Localscope allows users to explore the neighborhood around them with one app.
We thought we would start 2014 off with a bang by reviewing an app by one of our favorite developers, Cynapse. Several months ago, we reviewed Phlo for iOS, which is an app that allows you to search every major search engine with one click. It’s slogan, “Type once, search everywhere,” is the best description of it. Phlo’s developer, Cynapse, takes the same concept and puts it to work for social networking with Localscope.
Localscope is known as a location browser for your phone. It taps into all the major social networking services – Google Maps, Google+ Local, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, iOS Reminders, Instagram, Panoramio, Flickr, Picasa, Wikimapia, Wikipedia, Factual, Citysearch, Yelp, 2GIS, Zomato, Baidu, Yellow Pages Austrailia and ParkMe – to ensure you are as connected to the world around you as you possibly can be. Even though there are multiple apps that work with neighborhood discovery and navigation, the user can control which apps are active within the settings. There is also a sophisticated search function called, “Search Locally,” which allows the user to be able to see requested places, like restaurants, that are close to their current location.
When you open the app, it requests permissions to use Locations on the phone. The user can then authenticate as many of the coordinating apps as he or she wishes to. Once you have made it through these initial steps, the app finds your location and then provides the user insight to the world around them through the aforementioned apps.
Some of Localscope’s key features allow you to:
- Explore geo-tagged information and media around you aggregated from diverse services
- Search for anything around you and view results simultaneously from all sources
- Browse your search results in an amazingly intuitive list view with realtime direction pointers and distance meters
- Lay the results out on the map or look through the state of the art augmented reality view to spot the results in the real world
- Flick through results from different services and experience them side-by-side using the intuitive source slider
- Get rich information about places including informative badges for ratings, checkins, likes and more
- Navigate and get directions to your results, call them directly or store them to your address book in a tap
- Add geo-tagged reminders for any location and choose to get push notifications on arrival or departure from the proximity of the location
- Share your findings with your friends using Messages, Email, Facebook, Twitter or Sina Weibo
- Explore detailed information about a result using the in-app browser or open it into a linked native app
- Explore any part of the world by setting it as your virtual location
- See POIs laid out on a map on connected car receiver HUDs or other supported secondary displays. Even works with the AppleTV over Airplay Mirroring
Localscope works worldwide and supports more than 20 languages.
In my exploration of Localscope, I’ve found that it’s an easy-to-use, well-designed app that highlights the popularity of social establishments in the neighborhood. It’s a closer look at what my favorite social networking apps – Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare – are able to show me. And, it doesn’t require me to switch back and forth between multiple apps. All the information is located in one place.
Localscope recently went through a major update in mid-December and is now on version 4.0. Localscope is currently available for $1.99 (regular price $2.99) in the iTunes App Store.
For more information, visit Cynapse online.