Where To? 7.0 is there

After more than one year of work we’re proud to launch Where To? 7.0 on the App Store today. It’s the biggest update ever in the history of the app. We completely restructured and redesigned the user interface – not only for the current iOS 7 but also with the upcoming iOS 8 in mind.

When we started developing this version we knew we wanted more than just some iOS 7 polish and an all-flat interface. Instead we sat down and reimagined the complete user experience of the app. We wanted the map to be more prominent, so it’s now visible almost everywhere, especially in the details of a listing. So you never lose focus of the location.

Various sophisticated animations, for instance when dealing with the new category wheel, add up to a more fluid and pleasing user experience.

Seeing is better than reading so check out the video:

If you’ve used Where To? 6 before, you’ll agree that this is almost a complete new app. And this is what we have done on the App Store: After five years of free updates Where To? 7 comes as a paid update. That means: Existing users need to purchase the new app again. To accommodate all our loyal users (and the early birds!), Where To? 7 is available for $1.99 during an introductory period of two weeks. After that the price will go up to the standard $2.99. To make the transition as smooth as possible, all favorites and settings are of course synced over to the new app.

But now let’s get to the good stuff. We not only redesigned the whole user interface but also added some great new features:

  • Details: The details page is now seamlessly integrated with the map. That means the map is now always visible, at least in part.
  • Separation of Reviews and Photos: Now there are three tabs on details pages: “Details”, “Reviews” and “Photos”. It’s not required to open a sub page anymore. The new photos browser gives more room to the photos with larger thumbnails.
  • New list view: In list views, single items can be swiped to the left to display contextual buttons. Categories and place results can be marked as favorites. For place results directions can now be opened more quickly.
  • BMW ConnectedDrive: Where To? now also works together with BMW along with Mercedes-Benz and Audi. The place information can now be sent to BMW ConnectedDrive to transfer it easily to the BMW dashboard. The cumbersome manual adding of destinations in the onboard navigation system is gone.
  • Pebble smart watch: Where To? is compatible with Pebble smart watches. The free Where To? companion app† for Pebble must be installed. Then the watch displays the direction and distance to the destination. The iPhone can be kept in the pocket while going to the destination.
    † available soon, after a required Pebble firmware update is published.
  • New sharing option: Found places could always be shared via text message, Facebook, Twitter or email. When sharing via email the address is now attached as a Vcard to easily import it. If the recipient also has an iPhone destinations can now be sent using AirDrop as well.

I hope you’re as excited as we are about the new version! Check the (new and shiny) Where To? website and grab Where To? 7 on the App Store now.

Ortwin asked me to write this guest post, a translated version of my original post in German. Since I’ll visit Croatia this summer, I looked for prepaid SIM cards with mobile 3G/4G Internet.

The following selection came together because I looked for a vendor with good network coverage in the area (near Donji Miholjac) where I’m staying.

I have found the following vendors:

I linked to the English pages where possible to make your life easier. :-)

To make the different offers comparable, I did a calculation for a 2 week vacation with maximum Internet volume.

T-Mobile.hr (own network)

As a Telekom user in Germany my eyes fell on the Croatian colleagues there. In the package you have a Micro SIM. If you need a Nano SIM, the easiest way is to exchange it in a local Telekom shop.

One time Options Total
SIM-Card 20 kn 0 kn
Internet XL 2GB 0 kn 75 kn option for 30 days
MMS/SMS-Flat HR 0 kn 20 kn 10 kn each week
Total Kuna 20 kn 95 kn 115 kn
Total € 2.65 € 12.58 € 15.23 €
KUNA/€ exchange rate 7.55

Update 11.09.2015: If you travel to Croatia for just one week or if you need a lot of data they have a new offer. For 11 € (85 kn) you get a 7-day flat without limitation and 75 Mbit/s. Their Twitter support told me you can reactivate it after you have topped up your SIM card again. You can buy this card in a local Telekom shop. More information on their Visiting Croatia page.

Vipnet (own network)

The second vendor I found is Vipnet.hr. However, the information on the page was not easy to find. If you need a Nano SIM you can get it directly at purchase. VIP offers complete packages that strike me as very balanced.

