Localscope - Find places and people around you Navigation App Review (iOS, $2.99)

  • Category: Navigation
  • Publisher: Cynapse
  • Updated: Dec, 21 2010
  • Version: 4.1
  • Size: 6.49 MB

Languages: Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Chinese, Turkish

Seller: Cynapse India Pvt. Ltd.

- Added new service Dianping in Discover and Search
- YouTube service is back, discover and search videos around you
- Manual setting of distance units to KMs or miles has been reintroduced
- Setting to turn off 3D zooming in Maps
- Now share locations using Whatsapp
- Option to open links in Google Chrome from the in-app browser
- Removed the old Google Maps service as the API has been discontinued

- New integrations with navigation apps for turn by turn directions
- Yandex Maps
- City Mapper
- Maps+
- iWayGPS
- Streets - The Street View App
- Tube Tracker (London)
- TopoMaps

- Integration with all Garmin navigation apps
- Garmin Thailand
- Garmin China
- Garmin Taiwan
- Garmin Indonesia
- Garmin SG/MY
- Garmin StreetPilot USA
- Garmin StreetPilot North America
- Garmin StreetPilot Western Europe
- Garmin StreetPilot UK & Ireland

- Multi country support for all 24 regional Navigon apps
- Navigon North America
- Navigon U.S. East
- Navigon U.S. West
- Navigon U.S. Central
- Navigon Europe
- Navigon Middle East
- Navigon EU 10
- Navigon Nordics
- Navigon BeNeLux
- Navigon British Isles
- Navigon Eastern Europe
- Navigon USA
- Navigon Mexico
- Navigon Australia
- Navigon Southern Africa
- Navigon Brazil
- Navigon France
- Navigon India
- Navigon Russia
- Navigon New Zealand
- Navigon Italy
- Navigon Turkey
- Navigon Iberia
- Navigon Canada

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
3 Ratings
All Versions:
828 Ratings


Location Browser for your iPhone

Localscope is a window to your world that lets you explore your surroundings like never before. Discover and find places, people and information around you using geo-tagged data from multiple local search engines, social networks, media sharing services and other apps.

• Named the best iPhone Navigation app in the App Store Rewind 2011
• Featured by Apple in Staff Favorites, App of the Week, What's Hot


• Explore geo-tagged information and media around you aggregated from diverse services
• Intuitive dashboard view lets you see everything thats immediately around you from all of Localscope's sources
• Search for anything around you and view results simultaneously from all sources
• Browse your search results in an amazingly intuitive list view with realtime direction pointers and distance meters
• Lay the results out on the map or look through the state of the art augmented reality view to spot the results in the real world
• Flick through results from different services and experience them side-by-side using the intuitive source slider
• Get rich information about places including informative badges for ratings, checkins, likes and more
• Navigate and get directions to your results, call them directly or store them to your address book in a tap
• Add geo-tagged reminders for any location and choose to get push notifications on arrival or departure from the proximity of the location
• Share your findings with your friends using Messages, Email, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or Sina Weibo
• Explore detailed information about a result using the in-app browser or open it into a linked native app
• Explore any part of the world by setting it as your virtual location
• See POIs laid out on a map on connected car receiver HUDs or other supported secondary displays. Even works with the AppleTV over Airplay Mirroring
• Works worldwide - Explore your location wherever you are
• Supports 21 languages


Localscope currently aggregates information from the following services: 

• Google
• Facebook
• Foursquare
• Twitter
• iOS Reminders
• YouTube
• Instagram
• Panoramio
• Flickr
• Picasa
• Wikimapia
• Wikipedia
• Factual
• Citysearch
• Yelp
• 2GIS
• Zomato
• Baidu
• Dianping
• Yellow Pages Australia
• ParkMe


Localscope integrates with the following navigation apps for one touch turn-by-turn directions to discovered locations:

• Apple Maps App
• Google Maps
• TomTom
• Navigon
• Garmin
• MotionX GPS Drive
• Magellan RoadMate
• Navfree / Navmii GPS navigation
• MetroView Australia and NewZealand
• Sygic GPS Navigation
• iGo Primo
• Waze
• MotionX GPS & HD
• VZ Navigator
• Telenav
• Geobyte GPS Navigation UK and Ireland
• Denso Navibridge
• Gokivo GPS Navigator
• Yandex Navigator
• Skobbler
• AMap by AutoNavi
• The Transit App
• Baidu Maps App
• Yandex Maps
• City Mapper
• Maps+
• iWayGPS
• Streets - The Street View App
• Tube Tracker (London)
• TopoMaps


• The first location app I've ever used that I think I'll use every day.
- ReadWriteWeb

• Jaw-Dropping Update for iPhone Navigation App of The Year Localscope
- Cult of Mac

• Rated 9/10: One of the nicest experiences for discovering locations that I’ve ever used
- AppStorm

• Editor's Choice - Rated 4.5 Star : Essential
- 148 Apps

• The interface is remarkably easy to use
- Lifehacker

• Localscope is easy to use and sophisticated … I continue to recommend Localscope.

