Rove with Trover

Posted: November 20, 2011

Get hyper-local with Trover. Share your discoveries with fellow travelers, from a delicious meal in New York to a pride of lazy lions in Kenya.

Name: Trover

Available for: Android, iPhone

What it does: Opens up the world one image at a time. Merges geolocation and photo-sharing to let users capture and share snapshots from their current locations.

Cost: Free

What's hot: Launched by online names such as Rich Barton, chairman and founder of Expedia.com and cofounder of Zillow, and Jason Karas, who founded the eco-social gaming company Carbonrally.com. You'd expect pretty landscapes, but there's inspiring art and architecture too. There have been 100,000 downloads in 160 countries, with San Francisco, New York, Boston, Chicago, London, Paris, and Hong Kong leading in discoveries. Directions are also posted, so following the discoveries could make for an interesting road trip.

What's not: Occasionally the map locations on my Android didn't match where the photo was taken. In some instances, where the image was uploaded got pinned on the map instead. When in doubt (if the beach looks like a nearby restaurant), double-check.

Worth it: Can't beat the price. If you like Foodspotting, you'll love Trover.

- Jen Leo,

Los Angeles Times

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