Over the past months we’ve been hard at work on Where To? adding some cool new features supporting iOS 9 goodness. Today, I’m very pleased to present to you the next major update of the app, Where To? 9.0!
First, you can now add reminders using Siri. Just open the details page of any place, then press and hold the home button to talk to Siri:
- “Remind me about this” ( “Erinnere mich an dies hier”)
- “Remind me about this place tomorrow” ( “Erinnere mich morgen an diesen Platz”)
- “Remind me about this when I leave home” ( “Erinnere mich an dies wenn ich von daheim weggehe”)
You can experiment with the time and location conditions. Siri will automatically create a reminder in the iOS Reminders app, and link it to the place displayed in the Where To? app. This comes in handy if you always forget to pickup your clothes from dry cleaning, like me!
Also new in Where To? 9 is its tight integration with the improved iOS 9 Spotlight search feature. You can now view content from Where To?, right inside iOS 9 Spotlight search. Spotlight will display categories, favorites, and last-shown places from the app.
A simple tap of the search result will instantly open Where To? and take you to the location’s entry. Alternatively you can start a turn-by-turn navigation in the Maps application by tapping the directions button.
If you happen to be the proud owner of a shiny new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus you’ll love the new 3D Touch shortcut features of Where To? 9. You can access often-used features with just a firm press of your finger.
3D Touch shortcuts include:
- Search Nearby: Immediately displays the search field
- Your first favorite category, this defaults to “Any Restaurant”
- Your most recently used category. For example: “Hospitals,” “Supermarkets,” etc.
- Your most recently opened place. For example: “Yosemite,” “Disneyland,” etc.
Review Translation and Search Improvements
When you’re traveling abroad you’ll likely see reviews in foreign languages. You can now translate such reviews simply by tapping the little globe icon.
And when searching within the app you’ll see your matching favorite places as well. We also added hundreds of synonymous keywords for our categories – especially important when you dictate a search term via Siri on your iPhone or from the Apple Watch app.
More Content and Suggest Edit
We added more than 150k landmarks, 250k mountain tops, 100k recycling facilities, 1.2m bus and train stops, and more worldwide.
Should you encounter any incorrect data it’s now easy to report it to us. Just hit “Suggest Edit” and tell us in the form what’s wrong. Closed or duplicate places, wrong categories or opening hours – just let us know and we’ll look into it.
99¢ for a Limited Time
If you’re an existing Where To? 7.x or 8.x user the update is free for you. If you’re still on an older version or not on board yet, now’s your chance to get it and save 66% as it’s on sale for just 0,99 $/€. Go grab it!
Update: Where To? jumped to #1 in the German App Store top paid charts. Thanks for your love!
9% of all current Where To? users also have an Apple Watch and ran Where To? for Apple Watch at least once. That’s what our backend statistics show. We’re surprised by this high number just 3 months after the Apple Watch launch!
If we put this in relation to the 350 million iPhones sold since 20141 that would result in an astonishing 31 million Apple Watches sold!
Of course I know this comparison is flawed in a number of ways2 so the share of Apple Watch owners amongst Where To? users is certainly much larger than in the overall market. Nevertheless, the number is fascinating and encouraging!
If you have an Apple Watch and haven’t yet tried out Where To?, I encourage you to do so, too. And we’ll be closer to 10% soon!
1 Apple doesn’t reveal sales numbers for individual iPhone generations. So we’re forced to estimate: The first Apple Watch-compatible iPhone, the iPhone 5, was introduced in 09/2012. Since Apple also sells older models in any given timeframe, this timeframe is a conservative estimate of all Apple Watch-compatible iPhones in the market today.
2 First, Where To? for Apple Watch is featured on the Apple Watch App Store. Second, I assume users buying apps are generally more likely to buy relatively expensive gadgets like Apple Watch.
In Where To? 8.0.3 we improved the search backend leading to more, better and faster search results – Yay! In the last update we partly broke TomTom and Navmii interoperability – sorry for that! It works fine again now.
