Google Now gets Field Trip integration, acts as virtual tour guide with ‘Nearby discoveries’ card


Google Now with Field Trip

After launching back in 2012, we imagine quite some time has passed since you last fired Google’s location-based discovery app Field Trip. The app, which was supposed to act as a virtual tour guide, alerting users with information on nearby landmarks or places of interest, never quite worked as expected. Field Trip was an app better in theory than execution and for some, the app was either uninstalled or never reinstalled after an upgrade to a new device.

Well, it looks like Niantic Labs is bringing Field Trips’ services to your Android device whether you like it or not, integrating Field Trip into the place where it makes the most sense: Google Now. Starting today, Android users will find a handy Field Trip card occasionally pop up in the Google Search app, providing everything from historical information to restaurant or nightlife suggestions.

The best part? You don’t even need to have the app installed in order to get this functionality inside Google Now, everything will start showing up automagically with a card labeled “Nearby discoveries.” Let us know if you see any Field Trip cards popping up on your Android device via Google Now.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. “You app not even need to be installed” huh?

  2. Chris… Yo B Betr Dan Dat

  3. TOO KEWL, taking a road trip next month and we’re backroading all the way. think i’ll take my spare tablet along.

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