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Google's Field Trip app now available in the UK
Google’s Field Trip is an app which helps you find interesting places and things to explore whilst you’re out and about. It’s now available for UK users after having been only exclusively available in the U.S. previously. So if you’re out exploring the beautiful English countryside or taking a trip into London town any time soon you might want to take this app along as your guide.
Field Trip works by popping up notifications of nearby places using your Wi-Fi, mobile network or GPS location. It has two main settings for notifying you of locations: explorer mode, which shows you pretty much everything near you, or feeling lucky mode, which displays only the more major points of interest. You can also use the built in map features to navigate your way towards something which catches your eye, and you can customize the various categories to find locations which match your tastes.
Unfortunately it seems like the app works better in some locations than others. Central London is obviously pretty well mapped out, with hundreds of restaurants and tourist attractions for you to check out. But further out from the city center the content is pretty lacking. According to Field Trip there’s absolutely nothing to do within 5 miles of where I live, which is nonsense as I live next to four pretty nice restaurants. Even other large cities like Birmingham and Manchester only have a handful of places tagged in the city centers and most towns are lucky if there’s anything tagged to see in them at all.
On top of just location information the app also displays some text about attractions or businesses that you click on, which is a nice feature. You can also share places of interest via email or text, but unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any social network integration. You can also flag places to your favorites if you want to save something for another visit, which is again very helpful.
So if you’re heading into London you’ll find plenty of use for this app, but otherwise it’s pretty lackluster. Whilst this will no doubt improve with time, the app still has a long way to go until the level of information matches that provided for the U.S. If you want to see what there is to do in your local area you can download Field Trip from the Play store.