On the interoperability side, we also added support to get directions with Citymapper, HERE and Yandex Navigator.
As always, we’d be super-grateful if you take a minute and rate the app. Your 5 stars mean a lot to us!
We added several accepted payment cards for premium listings in Europe and fixed interoperability problems with a number of 3rd party directions apps. Also, we resolved a theoretical security issue involving authentication via Facebook and improved stability for future iOS versions . We improved VoiceOver support to aid the visually impaired.
Grab Where To? 8.0.2 from the App Store!
There’s currently an issue with our data provider that leads to a 404 error displayed in the app and no or fewer results displayed. (Only the majority of categories in Germany are unaffected.) We’re working hard to bring the service back online.
Please stay tuned here or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for status updates.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience!
Update June 26 (morning):
The problem is harder to solve than expected. We’ll probably need an App Store update to fully resolve the issue.
Update June 26 (afternoon):
Service has been restored now for Where To? version 6.x and 7.x.
Where To? 8.x users will have to wait for the next update, unfortunately. This is due to an issue in our online update mechanism in the current Where To? 8.0.1. Where To? 8.0.2 is already waiting for review – with an expedited review requested – and should be available in a few days.
Also note that at this time, result quality is suboptimal for certain categories. We will address this in the next but one update. This requires more time on our side and we didn’t want to give up our spot in the App Store review queue to make sure you receive the most important bug fix as soon as possible!
Update June 26 (evening):
We found a way to restore service for current Where To? 8.x users as well. So you don’t have to wait for the next update. We will now work on optimizing result quality.
In this update we refined the Apple Watch app introduced in 8.0. We now display the distance instead of the address in favorite places or search results. This gives you a better idea which places are near or more far away. The Glance now shows the last viewed place, no matter whether it was opened on the iPhone or the watch. Handoff from Apple Watch to iPhone now works for all screens and allows you to see the currently viewed watch screen on the iPhone.
We also squished a fair amount of bugs in this update, affecting both the watch and the iPhone app. Finally, Allryder is now Ally and Navfree is Navmii.
As always, we’d be super-grateful if you take a minute and rate the app. Your 5 stars keep us going!
Where To? 8.0 is now available on the App Store and includes our much anticipated Apple Watch app. It’s a free download for all Where To? 7.x users (Where To? 6.x users can upgrade) and requires iOS 8.0 or later.
For Where To? we always had one goal: make it as easy as possible to find restaurants, shops, and services while you’re on the go. Now with Where To? for Apple Watch, finding those locations is easier than ever. You don’t need to grab your iPhone out of the pocket and can engage with Where To? right from your wrist.
Search your favorite categories, voice-search anything else and access your (18 karat ) gold mine of favorite places. Fluidly scroll through the list of results using the digital crown. Then open the place details with street address, business hours, phone number and reviews. Check the current distance and direction below the map and get turn-by-turn directions with tactile feedback by tapping the map. To mark a place as favorite, use Force Touch to bring up the context menu.
Where To? also comes with a Glance for swiping up from the watch face to display the last viewed place from your iPhone. So you can select a destination on your iPhone and have all the information on your watch as well. The other direction is just as easy using Handoff: If you want to browse a location’s website on the big screen of your iPhone or wanna call the business, all you need to do is swipe up the Where To? icon on the iPhone lock screen or go all the way to the left in your app switcher. The Where To? iPhone app then opens the details page of the location shown on your watch.
No matter whether you’ve chosen the aluminum Apple Watch Sport, the stainless steel variant or the luxurious gold edition: Make sure to update to the latest version so you’re ready when the postman delivers your new gadget from next week on!
We’re excited about the upcoming launch of Apple Watch! Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy creating Where To? for this new device. Apple Watch enables us to deliver an exciting new way for you, our users, to engage with Where To? right from your wrist. While we’re all eagerly waiting to order the new hardware, I’d like to give you a sneak peek into our labs: