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!
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:
Where To? for Apple Watch is a great companion if you quickly want to find or go to a place without having to pull your iPhone out of the pocket.
The app lets you browse your favorite places and categories. Of course it displays the same favorites as in the iPhone app. You can see the details of a place, check the reviews and mark it as a favorite. When you switch from Apple Watch to iPhone, Where To? shows you the same place.
We can’t wait to get this version into your hands and we’re excited to be one of the first apps available for Apple Watch! Where To? for Apple Watch app will be free for all Where To? 7.x users.
Where To? 7.1.4 is now available. For those of you working on a Mac we added Continuity support: If you’ve opened a restaurant’s or shop’s homepage in Where To? you can now easily open the same page on your Mac (running OS X Yosemite). This might be useful if you want to look at one of these yesterday’s websites still using Flash or if you just want to make use of the bigger screen. Continuity is enabled if your iPhone and your Mac are on the same Wifi network. Your Mac then automatically displays the Safari icon along with an iPhone icon in the dock.
Distances displayed in the app are now more precise. They’re now rounded to the nearest 5 m or yd. This gives you a more immediate feedback when walking to a destination – especially using our Pebble companion app.
No update without a healthy dose of bug fixes: This time we improved the result quality for movie theaters and gas stations in English and fixed the place lookup when launched with a URL such as whereto7://?poi=15113542365961283751.
As always you can download the update on the App Store.
The new Where To? 7.1.3 update supports Allryder to get directions to any place found. Allryder is different from the more than 50 directions apps we support: It not only shows public transport directions but also takes into account a cab ride as well as car and bike sharing services such as car2go, DriveNow, call-a-bike or Nextbike. For each service the estimated travel duration and price are listed. We particularly like Allryder for its beautiful, fluid user interface. Headquartered in Berlin, the folks at Allryder currently support Germany, Ireland, London and Zurich.
In addition to Allryder support we haven’t been lazy for this update:
- We added 90 additional brands, mainly in the US and Germany – so you can easily look for places of your favorite chain.
- When you save a place as a contact we now store phone numbers in international format. The same goes for the VCARD attachment when sharing a place via email.
- Some of you wondered why we request “Always” location permission and not the “While in Use” permission introduced in iOS 8. The reason is certain features such as the Pebble integration need background location. That’s why we ask for this permission to begin with. Of course, we don’t hog your battery and carefully use location services only when needed. Nevertheless, you spoke and we listened. So here’s a solution for those who’re concerned: Open the system Location Privacy Settings (there’s a shortcut from the in-app settings) and select “While Using the App”. Just be aware that certain features that need background location might not work. Don’t tell me you haven’t been warned! 😉
- We worked on the map region control to make the zoom-in to the set of found places more reliable.
- On iPhone 6 Plus the indentation of list rows and the corresponding separator lines was a bit off, so we fixed that.
- We had a particularly bad crash slip through for users with Russian, Swedish or Thai as their system language. Thanks for informing us, Alexey, so we could fix it. While we’re at it: if you encounter a bug, crash, or any other issue, please, please let us know! If you don’t, there’s no way for us to fix them!
- And we fixed numerous minor bugs that are too negligible to mention them here.
As always you can download the update on the App Store. And if you want to do us a little favor, take a minute and post a nice review on the App Store! ❤️
iOS app collaboration has become increasing popular these days, so I’d like to highlight the great new possibilities we added to our URL scheme API in Where To? 7.
To return to the calling app, Where To? 7 supports the x-callback-url specification:
||Example value *)
|Display name of the originating app. Displayed in a blue bar on top of the navigation bar.
|Callback URL to launch the originating app. Will be opened if the user taps into the blue bar on top of the navigation bar.
|Callback URL to launch the originating app in case of an error. For instance, if a POI specified in the URL can’t be found, this error callback URL is opened.
*) Example values are shown here in non-encoded form. In the actual URL they have to be URL-encoded.
When a destination is provided via the location or poi parameter, Where To? can optionally display directions to it using the showDirections parameter. The means of transport can be specified (car, bike, pedestrian) or left at the last selected state (whereto).
Show bicycle directions from San Francisco to a great burger place in Sausalito:
Directions using third party apps
In addition to the built-in directions viewer, any of our 40+ supported third party apps can be launched to show directions. Just specify the name of the app as shown in Where To? as the value of the showDirections parameter.
Navigate from Portland to Mount Rainier National Park using CoPilot Live:
Launch Where To? for Pebble
By specifying pebble as the value of the showDirections parameter the Where To? companion app automatically opens on the Pebble watch and displays the direction and distance to the destination.
Show the direction and distance to the Eiffel Tower on the Pebble watch:
Send to car
By specifying bmw, mercedes-benz or mmi-connect (for Audi) as the value of the showDirections parameter places can be sent right to the car dashboard.
Send the details of Zugspitzbahn (cable railway to Germany’s tallest mountain) to the BMW dashboard using BMW ConnectedDrive:
To familiarize yourself with the parameters supported by Where To?, consult the Where To? API documentation with all the details.
If you’ve implemented interesting workflows using the Where To? URL scheme or if you support it in your app, please let us know. We’ll gladly mention it here.
Likewise, if you’re missing a certain parameter, please contact us with your idea.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
We thank all of you for a successful year 2014 and wish you a great holiday season!
Looking forward to 2015, we’ll be eager to support ᴡᴀᴛᴄʜ and have a lot of great surprises in the pipeline. Stay tuned!