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Tourist Eye debuts offline mobile travel guides on Android, iPhone

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Tourist Eye pulls out of their closed beta this morning, as they simultaneously launch their app for the iPhone and Android. Two young Spanish founders, Javier Fernández Escribano and Ariel Cámus, are aiming for an international smartphone userbase. The company offers a collaborative space for creating and sharing travel plans and compiling travel guides and will compete with other startups such as Tripwolf.

Users are able to create their travel guides online, plan trips together with others and then access their guides on their smartphones on the go. One advantage, something most regular travelers are likely to appreciate, is that with their app users can browse through their stitched-together guides offline, forgoing hefty roaming fees.  If you’re not roaming, rather than uploading your tracks after your trip is over, you report as you move along, including checkins, image uploads, etc. Tourist Eye allows you to share your moves on the go, through a connection with Facebook. However, if you don’t have a data connection or if you’re roaming, the application will tag your activity with dates & times and your geo-location, so that once you do upload, your web travel journal will in effect be an exact blueprint of your trip’s activity.

With an emphasis on sharing and community, not only does the user share as he travels, but as the community grows, users will receive real-time mobile notifications from their Tourist Eye connections with comments and travel suggestions on the go.

Competition is abundant and varies in types of services offered. Take giants like Tripadvisor or other online travel communities like Tripwolf or Minube; these are more web focused. TripIt and the likes are more mobile oriented, but tend to focus more on your official travel bookings and itineraries. The closest bet would be mTrip, which has a specific focus on travel guides, trip planning and sharing on the mobile platform.

The team is working to deliver an Blackberry and Windows Mobile 7 versions shortly.

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  • http://www.tipsandtrip.com/ marco

    Have a look also to tipsandtrip.com, web and iPhone application, launched a couple of weeks ago and already an AppStore travel top application in Australia/New Zealand and Italy.

  • http://aldamiz.com Gabriel Aldamiz-echevarria

    Awesome apps and definitely a great opportunity here!

  • http://www.touristeye.com fesja

    thanks marina! It was a nice article summing up our product and service. We want to emphasize that we bring together web and mobile. We believe that users want to have all the information on one place, they plan on the web and they enjoy it on the phone.

    We would love to receive as much feedback as possible :)

    greetings

    Javier Fernández Escribano
    Cofounder of Tourist Eye

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    I was with my family in Hong Kong in the first week of June and their tourism board has an application something like this. Unfortunately, they don’t have one for my Samsung running in Android.

    I’ll keep an eye on what Javier and Ariel are developing.

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