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Feb
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My football buddy lives on the east side of Dallas. I'm way out west of Fort Worth. Since there are more than fifty miles between us, neither of us know the area of the megacity that's directly in the middle very well. When football season rolls around again, I'll give Meet Me Halfway a try: it's a simple little app that locates the midpoint between two people and helps you find good places to meet in the area.

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Initially Meet My Halfway just showed a physical midpoint between two addresses, as the crow flies. But with a few adjustments, it now shows the middle of the Google Navigation directions, making sure that the two parties spend roughly equal amounts of time driving to meet each other. Even better, it will show you selections of nearby points of interest, giving you instant meeting places. The interface is dead simple: just enter your address, their address, and press the button.

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Meet Me Halfway could use a general pointer function - I doubt Craigslist buyers will be eager to divulge their exact address to strangers. That said, it's a solid little tool, especially considering it's still in beta. The developer seems amenable to user feedback as well. Meet Me Halfway is a free download for Android 2.2 or higher - KitKat users, check out those transparent navigation and notification bars.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Suhas Vemuri

    I automatically like an app if it follows the latest android design guidelines. even if its a stupid app

    • squiddy20

      Just because it's "stupid" to you, does not mean it's "stupid" to other people. This is perfect for meeting up with long distance friends/family, and takes the hassle out of figuring out where the midpoint is.

      • Suhas Vemuri

        Woah.. I did not say that this app is stupid.. I like this app actually.
        Damn internet and the presumptions

        • squiddy20

          And I quote: "I automatically like an app if it follows the latest android design guidelines. even if its a stupid app".

          By all means, tell me more about how you supposedly didn't say the above quoted text. smh
          I'll even attach a photo of your comment (with timestamp) before you possibly edit your post to reflect you not saying it.

          • Suhas Vemuri

            What? Timestamp? I meant to say even if some app does not have a good concept I would still like it if it followed the design guidelines. Not that I don't like this app.

          • Alphajoe

            That's how I understood it as well. No need to fight about nothing.

          • PhilNelwyn

            He means that he wasn't talking about this app, not that he didn't say that.
            A screenshot, seriously?
            He was awkward.
            You're ridiculous.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            i even missed what he meant after reading it ~ 4 times

          • abobobilly

            I can easily see who is the bigger idiot.

            He clearly meant about "other stupid apps" and it was pretty obvious. Try to read the "context" instead of single words before going all out.

        • John-Phillip Saayman

          Don't worry. I caught that

    • sean

      perfect for dating.

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

        You should go all the way, not halfway, if you want to go all the way, if you know what I'm saying.

        • HopelesslyFaithful

          i prefer half way (69) :)

        • sean

          half way is perfect for first dates. Gotta save something for the encore.

  • randy

    I think there should be a list of shame for developers who keep ignoring the Android os and have no apps for it yet.

    I would put Khan Academy on top of that; in addition to tweetbot

  • Steve

    Diamond Rio reference ftw. Nice.

  • Jonathan Nakhla

    Hey Michael and Android Police thank you for the post about my app! Just a heads up immersive mode and status/navigation bar translucency are two different yet awesome features in KitKat that tend to get mixed up. Immersive mode is when apps hide the status bar and goes into full screen mode while status/navigation bar translucency is what I have going on in Meet Me Halfway. Thanks once again!

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    • kandy830

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    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      Is it available everywhere? Or only in certain countries or cities?

      • Jonathan Nakhla

        It should be available everywhere :).

        • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

          Nice! Thanks Jonathan! I'll check it out :)

          Just did... VERY cool! 5 stars in the GPS for sure!

          On a side note, are you Lebanese? Nakhla sounds like a Lebanese name.

          • Jonathan Nakhla

            Thank you! And I'm Egyptian.

          • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

            Very cool man :) Well, thanks for the handy app!

          • WHO?

            Glad you added POI lookup.. The meetup points balloons when clicked should pull amount of time and miles all in your app not just the name vs having to open google maps to get that info if possible.

    • JLM

      Cool app. I haven't tried it yet, but two features I'll look for are:
      - meeting halfway with multiple people
      - ability to pick transportation type (walking, train, car, bike)

      I think I'll be using the app anyway, but living in NYC, I can see those other options adding lots of value.

      • Jonathan Nakhla

        Transportation type is already added in there :)! It's under the menu button. And I'm looking into the multiple people thing. It'll be interesting to find a way to implement.

    • Frettfreak

      Great idea man! Gonna give this a try! Thanks

  • holofan

    Reminds me of that black eye peas song

  • Kylecore

    now waiting for google to implement as a feature in google maps when sharing locations

    • CoolCustomer

      Hopefully they just buy the developer's app when he is done so that he gets a nice payday for implementing something people have wanted for a while.

  • Richard Markert

    +1 for the Diamond Rio reference.

  • dsf

    Google's going to this buy this soon.

  • Evan

    Michael,

    Everyone knows your friend should suck it up and meet you in Ft Worth so you both can go to Freds for an incrediballs burger.

  • NinevehRy

    A good idea for those many times I've tried to be fair about meeting up. I love it when people fill a niche. However, I went Kenny Loggins with this one.

  • fzammetti

    Nice little app, I'll be more than happy to throw a buck or two down for it when it's final... the only feature that immediately came to mind that I'd want is the ability to choose between different routes as in Maps... for example, the path choosen between myself and my parent's house I recognize as the fastest route Maps produces, but it's not the BEST route as I know from experience, and usually Maps will show it as the 3rd or so option. If I could pick it that'd make this app pretty close to perfect in my mind.

    • Jonathan Nakhla

      Added to my checklist of features to try to add in the app!

  • oesjmr

    I haven't tried this out yet, I forgot my phone at home today. Does the app allow for more than two addresses? Let's say I have three or four buddies living in different areas of town, can we all find a common meeting spot?

  • Truth Squad

    you should include an option of listing the places where you can meet. Having only the bubbles is difficult to put your finger on all the bubbles.

  • sssgadget

    Great for Craigslist meetups ;)

  • ginobili

    Goatse.