New map features in our Android guides

We've just uploaded three new guides (Warsaw, Vienna and Belfast) and updated our Amsterdam guide.

The main new feature is that our maps now use tiles, load faster and are easier to navigate. The tiles we use are based on the Open Street Map, and we use Cloudmade to skin the map so it looks good.

If these four guides don't produce any unexpected crashes, and get good feedback from users, we will update all guides the coming days.

A *big* update

Here’s a big update about what we’ve been up to lately.

When we started out we were doing travel hacks: getting together interesting travel related data and then see what interesting conclusions we could draw from that data. Which city is most popular on what day? What are the best Christmas markets in the world? What are the most romantic cities? It was a lot of fun to do, and with interesting results.
We are still doing travel hacks, we are still getting together interesting travel related data and mixing and mashing, but all for one purpose: we are trying to build the best free interactive travel app for travelers.

The Android App we’ve built, our Triposo Travel Guide, is currently at version 0.5. It has the following features:

• Background information based on most relevant parts of Wikipedia articles about the destination.
• A sights section highlighting the places where most photographs are taken.
• Most popular daytrips based on a travel hack where we rank nearby destinations based on the frequency of the term “daytrip” in blogs and other pages, as well as overall popularity,
• An eating out section based on recommended restaurants in Wikitravel.
• An offline map based on Open Streetmap with a bit of help from the people at Cloudmade.

We’ve launched city guides for about 20 destinations and we are getting good reviews from users, and see a very steady growth in the number of downloads.

What can you expect in the future?

• Step by step we’ll be adding new features to our app. Activities and to do lists are on our agenda.
• We’ll be adding more guides. More cities. We might even do requests. But in the end we are going to do a setup where we have just one App from which you can download exactly the info you want to have.
• We use Open Content travel information, so somewhere along the line you can expect to see us releasing parts of our setup under a creative commons license as well.
• And we plan to bring this blog back to life. Share interesting things we come across while building our guides and publish them as travel hacks.

Rome, sweet Rome

Just released our guide to Rome for Android.
Use the 2D barcode to download.

And some more guides

Get out your Android phones! Here are some more free travel guides for your phones:






It's been a while... but we have some new stuff

It's been quite a while... But we have been busy and today we can announce we have something new: we have made an Android travel guide based on the same principles we have discussed here before. The first guide is for Amsterdam and it's a 0.2 version, but that doesn't mean we aren't proud of it. We are. Very proud.

You can find it here.