WhatsThere can help explore your environment and furthermore all points of interests (POI). Based on Google Maps™ this tool will provide information, for instance distance and direction to a specific place, related to position and heading of your device.
WhatsThere is available in Android Play-Store™ for free and is compatible to Android devices with version 2.3.3 or higher.
By typing in addresses in the search function it is easy to find and display places. Alternatively, you can focus on places by selecting them on the map directly. For both methods the tool will provide distance and direction related to your position and heading of your device.
Several tests reveals that the orientation of sensors in tablets does not collaborate with the apps' sensor configuration. This is why this tool is not (yet) available for tablets. When your device doesn't provide required sensors (GPS, Orientation), the app will tell you on its first start.
Welcome to WhatsThere! The purpose of this app is to show you what places are located in which direction. Your device serves as a pointer, which points in your direction of view. You can also search for places and receive bee-line and direction based on your current location. There are two navigation modes, Lookout and Explore, which will be explained in the following.
Select this navigation mode to get an overview of your nearby environment. Point your device in a desired direction, similar to a binocular, and find out what places are located over there. This mode is very helpful for orientation in foreign areas, since nearby places can be found instantly. Always make sure to hold your device balanced, since the sensors cannot tolerate impulsive movements.
Select this navigation mode to explore the whole world. Here you can find out how far it is to your favorite vacation places or what direction you have to go to reach the ocean for instance. This mode enables you to take a glance at the worlds distance relations and might give you a better understanding of geographical proportion. Please notice that the bee-lines will be inaccurate for greater distances, since the correct calculation is a higher mathematical concern.
Once you point your device in a certain direction, please give it a moment to settle and receive proper sensor values. Also take care to operate your device within the orientation range shown below. Rolling your device to the left or right will distort the direction values.