a single search experience, to make finding maps and directions between homes and stores effortless. For example, locating a friend’s house across town or in a new city you’re visiting, then finding a nearby restaurant or coffee shop with menus, maps, directions and more is just a tap away thanks to the combined power of WhitePages’ 200 million residential listings and 30 million neighborhood businesses.
The new WhitePages for Android app now also pulls in friends and followers from Facebook and Twitter to seamlessly share destinations directly to Facebook, Twitter, email, text messaging or the Web. It can be downloaded in Google Play. Check out a video to see how it works.
WhitePages is the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S. With over 40 million unique monthly users and powering over 2 billion searches on over 1,500 sites including MSN and the United States Postal Service, only WhitePages offers consumers one-click access to more than 200 million adults, also providing them with the ability to edit and control their own listings. The company’s suite of mobile products includes a top-50 mobile website and popular Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, webOS and Windows 7 applications with over 9 million active monthly users.
For more information, please visit www.whitepages.com or check out the WhitePages blog at blog.whitepages.com.
J. Angelo Racoma is a journalist and community manager with a keen eye for emerging standards and technologies. He is passionate about the enabling nature of mobile devices in both emerging and established markets. Aside from mobile and apps, Angelo has an interest in enterprise software and technology startups as an editor for Tech Wire Asia and e27.co.
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