• The Ultimate Find & Drive Combo
- Macstories

• Localscope puts local services at your fingertips
- Macworld

• Get to know whats around you with Localscope
- AppAdvice

Customer Reviews

  • Great App

    by photonman

    This is a very useful app for finding places. it's one of my favorite. I like the way it lets you navigate by tying into either MapQuest or one of your GPS applications. a little glitch is you might say something like a search for "Home Depot"and it'll put everything but "Home Depot" up there which will be about 15 things down. you have to scroll down to find.other than that it it's good....... Also with the latest update I'm getting screwy search results. The 1st result was 1500 miles away. Local search...duh. The earlier versions seemed to work better

  • Outstanding.

    by StupendousMan

    I've used Localscope since it first came out and it just gets better and better. The new interface is the best one yet - everything's front and center and it's easy to navigate. There's an awful lot of abandonware on the App Store. A developer releases 1.0 and maybe 1.1 and then never touches it again. Not Localscope. It gets constant updates and significant improvements year after year.

  • Horrible

    by Yakimbo

    This app was brilliant in its first incarnation however the update has rendered this app utterly useless. The interface is confusing and stocked full of useless information (not to mention inaccurate). This app clearly needs more beta testing before it should be released to the public.

  • Replace lots of crappy apps with one good one

    by John Whalen

    Worth your time. Lots of searches easy interface

  • Finally, room to stretch!

    by Mashi

    I must be one of those weirdos because I didn't like how Localscope used to operate but I LOVE it now.

  • Great upgrade

    by Izzo K

    Like the new iOS 7 upgrade, keep it coming.

  • Pretty good, but...

    by luisluigi

    It's a great app, but I'd be great if you add the option to choose the distance range of the search, sometimes I need info. of things less than a km distance. Thanks.

  • Excelente

    by lblanco62

    Excelente aplicación, muy completa y de gran ayuda, recomendable

  • Usability factor for new update is less

    by RealFantasy1

    Beautiful design and great look for the new update but it's more difficult to bores around unlike before

  • Usability factor for new update is less

    by RealFantasy1

    Beautiful design and great look for the new update but it's more difficult to bores around unlike before

  • Very Good App - Must have

    by Ob1gui

    Does a great job finding just about anything in proximity to where you. It's a "must have" if you travel at all!

  • Well Done!

    by JPL4

    I've been using localscope for a couple years. It's one of those apps I always put back on my phone after a clean install or iPhone update because it comes in handy now and then. It wasn't always the most welcoming app but it served a purpose. All I have to say for the update..

  • Best

    by Hummamz

    Best handy app to make u discover ur surroundings almost effortlessly. No one should get lost anymore.

  • Thanks

    by Ka_zadeh

    It's very nice App that help specially in local search Please add some more app in it like Tango and Wechat Thank you

  • nice

    by KHolland23

    Useful app! It does a great job on centralising all the information.

  • Excellent!

    by Nmlongs

    I've tried hundreds of apps and this is the first time I've ever felt compelled to write a review. It's excellent! Period!

  • Very insightful and new

    by godoit

    easy to use as well

  • Great ap

    by Kennersley

    Used frequently to find an establishment. It has saved me a lot of time.

  • Great app!

    by Curiouser_curioser

    I just moved to a new community and this app helped me get familiar with the different establishments around me.

  • Localscope

    by SeaFriend

    This my all time go to app. ..for directions..restaurants and reviews .. to scope out new towns etc. I highly recommend this app.

  • Worst update in history of apps.

    by EAK250

    This app used to be great. Then they updated in to interactively show a map when you don't need or want it and it's totally bogged down. Plus it searches waaaayyy too many engines when you don't want. And it makes you spin your phone around a few time before using to get it's barings. What an epic fail on that update. Delete.

  • Google lining your pockets?

    by App user in Colorado

    This used to be an excellent app.... Until the update that eliminated Bing... Most of the time when google didn't have an answer (and google didn't alot of times) you could try Bing for a second opinion... Now ... Take what google says and be happy.... Quite the monopoly on the search results.

  • Disappointing

    by Khccourciyrxiexyjr

    Shame on you guys for ruining a good thing.

  • Unusable

    by velgor

    Can't zoom or pan the map without it zooming back out. Utterly useless.

  • Awful

    by Citadel grad

    Once very easy to use, now not worth the time.

