New travel guide Triposo brings algorithms to apps

A new travel guide aiming to take the best of the web's travel content mobile launched last week, adding another dimension to the rapidly expanding world of mobile travel guides.

Triposo, founded by two ex-Google employees, uses a set of sophisticated algorithms to pull in content from various sources and transform it into a fully fledged travel guide.

The service, which launched this week, is available for both Apple and Android devices and is free, much like many of the sources it taps for information, which include Wikitravel, Wikipedia, World66 and Openstreetmap.

Each guide contains information on sightseeing, nightlife, restaurants and more - selected not by a human but by Triposo's algorithms - and is available offline.

In a post published Friday, influential technology blog TechCrunch described Triposo as a "mobile travel guide to kill Lonely Planet," noting that the proliferation of user-created content has left yesterday's guidebooks in a very crowded space.

While this is partially true, the app has some way to go when it comes to its selections, and many of the listings lack the sophisticated 'human' touch which characterizes Lonely Planet guides and those of its competitors such as Rough Guides and the all-mobile Mtrip.

Nonetheless, functionality such as offline map browsing and basic phrasebooks make the app a useful companion for short trips, especially compared to the number of low-quality free alternatives out there.

Perhaps its strongest point is its tour booking functionality, an area which several travel startups have tried to crack, with varying degrees of success - Triposo offers a clean online booking tool and a good selection of tours.

Download the apps from http://www.triposo.com/

 

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