Several people, including myself, have received an email survey to apply for a new travelers app being developed by Google. Google is known for making use of its users to gather data, think Niantic’s Ingress and Field Trip apps, both of which made use of users GPS and cameras. Now that Niantic is no longer part of the team it seems Google is ready to give its next data gathering project a whirl and allow select users to beta test a new travelers app. Not much is known about this travelers app and the initial email was short, sweet and to the point.
We’re introducing a new travel assistant app for Android and iPhone, and we’ll be giving select Level 2+ Local Guides a sneak peak.
Complete the short survey below to apply. If selected, you’ll be sent instructions on how to get the app starting next week.
The survey you’re taken through consists of a few general questions inquiring if you’ll be taking any trips in the near future. The survey also asks for a date range you’ll be taking your trip and also asks which mobile operating system you use. With very little data to go on it’s hard to speculate what Google has in mind here but it almost certainly will involve user’s GPS location and cameras. Google will likely use the data to improve their other services like Google Maps, Google Reviews, and the many other location services they offer.
We went ahead and signed up for the beta test and hopefully we can bring you more of what to expect, barring any non-disclosure agreements, but if Google catches wind of this article we may never even get selected. In the meantime, did you get this email? Did you sign up? What do you think Google has up their sleeves? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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