As a society we're always on the move, be it when we're working or when out socialising we're never in the same place for long. With all this moving about it's easy to get confused with where we are and what's around us. The developers over at Cynapse want to help us, hold our hands and guide us in the right direction. Which is why they've released their new socially powered GPS app, LocalScope.
The app allows you to locate places around your location such as banks, restaurants, cafes, emergency services, petrol stations, cinemas, car parks, shops, gyms, transport hubs, campsites. Pretty much anything you can think of. So long as it's been geo-tagged within one of the search engines or social networks, it'll show up in LocalScope.
Everything the developers have included adds to the apps value and it's all implemented in such a way it's still easy and intuitive to use.
On initial opening the first thing to say is the app looks very slick. It's a super example of how less is more, the designers have kept the majority grayscale with the exception of the social icons and pointers. This not only keeps things clear but it ensures the important information stands out.
I've used several apps similar to Localscope in the past and what most of them had in common was their ability to confuse. Localscope keeps things simple. The home screen has 4 main options. The first is the search field, ensuring the search dominant users amongst us are kept happy. Know the name of what you're after? Type it in the box and search for it.
The next option is category listings, this allows you to search for places depending on their type. i.e. shops, restaurants, pubs, petrol stations etc The list also includes recently your recently searched locations.
If you want to know whats around you you can use the 'Browse all nearby' option. Excellent when you're looking for a few different places. Maybe you're heading out for something to eat but need to find a bank for some cash. Browse all nearby and see where things are around you.
On initial opening the first thing to say is the app looks very slick. It's a super example of how less is more...
The last option allows you to select which search engine or social network to pull your results from, including Google, Bing, Foursquare, Twitter, Wikimapia. I found the default Google option to be enough but if you're not happy with the results brought back you can try one of the others.
Once you've entered something to look for you're shown the results on a map. Along with this though, you also get an augmented reality view and a list view. The list view has to be my favourite. Each listing has distance details and it's own individual compass, ensuring you know what direction to head in for individual locations. It's a great idea and shows you how far away things are at a quick glance.
Along with all these features you can get:
- Quickly add locations to your contacts
- Share locations with other people (SMS, email, Facebook, Twitter)
- Access a dynamic map showing your current location
- See your GPS signal (along with switching it on and off)
- Select between metric and US units
That's about it. It does seems like there's lots of features and it's true but they all have their uses. Nothings in for the sake of it. No deadweight. Everything the developers have included adds to the apps value and it's all implemented in such a way it's still easy and intuitive to use.
The guys over at Cynapse have produced one of the best location mapping and navigations apps available. Go download it now and open your eyes to what's surrounding you.