In the final stages of development, Lonely Planet's city guides for Android 1.5 add some interest you wouldn't expect to find in one of their informative, but otherwise dry, applications. In addition to using GPS to plot nearby points of interest on the application's map, you'll be able to see those points of interest pop up on a camera's-eye view of the streets in front of you. In this augmented reality, holding the phone in landscape mode triggers its camera. Lonely Planet will then lay its points of interest over the live view, allowing you to scan for sites in any direction. This seems especially useful for those grossly lacking in orientation skills.
In addition, you'll be able to add comments to these top 20 city guides and quickly read Lonely Planet reviews. Guides will cost $4.99 per city. A compendium priced at about $15 should follow by the end of the year, Lonely Planet told CNET.
May 28, 2009 3:28 PM PDT
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