Remember back in December when we announced the first browser-based turn-by-turn navigation using HTML5?
Today, I’m excited to announce that it’s open to all mobile web and app developers and is called “Scout for Apps!”
What is Scout for Apps?
So imagine this. You’re super hungry (like really) and as you always do, you search for a place to grab some food by looking in your favorite restaurant reviews app. After searching for a couple of minutes, you find a spot you want to go to. You’re halfway to filling your stomach will all sorts of goodness. Now, all you’ve got to do is get there.
Traditionally, what most people do is, 1) exit the app you discovered the restaurant in, 2) enter your favorite navigation app, 3) search for the restaurant within it, and 4) navigate there. In some cases, when I’ve come across an address, I’ll click it and it’ll tell me to download a new navigation app – which honestly, I don’t really have time for. I just want to get to where I want to go.
Seem like a whole lot of steps? To us, it does and this something we’re trying to make easier with Scout for Apps.
When your favorite developer adds it to their mobile website or app, it’ll allow you to be given the ability to instantly push a button and launch a navigation session (with voice!) directly to the place you want to go without having to exit it or take any additional steps, like searching and entering in business names. Scout for Apps was made to make getting to places easier using your favorite websites and apps.
The First Apps to Incorporate Scout for Apps are…
Want to see Scout for Apps in action? Today, Avantar’s popular Yellow Pages app is now available with our voice guided navigation. More apps using our service are scheduled to roll out soon.
We’ve also added Scout for Apps to our own website, Scout.me, so if you discover a place or event you want to check out, just hit Navigate >> Phone or Email and you can send the link to yourself or a friend or family member for easy navigation from your phone. Additionally, you can also share an address and make it easy for your social contacts to navigate their by sharing it via Facebook or Twitter by clicking Share >> Facebook or Twitter. When someone clicks on the link from within their mobile phone, they’ll then be launched into a HTML5 navigation session to that location! Easy peasy!
Check out this demo video of how we’ve integrated into our website:
In addition to Yellow Pages, other app developers will be adding Scout for Apps to their applications, including:
- AroundMe – This awesome app gives people an easy way to search for local restaurants, hotels, movie theaters and other businesses based on category and distance. With our new service integrated, people can select any location and then easily navigate their without leaving AroundMe.
- Life360 Family Locator – Over 13 million people use Life360 Family Locator to locate their family members using their phones. Have peace of mind? Check. With Scout for Apps included, parents will be able to navigate with turn-by-turn directions to pick up their kids at any location.
- Wedvite – Big day coming up? This app gives brides and grooms an easy way to share important wedding information with their guests – like directions to the venue, the guest list, and gift registry info. With Scout for Apps integrated into Wedvite, guests will also have a way to get directions to the wedding and reception.
Whether an app or website is based on social, travel, shopping, or search and discovery, Scout for Apps could be useful to help get people wherever they need to be. And if it’s not clear by now – we’re pretty good at doing that.
Want to learn more about Scout for Apps?
So… that’s it!
We’re really very excited about making Scout for Apps available to everyone and hope for both developers and their users alike, it will help make their lives easier, less stressful, more fun, and more productive when they’re on the go. It’s our mission.
Cheers & Happy Scouting!