27
Sep
fieldtriptiny

Hi. Welcome to the future. Mountain View, California, 2012. I'm telling you it's great here. You've got a location-aware, always-connected supercomputer in your pocket. What good is it, though, if you're only ever using it to check what's going on in Facebook land? Enter Field Trip, the latest app to be released by Google (via the obscure Niantic Labs), which offers you information about all the things around you, including trivia, facts about local monuments, restaurant reviews, and more.

The coolest thing about this app is that you don't need to pull it up to use it. Very similar to Google Now's notifications, Field Trip won't wait to tell you about something it thinks you might want to read up on in the area. Instead it will volunteer when you need it. Walking through a state park? A card will pop up with information on areas of interest. On a road trip? The discovery service can speak aloud interesting tidbits about your surroundings. There is even a history option that keeps track of all your recent findings.

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Field Trip is free on the Play Store right now. It looks like it's a fantastic way to learn more about your city and find things you never would have otherwise. It's even better if you're a fan of the skeuomorphism look, even if it does deviate from the trodden paths of Android design. But isn' that what the spirit of this app is all about? Also, if you're worried about getting a ton of notifications, don't worry. You can receive as many or as few prompts as you'd like. So, why not give it a go?

Update: Sadly, this looks like it's a US-only app for right now.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • JLishere

    All of this is just laying the groundwork for Project Glass.

    • Tyler Chappell

      Nailed it.

  • akshat oswal

    Not available in India ! :(

    • bosedk

      shit!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/rohitdb99 Rohit Bhatia

      SAD ... :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/Demon1971 Mick Collingwood

    Not available In UK :(

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

    Could someone upload the .apk? I'd really like to have a look at the app but I'm living in a part of the world where we're not worth of such an app.

    • Devin

      I would also appreciate if someone uploaded the APK :) Since this is a free app and all...

    • PhilNelwyn

      I don't understand... this is not a game, this is a location related app.
      What would you do with an app that doesn't display any information from your country?
      I think that you see more things in the screenshots than you'd see on your phone.

      • Devin

        Generally most things that work in the US work here in Canada too - Field Trip works in Canada (since Zagat works here) which is why I am confused why they did not release it here as well. In Toronto you get a ton of recommendations.

        • PhilNelwyn

          Ah, ok. If at least Zagat works then why not, for a quick glance at the UI.
          But personally, I can't see the point of trying an app that I won't be able to use fully.

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    • http://twitter.com/sam1am John Samuel αΩ

      You could install the app, but it won't show you anything useful or interesting.

    • JLishere
  • Tom S

    Not available in Canada

  • Eduardo Grotteschi

    Argentina Neither...

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaszast Kaszás Tibor

    Not avail in Hungary... :(

  • http://twitter.com/janhohner Jan Hohner

    Not available in Germany either...

  • kurt hinds

    Its sick but not available to outside America: (

  • Royal2000H

    The video looked like it was going to be Augmented Reality using the phone's compass + gps + camera (there's apps like that), to which I would have said "oh it's like google glass minus the glasses" but then based on screenshots it looks way different.

  • awww

    can someone upload the apk? can't download it :(

  • Valter

    Not available in Portugal :S

  • ChristianAhlin

    I really don't get this, this should be a feature in Google Now, not it's own app.
    It even has the same communication pattern as Google Now, is it a try before integrating?

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

      I agree. This should just be a Google Now feature. It IS a nice app though.

    • http://twitter.com/sam1am John Samuel αΩ

      Patience...

    • smithers85

      perhaps this will shed some light on why they haven't integrated it into Google Now, which is available only on 4.1.x Jellybean: http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html

      • PhilNelwyn

        Yes, indeed.
        Now please could you also shed some light on why this is not a Google app?
        Cause it's beyond me.

  • hasan

    Another US only app. Tired of seeing US only apps...

    • jason

      Then encourage open government

      • http://www.facebook.com/rohitdb99 Rohit Bhatia

        if u dont have anything better to add even for an insult, then DONT reply

    • http://twitter.com/sam1am John Samuel αΩ

      I'm tired of people complaining that a location-based app that gets its data from a huge list of mostly US-based databases expect Google to release this app worldwide.

      • Alan

        I agree, but Android Police should be saying if it's US Only in the article.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Google should be saying it, then we can repeat it. They didn't, so how are we supposed to know this if it's available to us here?

      • http://www.facebook.com/rohitdb99 Rohit Bhatia

        Well buddy, there could have been a mention of the same.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rohitdb99 Rohit Bhatia

      IKR :/ Disappointing to see how this author and Play Store both DONT mention this. Clearly the author is living in a pond, there are other countries on the World Map...if u know one exists...

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Think about it - if the app doesn't mention it and the author lives in the US (95% of the team does), how is he supposed to know which countries it's available in at the time of writing?

  • emperor43

    I just installed the app on my nexus 7, but i can't on my s2 ? And yeah..it finds nothing nearby... Austria

  • http://twitter.com/Vizualize a.d.AM

    If its like google now and its a google owned app why dont they just put it in google now.

  • Alessandro Angotzi

    useless in austria T_T

  • Andrew

    I'm getting kinda tired of all this US only stuff associated with Google. They say they're working on it, but they can't be working on it very hard as they churn out an order of magnitude more US only stuff than worldwide stuff. Just this week they finally put paid Play apps in India, which is only one of the worlds largest and fastest growing economies. That should have been in place years ago.
    With the likes of music and movies etc, why is that other companies don't seem to have licensing problems but Google do? Really comes across like they just don't care at all.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      Other companies do have problems. Amazon sells the Kindle Fire in maybe a couple countries, Netflix has only recently been able to get licensing rights in more countries, and then there's stuff like Spotify that similarly takes a while to get to the US. This isn't a Google-specific problem.

      You have to remember, Google is a comparatively young company. Microsoft and Apple were both founded in the 70s. They've had decades to set up international market branches and establish commerce channels. Google, meanwhile, was founded in 1998. And it was a search engine. That's it. It wasn't until the Android era began in 2008 that Google had a pressing need, not to just have a presence in other countries, but to lead that charge.

      Even if you just compare with iTunes, which was launched in 2001, that's a seven-year advantage Apple has in selling digital goods online. That's seven years of establishing relationships with record labels. TV shows were added in 2005 and movies in 2006. Apple's been selling digital goods online, and in other countries, for longer than the entire modern smartphone wars.

      It sucks that Android has taken off on such a global scale before Google's built the infrastructure to support the Play Store and everything therein throughout the entire world. It really does. But it's entirely unreasonable to say that "this should have been done years ago." It couldn't have. It'd be impossible, without just giving the entire smartphone market to Apple.

      • Andrew

        You make good points, I suppose it hadn't really occurred to me that Google only got in on this stuff comparatively recently. Still, I hope it's a priority for them.

  • Jon Garrett

    Note to Google; I hope you patented every aspect of this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rohitdb99 Rohit Bhatia

    Dear androidpolice........y dont u tell ur followers that its a US ONLY app???? Wasted my time over ur nonsense. PLS STATE iMP things first!!! Disappointed both with androidpolice and playstore...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Dear Rohit,

      1. We don't know what countries every app that goes live is available in unless the description tells us. It didn't.
      2. Clicking on the app takes only a second to see if it's available or not.
      3. Comments are here to help bring up issues the author hasn't addressed, such as, in this case, availability in other countries. They served this purpose well here.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rohitdb99 Rohit Bhatia

        Thanks a lot, will keep in mind

  • Tee

    Another complain: AP please, understand there is life outside the US.

  • anywherehome

    finally! Ive been waiting for that app for an eternity....but do you know that there are some people outside US?