A review of Locly, a Geosearch application for iPhone
I’m currently working on a web project at work, where one of my tasks is to look in to trends. One of the trends I have looked in to is smart phones with great web experiences and another is mashup technologies. During the project I came over an iPhone application called Locly.
Ask yourself, how many times have you been in a new place and had no travel book or map with you. I guess your answer would be quite a few. Locly is an application that can find attractions, cafes and shops near by you, by making use of the inbuilt GPS of the 3G iPhone, or your local base station data if you have the first generation iPhone. With Locly you can also look at local photos from Flickr, and pull up Twitter or Wikipedia entries that are close to where you are now. Locly is reported to work in many countries throughout the world, but I can only say that it has worked surprisingly well for me here in Oslo, Norway.
Locly is simply the best combination of geobased searches and mashups I have seen so far, and that not only on mobile devices.
The mandatory screenshots are of course published on Flickr.