If you’re a Google Maps user then you may be familiar with local guides, a feature integrated into the application that lets users share their experiences and thoughts on specific places or locations like restaurants, retailers and more so that other users can learn more details about them. Recently, Google has started sending out invites to a number of local guides to test out a new app that they have in the works which is meant for travelers. Google is calling this a “travel assistant” application, and it will be available on both Android and iOS platforms, but other that that Google hasn’t shared much on what the app does or what sort of features it will have included.
Google states that local guides who are level 2 or above will be among the first to test out the new travel app, mentioning that they’ll be giving those particular users a “sneak peak” at the app and what it has to offer. Level 2 local guides and above should be receiving the email with a request to take a survey which allows the user to apply when completed. The survey asks questions like what type of mobile phone the local guide is using and includes answers like Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry or other. This suggests that Google may be developing the app for more than just Android and iOS devices although there is no confirmation on such a detail.
The survey also includes questions on if local guides are planning a trip soon, and where that trip is to and what kind of trip it is whether it’s for business or pleasure. Right now there is no other information on the new travel app and there likely won’t be until Google begins to send out an early version for guides to try out. Google notes that they’ll be sending out instructions for local guides on how to get the application and test it out sometime next week, but with no detail on which day that would be exactly. If you’re a local guide level or above or if you’re going to try and level up, starting now would be a good time for your best chance at getting selected.