Roamz mobile app aims to make travelers feel like locals

Summary:Roamz is working on giving Foursquare, Gowalla and other location-based apps some more competition.

Aiming to take advantage of local, social, and mobile technologies all at once, Roamz has launched as an intelligent, location-based app that aggregates and interprets real-time social data about local places.

It's easy to try to automatically compare this to other location-based services apps like Foursquare and Gowalla. Both of these are ramping up on additional social and information features based on a user's location.

There is also a rapidly growing pool of location-based, social apps popping up -- or revamped ones from existing major players like Yelp and Google, -- which is hard on the consumer as most people don't want to have to search and/or update more than one or two.

But the key to Roamz is the intelligence part. Unveiled ahead of the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco next week, the idea behind Roamz and what is supposed to make it stand apart is that it is intended to point out relevant data for hot spots like restaurants and tourist attractions for each unique user based on his or her interests, social graph and activity history.

Basically, Roamz is touted as "like having your best friend in your pocket."

Some of that data will come from other social networks, including Foursquare, but also Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Roamz app is available to download for free from iTunes now. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 4.0 or later.

For a closer look at Roamz, check out the promo video below:


Topics: Mobile OS, Apple, Enterprise Software


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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