The “location-aware” apps phenomenon is getting more and more intense each day. These apps are said to revolutionize the way we live and work, and if you look closer, you might just agree with that statement. As smartphones get more powerful, they get more abilities, and being aware of where they are just makes them better.
Android was the first operating system (thanks to the Google code contest) to receive automation apps that work based on the location of the device, its state and other factors. Locale was a good first try, and it still is a great app, but there are already other, better apps out there.
Here are just some of the best examples of location aware cool android apps that can really help you in day to day life, and in your business, as well.
Layar is often brought up when it comes to location aware apps, and it’s a good example, indeed. It is basically an augmented reality app, which displays a lot of information about the world around you. You can see information about buildings, restaurants and other points of interest, as well as other people who choose to participate. The app uses the GPS, camera, accelerometer and magnetometer to work, which is pretty much every sensor today’s devices have.
Skymap is a very neat application that is interesting to have and use. People who are fascinated with space, the stars and the sky should definitely try it out. It uses the magnetometer and a Wifi connection to display information about the stars on the sky and constellations. Just point the hone to whichever part of the night or day sky interests you and you’ll get the info you want.
Tasker is simply the best automation tool for Android phones out there. It may be a bit complicated for newbies, but once you learn how to use it, you’ll never want to go back. You can set it to silence your phone when you get to the office (using your GPS to see where you are), remind you to buy stuff from a grocery store when you’re near one, close apps and reduce processor speed when the battery is low, open you favorite sites in tabs when you get home and sync with your desktop, and much more!
ShopSavvy lets you compare prices in local and online stores with ease. If you want to buy something expensive, and are not sure if the price is right in the store you’re in, just point your camera to the barcode of the product and ShopSavvy will tell you where you can find the absolute best price in your vicinity or if it would be better to buy it online.
Foursquare is one of the most interesting games whose virtual world collides with the real one, and it’s a pleasure to play once you get into it. You basically have adventures, and can become the mayor of various parts of the real world in the virtual one. It’s kind of hard to explain – just check it out to see what I mean.
The number of location aware apps on the marketplace will most likely rise in the near future, and they will get progressively more useful and gain more features. If you want to see what the whole location awareness thing is all about, don’t hesitate to check out the above apps – they can actually be pretty damn useful sometimes!