While at CES we had the privilege to present a number of companies at the Mobile Apps Showdown, a live (and online) competition to find the top apps on any of the major platforms. I was paired with Geodelic (formerly Sherpa), a location-based search program with a little trick up its sleeve. Find out what, after the break.
Geodelic's ace in the hole are its speed -- this thing is fast -- and its "relevance" engine. First, it figures out where you are and automatically populates search results. You don't have to input a thing. (But you can if you want.) From there it categorizes just about every business you might want to visit, and packages it in an intuitive manner. Categories include: Bars, movies, banks, grocery, shopping, beauty, arts, sports, gas, travel, vacation, in-a-pinch, kids and pets, services, dining, fast food and coffee.
You can view results as an attractive carousel, on a map, or as a list. And that's where the relevance engine kicks in, automatically filtering the results based on the type of business and how far away it is. That's not a huge issue if you're in your hometown, but it's a life-saver when you're at CES in Las Vegas, believe me. And as you use it, it learns your interests and creates a profile for you. It gets smarter so you don't have to.
Geodelic is available now in the Android Market for the low, low price of free, or you can download it from Geodelic.