Field Trip

Google's latest location-centric app, Field Trip, just received an update that has added quite a bit of polish and some usability features. As far as new features go, version 1.03 adds the ability to swipe away cards to dismiss notifications, view card locations on the map all the way at the city level, mute notifications while using Google Navigation and choose walking or driving directions when navigating via the Field Trip app.

On the bug fix side, this latest version fixes issues with the screen staying on too long because of a notification, crashes on specific devices, text to speech and issues with the app not respecting the device's silent mode.

That's a pretty big changelog for an early update on a new app, and all of them are much appreciated. If you haven't had a chance to download and take a look at Field Trip, it's really worth your time. Sure you'll look like a tourist walking around with your phone in front of you going "ooh, ahh", but that's part of the fun.


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Field Trip gets some useful changes and polish


This looks like a good app, just need google to get it sorted for the UK along with music and magazines while they are at it.

This app was absolutely KILLING my battery (Galaxy Nexus) when I was in Vegas a couple weeks ago. Neat concept and the information it provides is pretty good, from several strong sources, but... the battery killing... had to delete it.

Get a Droid Razr MAXX or HD MAXX. Never have to worry about battery life again. And you get get all the great stuff your smartphone has to offer. Isn't it sad...that your unable to enjoy a really neat app like Field Trip because you phone wasn't designed right. Razr MAXX battery life should be standard on every smartphone.

You don't need a maxx. I have a gs3 and the battery lasts 18-20 doing a lot with it. And I look way cooler than you. Gs3 rules and rzr maxx drewls basically.

Um, no. I won't be trading a NEXUS phone for a Motorola Razr anything, because of the excessive battery consumption issue of one specific app. I already enjoy everything unadulterated Android Jelly Bean has to offer.

But hey, THANK YOU for not missing the opportunity to make yourself feel better about yourself by championing your phone in the comment section of an article that has absolutely NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR PHONE whatsoever.

Also depends on your carrier and their signal strength. I was in Vegas in September and I experienced HORRIBLE battery life on my Sprint service. With deplorable 3G and no 4G LTE (though that would probably exacerbate the battery issue), I would routinely run out of battery in a number of hours using the GROUPME service. It was terrible to be sure. ;)

This FIELD TRIP app I had but deleted as there are no useful things in my rural area. I suspect this is better used in cities and venues where tourists tend to visit.

I have had the phone in Vegas before w/o any battery drain issues prior to using this app, so I am 99% sure it was the app.

To your second point, it is arguably more useful in touristy areas. In Vegas on the Strip it was basically pinging non-stop because of all the things it wanted to tell me about. Probably I could have just managed it better by being more selective as to my choice of sources - I was using the default settings - but really, it kind of became as equally a distraction as it was providing any useful information. It certainly has potential, I just don't feel like I have the time to spend managing it for the 5 minutes per year that it would be really useful for me.

So... this app has the ability to interrupt me, forcing me to dismiss it to get back to what I was happily doing beforehand? Yeah, no thanks, Annoying McCreepy. If this app could be run on demand, itd be cool, but as-pitched it's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

I have no problem sharing SOME information with marketers. I use Foursquare most every day, but that's ME initiating that dialog, and I share far less than every last minutiae. To be honest, I'm not comfortable with Google's data hoarding, but they're "grandfathered" into my awareness (that's weak, I know), where Facebook is not. Far beyond the technological or user experience issues, the recognized benefit is not worth the relinquished privacy.

Yes it tracks you 24/7 and the only way to stop it is to uninstall it.
This thing did nothing all the way across the country, only to light up like a Christmas tree as I approached the Canadian border check point.

Its gone from my phone until it can be totally disabled. Google maps does just as well.

The whole app should be integrated into Google Now and be an "on demand" feature, not a constantly running process - unless you chose to run it that way.

So, I was going to ask if anybody knew of a way to stop it from nomming my battery. I guess that's a no. Bummer, because it's kinda cute if it would just shut up and keep its mitts off my battery and data except when I want to know what's nearby.