Street View now enjoys one week of App Store shelf life and so far the feedback has been quite positive! The app climbed up to #7 in the iPad top paid charts in Germany and #3 in the US paid navigation category for iPad. As you can imagine, we’re more than pleased!
When talking to users and journalists, there’s a common question:
Why should I buy Street View instead of the free Google Maps app?
While we usually don’t talk about competing apps, I’d like to make an exception this time because it’s such a common question.
Available for iPad Street View is a universal app that runs both on iPhone and iPad. Google Maps is only available for iPhone.
Mini Map When you’re stepping through a panorama, you easily get lost. Street View’s mini map in the corner always displays the current location, the viewing direction and the field of view.
Better resolution Compare for yourself. Street View allows to zoom-in much closer and to decipher the details whereas in Google Maps you just see muddy pixels:
Maps integration When launching Street View from Maps, it displays the street panorama right away and lets you return to Maps with a simple tap on the back button.
Gallery places Finally, Street View’s gallery places take you to fun and famous places in a snap.
Please don’t get me wrong: The Google Maps app is great in many ways. Just think twice if street panoramas are important for you: A specialized app might be the better choice.
Fixed crash when entering the search bar if access to the address book was rejected
Improved overall stability
I sincerely apologize we didn’t discover these issues during our beta tests. Now head over to the App Store and grab the Street View 1.0.2 update. Also, if you could leave us a good review, we’d be super happy!
The wait is over. After two weeks in review plus another week for a 1.0.1 bug fix release, our new app is finally available on the App Store! So what is it all about?
Do you yearn for the days of Street View in iOS 5? “Flyover” in iOS 6 is certainly impressive but sometimes you want a closer look.
Welcome to Street View, the all new app for iPhone and iPad.
In this app we focused on a Street View implementation that stays true to the original iOS 5 Maps app. If you loved Street View back in the days of iOS 5, you’ll feel right at home!
Integrated with Maps
But we went one step further: You can launch Street View directly from the iOS 6 Maps app for any location. It is supported like any other 3rd party app. Just tap the bus icon in the Maps app, and the road is yours! When you’re done viewing the panorama, return to the Maps app with a single tap on the back button. If you’re already using Where To?, you can take advantage of the same tight bidirectional integration.
In the mood to explore the world? – The integrated 300+ gallery panoramas have you covered! They showcase museums, ski resorts, theme parks and even underwater destinations. There are even indoor panoramas with multiple floor levels to make it easy to find your way around museums and more!
Now, before you head over to the App Store and grab the update, let me call your attention on this year’s Best App Ever Awards where you can honor the best apps with your vote. Where To? is nominated in four different categories and we’d be thrilled if you vote for us in all of them!
Today, I’d like to give you an update on Where To? enhanced listings. The number of places with rich details such as dinner menus, photos, description texts, business hours, accepted payment cards, spoken languages, service areas, Facebook and Twitter profiles is growing rapidly! More than 550,000 US locations already have enhanced listings.
Starting today, we take the next step by adding menus with pictures, events, biographies, product and service listings to selected US locations.
If you’re a local business aiming to make use of these extended profile options, I recommend visiting the site of our partner Yext. They’ve introduced their revamped PowerListings+ service today. Watch the video (including the Where To? cameo appearance at the 1:57 time mark) to learn more.
And the best? All this is included in the current Where To? 6.0 – no update required!
Today, I’m excited to present you an early christmas present: another major Where To? update hits the App Store. I hope you enjoy the new features as much as we do!
We’ve integrated directions right within the app. Just select a pin and tap the directions button in the toolbar. You can choose from car, bike or pedestrian routing. The route, sometimes with alternatives, is displayed on the map or in textual form. You can also share the directions via email with your friends. Directions are automatically recalculated if you’re leaving the route.
Of course, the integrated directions don’t replace but complement the much beloved feature of working with third party navigation apps. Where To? has been the first app back in 2009 to introduce support for external navigation apps and with Where To? 6.0 we’re taking this to a new level. We doubled the number of supported apps to 37. This doesn’t even include the numerous country specific versions of apps like Navigon and TomTom. To easier select the suitable app, we’ve revamped the selection browser. It shows the installed apps on top and compatible apps from the App Store below. The rating and price is shown as well. If you’re familiar with the third party app selection in Maps app, you’ll feel at home immediately.
