Google’s Niantic Labs has now made it possible for consumers to use their exploration app Field Trip on their Android Wear smartwatches. The app was first released in 2012 for Android phones. It allowed users to explore their environment and provide different information ranging from secret venues, to local history to good pub recommendations. The phone version of the app will still work but with this new update, you will be able to get the information in a quicker version.
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How can you See the Information?
The smartwatch version of the app curates local content and shows the result on the watch face. This means, you can view data at a glance without taking out your phone every single time. The info cards will come up automatically when a wearer of the smartwatch move towards something of importance. Users will also be able to search data manually by using voice commands or through their touch. The info cards look like the ones seen in the Google Now app.
The Field Trip app, whether for the phone or the smartwatch, has been designed to use many news sources like cultural hub Run Riot, music service Songkick, history guide Historvius and more, to find the relevant information. When you have access to materials which are geographically relevant and which keep on updating as you move, it can be extremely helpful in travelling through places. You can easily find directions or know about points of interest, which would otherwise be missed.
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Availability of the App
The Field Trip app for phone is available for both iOS and Android devices. However, the app for smartwatches, is now only available for Android Wear. It is not yet known whether Niantic Labs will release a version of the app which will be compatible with Apple Watch.
You could get the preview on your smartwatch and you might then be able to use the app on your phone for more detailed information.
However, it is to be seen how well the detailed aspects of the app are condensed down to the watch. For instance, it would be impossible for you to move through possibly numerous tiny screens to read the history of a popular restaurant.
You can get the app and use it on your Android Wear to understand how helpful it can be. The potential is definitely strong.
Are you going to try out the Field Trip app on your smartwatch? Have you used the app on your smartphone? We would love to hear your thoughts.