September 23, 2014

SomaView Helps Users Discover Their Virtual Neighborhood

somaview_01I’m a big fan of Augmented Reality (AR) apps for Android.  While some might see them as the current fad in mobile apps, I view the concept as just a stepping stone.  Anytime I get a chance to try out a new AR title, I’m game.   Naturally, I was pleased to get an email from Chris Mayer, the developer behind SomaView.

As Chris puts it, SomaView “is the augmented reality app for Android-powered phones that finally allows for usable augmented reality.”  That’s a bold statement to be sure.  What is it about SomaView that separates it from the other AR apps?  It starts with the various information streams of which include Flickr, Google, Panoramio, Qype, Twitter, Wikipedia, YouTube and others.

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I downloaded the app and gave it a quick run through and I have to admit I was impressed.  For a town as small as mine, I was pleased to see so much showing up on the screen.  Restaurants, tweets, and pictures were popping up all over.  I learned the name of a church that’s not too far from me thanks to Panoramio pictures taken and submitted by others.  I also liked having weather conditions sitting at the bottom of the screen for me to access with one touch.

Chris submitted his app to the Android Developers Challenge 2 so I’d like to wish him luck.  You can grab a free version in the Android Market today.  Look for “SomaView Free”.

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