Among the newly added apps are much requested apps like Garmin, CoPilot Live and Skobbler as well as a huge selection of public transport apps for various cities and countries all over the world:
Connection with Audi
If you’re the owner of a new Audi A3 introduced last month, you can even send your destinations to the car navigation system: Select your destination conveniently in Where To?, send it to your Audi via the Audi MMI connect app (currently available in Germany, only), turn the key and start driving!
Launch from Maps
We’ve also revamped our integration with Maps app. When launched from Maps, the directions are displayed immediately. This is especially useful for bike directions since Maps doesn’t offer this. The destination’s map bubble is shown if Where To? finds the business location – so you can compare details such as reviews (including from Google users), dinner menus and more. Otherwise you can add the destination as a contact. The share menu allows to share directions via email or the clipboard, launch other navigation apps (there are a fair number of apps that can’t be launched from Maps, so Where To? can act as a gateway) or search at the destination.
We hope you’ll like the changes in Where To? 6.0 and download the update today! As always: Don’t forget to rate the app again since ratings are reset with every update. If you’ve any feedback, we’re glad to hear from you in the comments or on the contact page. Thanks for your support and merry xmas everyone!
We’re happy to announce that with today’s update of Bosch Navigation (1.6), Where To? is now compatible. Available in seven different versions for western European countries, Bosch Navigation can be launched from Where To? for turn-by-turn voice directions. Until the end of the week the app is on sale for €20 off (€29.99 instead of €49.99).
In our last update unfortunately we introduced a bug that affected the TomTom and Navfree integration. We’ve now released a maintenance update of Where To? fixing these and a few other small issues.
Except this little faux-pas Where To? apparently struck a chord with iOS 6 users being affected by the deficiencies of Apple’s new Maps app. As Mel Martin from TUAW writes:
The app can’t cure all the issues with Apple Maps, but it certainly dramatically expands local search. Since I find Apple Maps to be a solid navigator in my part of Arizona, Where To? and Apple Maps are a good marriage.
Speaking of Maps app, we really appreciate Apple’s openness on the issue. We’re working hard to fill the gap with Where To? and have a lot of new stuff in the pipeline for you!
The new Maps app in iOS 6 received a lot of flack from the media and blogosphere. Users are complaining that information is incorrect, and points of interest (POIs) are missing. In iOS 6 Apple moves away from Google data and uses Yelp for business listings and reviews. While Yelp is nice for restaurants in the US, other categories and other regions such as Europe aren’t covered well. Since Google provides much more results all over the world in many different categories, we’re relying – amongst others – on proven Google search results.
Let’s say I’m searching for bank branches: Why should I care about a result in 22 km if I’m stumbling upon dozens of not-shown bank branches while driving there? To illustrate my point we’ve compared various search requests in “Maps” and Where To?. In almost all cases “Maps” shows fewer, more far away results:
We’re searching in Middletown, CT, a typical small US town. “Maps” finds two results, Where To? 13!
“Maps” only finds one result vs. 16 in Where To?.
The difference is not as frappant but still noticeable.
Searching for banks at our office location near Munich, Germany: The closest result in “Maps” is 22 km away – and not even a bank!
2 vs. 18 results. Note, ”Japonais“ is not the right name of the restaurant.
We’re searching for gas stations while on a highway in Italy, near Florence. “Maps” finds not a single result.
Launch from “Maps”
There are great improvements in iOS 6, too: The new always-crisp vector-based maps are a step forward in my opinion (although I personally dislike the low-contrast color scheme). And the Maps app learned to launch specialized apps from the App Store (“last mile navigation”).
Where To? is now one of them. It allows a local Where To? search at the chosen destination, displays reviews and speaks the direction and distance using VoiceOver for the visually impaired. Please note, the last mile navigation feature in “Maps” is available in routing mode under the (somewhat misleading) bus icon.
iPhone 5 and iOS 6 support
The Where To? 5.2 update also fully supports iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5 without letter boxing. The bigger screen is quite handy to display a larger part of the map or in Augmented Reality mode.
No matter if you’re living in Turkey or going on a trip to Istanbul: Where To? (Nereye?) now speaks Turkish and offers optimized search results for Turkey. My huge thanks go to Ozan Basaran and Kilichan Kaynak of AppBull, who did a great job with the Turkish localization. AppBull provides all the necessary help in marketing international apps mainly in Turkey, Caucasia, Middle East and Eastern Europe.
For our German users, we added support for public transport routing using the free “FahrInfo” series of apps: In Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Dresden and Constance the fastest connections including the walk to and from the station can be displayed. If needed, the suitable FahrInfo app can be installed right from within the app.
Go download the update from the App Store now. And, if you don’t mind, renew or post your rating – thanks!