TimesCity.com, after its recent acquisition of restaurant recommendation mobile app Gawbl, have now came up with its all new app, TimesCity- Your City Guide. The app is designed around the utility + discovery factor, aiming at providing users a ‘Do It All’ destination to identify near-by eating joints, movie schedule, events and nightlife in their city- all at one place.
It basically features listings and recommendations based on location, type of event, and must-try & must- do things in and around where users are. On logging in, app can instantly detect the user’s current location. One can then search & filter based on their preference of distance, ratings and price. Also, one can easily plan a hang out with their friends with the app.
Users can browse, recommend, write reviews about the restaurant, pubs, etc. The app also shows the most buzzing things going on in the city, in the “Trending” section. These trends are mainly picked up by the Times editorial team and some of them are also based on user activity.
The team is already working towards adding the facilities such as online tickets booking and table reservation. It won’t be a surprise if in the coming months we heard about times partnership with brands like Bookmyshow.com, just like it partnered with Mobikon, three months back.
On asking, how the team will differentiate itself from the already established players like Zomato and Burrp, Miten Sampat, Business Head, TimesCity, said, ” With the launch of this app, we are providing users with a comprehensive lens into how to log-off and have a good time. Our team took an entirely fresh look at how we ourselves discover and plan with our friends, and what you see in the app, is something we’d all love to use every week”.
The app is available for download on the Google Play store, Apple Appstore (iOS) & Blackberry World.
At present, TimesCity is available for users in 11 cities, viz. Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Goa, Jaipur, KolKata, Pune, Chennai,Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad. The team is further planning to raise this number to 25.
In our opinion, the app will be best for those who are willing to take quick decisions on the basis of information like movie show timings, eating joints and events going on in the city, without hopping from one site to other. However, the home screen ask users to sign in/sign up first through their Facebook, Google+ or email accounts. Compulsory login might keep some of them reluctant in using this app.
Also, there are already many similar apps available in the market. For e.g., all Android phones offer a pre-installed app, ‘Local’ synced with Google maps, which offers almost the same information in much easy manner.
Then, there is Nokia City Lens, which has a far more attractive UI and is more a walking map, showing restaurants, shops, hotels and other popular destinations nearby.
So, considering that a number of users are already using these apps as a part of their daily routine, it would be really great to see if TimesCity app is able to make its place among them.
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