One time Options Total
SIM-Card-Package 50 kn 0 kn for 50 kn you get:
1500 minutes/SMS budget in Croatia
1500 MB
Total Kuna 50 kn 0 kn 50 kn
Total € 6.62 € 0 € 6.62 €
KUNA/€ exchange rate 7.55

bonbon.hr (uses T-Mobile network)

A Croatian friend of mine recommended bonbon. As far as I found out, it’s in fact part of the T-Mobile.hr group, similar to Congstar in Germany. bonbon currently has a nice bonbon for tourists: “Upload your credit with 80 kn and you get a discount of 50% on a package of your choice” (extract from http://www.tourist.bonbon.hr/en/prices-packages ). Even if this offer expires sometime, it’s a really fair offer for this price (5 GB for 90 kn). Update 11.09.2015: The Price of 45 kn is now the regular Price for 5 GB of data volume.

However, bonbon doesn’t have Nano SIMs in their starter pack. After an exchange with their Twitter support (very friendly & fast) you get it as a replacement card but they send it only to Croatian addresses. The card arrives in 2-3 days, sometimes even faster.

One time Options Total

20 kn 0 kn
Internet 5GB

0 kn 45 kn current offer: 50% for the first package
1200 SMS in HR

0 kn 60 kn
Total Kuna

20 kn 105 kn 125 kn
Total €

2.65 € 13.91 € 16.56 €
KUNA/€ exchange rate 7.55

I decided to go for bonbon. Part of the reason was their friendly support.

That’s it with my short overview of mobile Internet in Croatia. If there are changes, I’ll update this post. Also, please post your feedback in the comments.

Note by Ortwin: My thanks to Arnaud for adding his experience about Croatia to our ongoing series of how to get 3G data access internationally. If you want to support his blog, he’s happy to receive some Flattrs.

Update 21.08.2015: Oftentimes it’s convenient to order a SIM card in advance. This saves you from finding and going to a local store. ebay seller crotopbrands offers Croatian SIM cards from bonbon, VIPnet and Tele2 (Croatia’s smallest mobile network but with free roaming with T-Mobile.hr).

6th Annual Best AppEver Awards WinnerYou, our dear users, have spoken: You voted Where To? the “Best Travel App” at the 6th Annual Best App Ever Awards. Thanks a lot for your support!

We feel honored and are delighted to receive this recognition. It’s a big incentive to make Where To? even better! Speaking of that, the next version of Where To? is shaping up nicely. We’re working full-steam on this update and can’t wait to show you the fruits of our labor!

Even Streets, our Street View app launched just over a year ago, didn’t go home with empty hands. It achieved a great third place in the “Best App for Locals” category.

mercedes-icon-130.pngWhere To?iPhone and Mercedes-Benz play well together! In partnership with Mercedes-Benz, we developed a smart solution to send locations right to the car. After selecting the destination in Where To?, you can send it to the Mercedes-Benz cockpit with just a single tap. The location is displayed in the car head unit and the on-board navigation system guides you to the destination without taking the hassle of entering the address first.

To configure the connection with your car, you have to enter your COMAND Online ID the first time you send a location. Optionally, you can define Mercedes-Benz as your default routing service using the bookmark button on top of the list of apps by selecting Mercedes-Benz. This allows you to send a location to your car simply by long-tapping the directions button, skipping the app selection.

Where To? and Mercedes-Benz

To change or remove the connection with your car, you can edit the COMAND Online ID under “Advanced Settings”.

Send-to-Car for Mercedes-Benz requires a vehicle equipped with COMAND Online and the newest Where To? 6.7 update. This update also contains bug fixes and is recommended for all users.

Top App 2013 iOSWe’re proud to announce that Streets has made it among the most popular apps of the year at CHIP Online! You’ll find it at rank #41 in the Top 100 photo gallery (text in German).

BREAKING: Santa spotted

It’s official: Santa Claus is real. We’ve spotted him on Streets1) in North Pole, Alaska!

We do hope he’ll get to work now quickly and deliver all the gifts to you in time!

With that we’d like to wish you all a very merry christmas, relaxing holidays and a great start into 2014!

1) Both Streets and Where To? are on sale over xmas – in case you’re searching for a last minute gift. ;-)

Grüezi Zürich!

