Localscope Review – For the explorer in you!

On November 14, 2012

App Type: Uncategorized

Localscope Review – For the explorer in you!

Our rating:

By: Cynapse India Pvt. Ltd.

Version #: 3.0.1

Date Released: 2012-10-27

Developer: Localscope Support

Price: 1.99

User Rating:

Localscope couldn’t possibly have had a better name as it does exactly what the name says – helps to explore the local areas. Ask anything you could think, about your surroundings and Localscope is here with the answer. Anything from sharing your location or finding the nearest gas station to seeing the latest local tweets, this app doesn’t spare anything.

The homescreen shows options to either Search for a particular entity or Discover recommended areas. Settings of the app and basic Location info can also be accessed from here. The green discover button opens into a huge pile of sources to access your neighborhood data. Sources include nearby photos from Panoramio, Instagram, Flickr & Picasa and videos from YouTube. Social networking is not left out with Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare integration. Other location based sites and apps like Yelp, CitySearch, Wikimapia and GoogleLocal are also available.

On the other hand, the blue search button helps you to find the nearest restaurant or bank or anything of that sort. Just like its discover counterpart, search are also includes numerous sources like Yelp, Foursquare, Wikimapia and GoogleLocal. In any page, we have the option to visit the results as pictures, on maps or as Augmented Reality representation. The AR mode is really interesting and works perfectly well (reminds me of the new Nokia Lumia Ads portraying similar feature called Nokia city Lense). Toggling and sorting your favorite sources is also easy with the simple interface.

Please keep in mind that this is not a navigation system to help you drive but just a tool to explore new areas. With the help of a large number of popular sources, Localscope covers almost the entire globe and can be handy during those tours abroad. Even with the iOS 6 3D maps and the Google Maps web app in the horizon, Localscope clearly beats everything we have ever laid our eyes on. To conclude, Localscope is 2 bucks well invested!

Quick Take

Value:Very High

Would I Buy Again:Yes

Learning Curve:NA

Who Is It For:For frequent travelers

What I Like:The interface and plenty sources

What I Don't Like:No navigation data

Final Statement:You don't need a tour-guide anymore

Read the Developer's Notes:
Location Browser for your iPhone

Localscope is a window to your world that lets you explore your surroundings like never before. Discover and find places, people and information around you using geo-tagged data from multiple local search engines, social networks, media sharing services and other apps.

? Named the best iPhone Navigation app in the App Store Rewind 2011 ?
? Featured by Apple in Staff Favorites, App of the Week, What's Hot ?


? Works worldwide - Explore your location wherever you are
? Explore geo-tagged information, photos and videos around you aggregated from diverse services
? Lookup your recent and favorite search phrases or browse everything nearby in a tap!!!
? Browse your search results in an amazingly intuitive list or gallery 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
? And many more nifty features!


Localscope currently aggregates information from the following services:

? Google Maps
? Google+ Local
? Facebook
? Foursquare
? Twitter
? iOS Reminders
? YouTube
? Instagram
? Panoramio
? Flickr
? Picasa
? Wikimapia
? Wikipedia
? Factual
? Citysearch
? Yelp


Localscope integrates with the following navigation apps for one touch turn-by-turn directions to discovered locations:

? Apple Maps App
? Google Maps (Mobile web)
? TomTom
? Navigon MobileNavigator
? MotionX GPS Drive
? Magellan RoadMate
? Navfree / Navmii GPS navigation
? MetroView Australia and NewZealand
? Sygic GPS Navigation
? iGo Primo
? Waze
? MotionX GPS & HD
? VZ Navigator
? Telenav


Localscope integrates and seamlessly opens results into the following apps to provide further interactions like checking in, liking, commenting etc.:

? Twitter
? Foursquare
? Instagram
? Yelp


Localscope speaks the following languages: Arabic, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish

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