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.
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.