Where To?Where To? now supports the free ZVV-Fahrplan app for public transport directions in the Zurich area. This brings the total number of supported directions apps up to 42! While this is certainly the answer to the ultimate question of life, we strive to increase this number even further. If there’s a specific directions app you’d like to see supported in Where To?, please let us know!

In other news, we’ve recently released the Where To? 6.5.3 update with the following release notes:

  • Improved: brands marked as favorite are shown as favorite even if in another category (ex: mark “McDonalds” as favorite in Fast Food. It’s now also shown as a favorite in “Any Restaurant”)
  • Improved: selected brands marked as favorite in the brands chooser are shown with a checkmark, not the favorite star
  • Fixed: share sheet in AR mode wasn’t shown
  • Fixed: Food & Drink category grouping: “Any restaurant” messed up grouping of “A”
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  • Fixed: various memory issues
  • Fixed: various race condition crashes

By the way, if you’re searching for a last minute Christmas gift, you might want to check out Where To? and Streets. Both are on sale right now!

Tube Tracker IconTube TrackerWe’re happy to announce that Where To? is now compatible with Tube Tracker, the popular London Tube app.
No matter what place in London you’ve chosen in Where To? – with Tube Tracker you can request the next Tube connection in just a snap.

I personally like the ease of use and beautiful UI of Tube Tracker. It’s hands down the best Tube app out there!

Andy Drizen, developer of Tube Tracker, adds:

Where To? provides such an intuitive and fun experience for finding nearby locations, and I’m proud that Tube Tracker will now be available to help plan the journey.

For destinations in Greater London Tube Tracker is now listed under the directions apps. No Where To? update required but make sure to update to the newest Tube Tracker 2.5.3 or higher!

Retrieve iOS device colors

I recently came across a private API to find out the hardware device color of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. There are two color values, the DeviceColor (front side) and the DeviceEnclosureColor (bezel/back side). The latter is not supplied in all cases. Here’s the code to retrieve these values:

UIDevice *device = [UIDevice currentDevice];
SEL selector = NSSelectorFromString(@"deviceInfoForKey:");
if (![device respondsToSelector:selector]) {
    selector = NSSelectorFromString(@"_deviceInfoForKey:");
if ([device respondsToSelector:selector]) {
    NSLog(@"DeviceColor: %@ DeviceEnclosureColor: %@", [device performSelector:selector withObject:@"DeviceColor"], [device performSelector:selector withObject:@"DeviceEnclosureColor"]);

In a joint effort, we collected the values for most devices (thanks to all contributors!).

Peter Maurer finally mentioned the file system location for artwork of the various iOS devices:


With this knowledge at hand I decided to write a small demo app that displays the artwork and the device colors and lets you share them. Unfortunately, this uses a private API, so don’t use this in App Store builds as your app will get rejected!

Nevertheless I can imagine various interesting use cases to match the interface UI with the hardware color. So if you’d like to see this in a public API, feel free to dupe my radar.

Where To?Where To? 6.5 is now available for download. We’ve fixed some iOS 7 issues as well as general issues with content details such as opening hours, pictures and reviews. We haven’t updated the UI for iOS 7 yet. This will be part of a complete UX overhaul in Where To? 7 and will take some months.

We didn’t just fix bugs, we’ve added something new for everyone:

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  • We’ve increased the number of places with a description text.
  • The Google Maps app is now supported for directions
  • Under “Services” we’ve added the “Post Boxes” category listing more than 140k post boxes world wide and almost 50k in Germany alone (currently in Beta). For some of them collection times are available, too.
  • If you’re based in Germany you’ll benefit from a new cooperation we’ve signed with Gelbe Seiten. Several categories are now fed with search results from our yellow pages friends. What’s the result? You’ll enjoy more relevant search results and more details such as opening hours, descriptions and email addresses. As a Where To? user you get the best from many worlds: Gelbe Seiten results are combined with photos and reviews from Google users as well as Where To? users.
  • Places or reviews shared on Facebook now deep-link to the Where To? app if installed. So it’s is a great way to share your favorite places with your friends who can add them easily to their own Where To? favorites.

Go grab the update from the App Store and – as always – please do us a favor and rate again – thanks!

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