Whether you’re taking a trip down to Australia, or you’re just a local, finding your way around the splendid cities and its various hotspots is fun if you have some cool smartphone apps to guide you around. Here’s a look at some of the popular apps in Australia that are sure to make your Australian experience an enjoyable one.
Popular Apps in Australia
TramTRACKER® Tram Tracking Service
How you goin’? TramTRACKER®, of course.
No more guessing when you’re next tram’s due; whether resident or tourist, the TramTRACKER® tram tracking service Yarra Trams Android client provides the real-time location of Melbourne trams. TramTRACKER® identifies your location by checking it against the next three nearest stops, a list generated by the app.
Tram riders can also personalize search results to display only customized routes or low floor trams. TramTRACKER® also wants to help you travel in comfort. The app displays an icon indicating air conditioned trams when the temperature exceeds 25 degrees.
Some of the recent additions and improvements include a Network Map, an onscreen notification prompt for approaching trams and more accurate TramTRACKER® service disruption messages, such as traffic obstructions and accidents. TramTRACKER® displays a disruption icon and textual message with information about the cause of the disruption.
TramTRACKER® is available for free download on the Internet.
While you’re on the tram, use myUsage Lite to view a single bank account balance or quota usage. The May 2012 Edition of PC & Tech gave MyUsage Lite, which is the lite version of myUsage, 6 out of 6 stars. The February 2012 edition of The Age listed MyUsage Lite as one of the top 25 must-have Android smartphone apps.
MyUsage Lite provides users with priority customer support right from the application, application updates, access to community and testing providers. It also displays no advertisements.
MyUsage Lite also allows user to select from ISPs, airline frequent flyer points, loyalty cards, telcos and more useful features.
Lasoo is an Android app that provides users with access to catalogues, products and offers from popular local retailers. The store locator feature contains interactive maps for the nearest stores as well retailer contact information.
Lasoo provides a location-based retail product search engine display detailed product information, images, descriptions and images, saving you a trip across town before deciding whether or not the item is up your alley. Once you’ve made a decision use the store locator and directory features to point the way, making sure to check out the hours of operation in the Store Opening Hours feature.
Some of Australia’s featured biggest retailers include IKEA, Coles, Stratco, Target and Australia Post and many more. Lasoo’s most recently added feature is a zoom and wish list.
Whether you like it or not, Australians know that every day is four seasons rolled into one.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s (BOM) proprietary app provides Australians with access to national weather information, forecasts, radar loops and current observations in a user-friendly graphic interface. The app includes detailed weather information for hundreds of locations in Australia and Antarctica with the ability to manually or automatically detect your whereabouts.
The app was designed with animated wind and rain radar screens (where available). Rain radar accessibility range selections include 64km, 128km, 256km and 512km. Weather Australia allows you to plan a trip using a feature that displays weather observations from the past 24 or 72 hours, as well rain probably forecasts and extended range forecasts for regional locations.
Additional app features include widget and background themes, small updates, UV values for Newcastle and Townsville and a radar key.
Don’t get weathered by the storm; use Weather Australia.
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