Updated 11/12/2012 05:00 AM
App Wrap: "Field Trip," "TagWhat"
YNN highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment “App Wrap.” YNN's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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Google's new "Field Trip" app is like mixing a human tour guide with a written tour book. A user chooses what types of things he or she would like to know about a city, such as architecture, history, restaurants, outdoor art, or even which locations were used as movie scenery.
After the selections are map, the phone's GPS uploads Google maps with all the hotspots that relate to those tastes. The map can be browsed all at once, or the user can take a stroll and the phone will ring or vibrate when something is near.
There is also a "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" button just like on Pandora, so that the app can learn a user's likes and dislikes.
"Field Trip" is a free, Android-only app but an iOS version is due out soon.
"TagWhat" works in a similar way as it is designed to tell users about their surroundings. The big difference is developers say they are trying to tell a story. When a user passes a landmark, he or she gets relevant information that is pulled primarily from social networking sites like Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter and FourSquare.
In addition to learning about different spots, "TagWhat" users are also likely to hear about specific anecdotes from those places, even if the sites are not necessarily found in mainstream guidebooks.
Developers say the app scours the Internet for stories, photos, videos and information from the past 20 years about any physical place in the world.
"TagWhat" is also a free app for Android and iOS devices.