AroundMe

Common Sense Media says

Location info about surroundings not safe for kids.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Augmented reality didn't automatically launch when we turned the phone to landscape the way it's supposed to. Otherwise the app is fast and easy to use. Enter an address, choose the type of business from the generated list - restaurants, ATM, coffee house, etc. - and see what's nearby up to a few miles away. Tap to call the establishment or e-mail its address to a friend.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Small banner ads are displayed on some pages. Also, a $9 mapping add-on is disguised as a menu option.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Bar and pubs are included in lists of nearby establishments.

Privacy & safety

Users can log onto Twitter and Facebook from inside the app and post an establishment's name and address. After the first post the app will offer to automatically post status updates of your whereabouts. However, this can be cancelled.

Location based technology can pose problems if kids check in and broadcast their whereabouts.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this navigation tool allows kids to find out information about their surroundings. It includes listings for bars, pubs, and hotels, and because it's location-based technology, unthinking kids could compromise their physical safety if they post their locations on Twitter or Facebook. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.

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Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

AroundMe is an extremely useful app. Need to know where the closest gas station, hospital, restaurant or movie theater is? AroundMe provides quick, step-by-step GPS-based directions. The app incorporates Google maps, including the very useful 360-degree street-level view of your surroundings. It just added augmented reality, a new mapping technology that opens your camera and displays labels of nearby businesses on the live screen.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:February 9, 2010
Category:Lifestyle
Publisher:Tweakersoft
Version:3.5.3

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