Maybe it’s the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft which has fired HTC up and compelled their Windows Phone 7 developers to become hyperactive in the Marketplace or maybe it’s because the release of Mango is nearly upon us. Whatever the reason, it’s the WP7 community who is benefiting from the latest flurry of free apps released by HTC. Just a few days back, we covered an app named Attentive Phone which was also from HTC, and now Locations has entered the Marketplace with the intention of providing Mango users with an easy way to find their way!
The here tab in the Locations app displays the current location of the device. The accuracy with which the location is pin-pointed is dependent upon the satellite coverage of the area. Unlike most maps apps, this app shows the precision to which it has estimated your location. But if you want to set some other location as the default starting point, you can do that too.
This tab contains the list of the locations you have visited in the recent past. It displays the locations to which the user has been and each location is displayed as a metro tile. Tapping the tile brings up all the information the app can pull up about that location based on reviews from past users and its distance from you.
The backbone of Locations is the footprint concept. Footprints are basically logs of all the locations you have visited. You can add a footprint from anywhere by navigating to that particular location on the map. Or the app can do it for you by tracing where you are currently and letting you create a footprint of your current location. A footprint has the picture of your choice associated with it. You can capture this picture through the camera from within the app or select a saved photo from the Pictures hub.
The route planning provided by this app is pretty slick. You can choose waking or drive mode to get the route planned from your current location to any footprints or saved locations in the app. The distinguishing feature in Location’s route planning is the compass integrated with the map which proves really helpful while navigating in a completely unfamiliar area.
Location is a free app but the compass feature is not compatible with all HTC phones.