  • Metric & update

    by EBidr

    1.There's no option for changing units to metric system. 2.Autoupdate in very annoying

  • Upgrade is a MESS!

    by Smyman

    I really enjoyed this app until the last upgrade. Now I have info I don't want, people and their pictures on my screen that I didn't ask for, and I can't delete them. What a big mess!

  • Hate the update!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Bowhunterprime

    I have always loved the Localscope app. It has always been a very helpful app and easy to use. But I absolutely HATE (H-A-T-E) the new update!!! PLEASE put it back the way it was!!!!

  • terrible update

    by tpn77

    good grief - what happened? a great app became useless overnight? I live in Florida, searches display California addresses - seriously? it was so great before - please fix....

  • Paul

    by Zxcccc

    Hate new format. You messed up a great format with clutter; can't find anything now. Completely unusable. I will be delegating app. I would have not given 1 star but it is the lowest rating available. I'll reinstall app when you change back to old format. Sorry. Paul

  • Great!

    by Jim Boeven

    Unusable after the update. A once 5 star app is now junk

  • Update: this is not an improvement

    by slls9

    What happened? This easy to use and extremely useful app has turned into a mess of confusion and uselessness. Back to you 'Around me' (hopefully, this will be temporary) & that the next update (coming soon) will revert this app to its prior usefulness and ease of use.

  • Terrible update to user interface

    by GroundPoint

    Not a fan of the redesign. Clumsy and slow design. Will probably delete this app until it's fixed.

  • New design is awful

    by Traci Lawrimore

    The new 3D map view has made it functionally useless. Sure, it looks nice, but it's useless as an actual map.

  • New look is great, but "zoom in" and list formatting kills usability

    by striatic

    I've been waiting for this app to do a visual refresh and the results are great, however when you tap a pin, the virtual camera zooms in on it in in 3D. this is a horrible design decision, seemingly done only to "look cool". all it does other than "look cool" is make it impossible to easily tap between pins in order to survey the results. if you think displaying the results as a list will save you, it won't. the lists are now populated with giant, useless images that make it impossible to check the results at a glance. you need to scroll past all these useless images, each result taking up almost the entire screen on an iPhone 4S. basically what this app needed was a new coat of paint in order to "look cool" without sacrificing functionality. we got that, but in the package also got time wasting, purposeless zooms and time wasting, purposeless giant images making viewing search results extremely tedious.

  • Nice graphics, but update.

    by Flow_999

    Should have kept the original easiness of the old look. New look is confusing. Deleting it, unusable.

  • Downgraded Nicely!!!!

    by Sal Opté

    This layout is confusing and cluttered. It was simple and easy to navigate, why the change? It reminds me of walking into Sears; everything is everywhere and you can't seem to find anything. Fix this please!!!

  • Garbage!!

    by Khccourciyrxiexyjr

    This app went from being the most helpful to the most annoying. How does that happen?

  • Hate the update

    by Jo55Jo

    I used this app all the time when traveling did the update today and I hate it want to go back to the old version I will probably delete to app and not try to use anymore. Will see how around me works out! :(

  • Hate the new look!

    by OdysseusRex

    Made a perfectly simple interface cluttered and counter intuitive. Uninstalling.

  • Doesn't work at all!

    by Phoenix2000

    Just gives me a spinner saying "checking location" forever, never does anything else. I'm sorry I wasted time on this useless app!

  • Ask Siri

    by Didifogivov

    Siri is faster, easier, and comes up with better results.

  • Great, but...

    by Boop?

    One star for annoying me with a prompt to review the app.

  • by Baweav

    I use this App often... A must have for navigating in unfamiliar areas to locate storefronts that are brick and mortar. Find what you are looking for quickly, close by!

  • Best search app I've found

    by Oh St Buckeyes

    I'm in a dif city 40 weeks of the year, plus all the ones I drive through going to and from these cities. This is the best app I've found.

  • Excellent app!!!

    by mdrziggy

    I like how u can easily save information to my contacts !! Also that it can open maps into so I can easily navigate

  • Cat

    by Duplicatxx

    Works for me?

  • One thing missing

    by Antwon S.

    This is a great app for traveling and even for finding stuff around areas you thought you knew. The only problem with this app is the lack of bookmarking. It's does keep your search history which helps.

  • One thing missing

    by Antwon S.

    This is a great app for traveling and even for finding stuff around areas you thought you knew. The only problem with this app is the lack of bookmarking. It's does keep your search history which helps.

  • Needs iOS7 support, otherwise great app

    by PianoGuyxxxx

    Needs iOS7 support, otherwise great app!

  • Great app

    by Steve Lambert

    I'm just like the NSA

  • Best app

    by J4hmtor

    Best app for traveling! A must have app.

  • Awesome app!

    by mom-of-2

    Hasn't failed me yet. My go-to app when I need to find something near me quickly!

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