The Android operating system can be undoubtedly credited for making smartphones affordable to every section of the society. Coupled with cheaper costs for Internet connectivity, these smartphones have made it possible for people to be in touch with the rest of world during all times. A major reason behind its massive popularity is that people can leverage the Android apps to connect and share with their social friends, even while on the go. Moreover, these apps provide location-specific services based on the GPS location of the phone that makes it easier to share whereabouts, find a new place, or to locate friends in the vicinity. Here we take a look at the most popular location-based apps available on the Android Play Store.
a. Foursquare: This popular location-based social networking service has been around even before it was launched as an Android app. A great companion when you are going somewhere, it automatically detects all places around you and provide you with suggestions. Users can check in to a place and enjoy available offers on credit cards that are associated with the Foursquare account. Moreover, users would be specifically notified if their friends are around in the vicinity. The Android app has a very clean interface and has kept it very simple for users to interact with others through this platform.
b. Google Keep: Although it is an app for creating notes, a recently added feature utilizes the location of the user to trigger pre-set reminders. Users can configure Keep to remind them of an activity if they reach a particular location. This is extremely helpful and a major enhancement over time-based reminders.
c. Google Now: One of the most innovative apps to hit the Android Play store, Google Now uses your location information to provide a host of services and information. Information about the weather, local restaurants, movie timings and local point of interests are automatically pushed to your device for your convenience. This is a great app for users who keep exploring new places quite often.
d. Ingress: It is a game that integrates the concept of augmented reality and location-based services. Users are assigned specific tasks based on their geo-location, and are rewarded with points when they accomplish a task by physically reaching a particular destination in the vicinity. The rich background story and multi-user gameplay capacity has made Ingress one of the most downloaded games on Android Play Store.