May 12, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Location-based social networking Android apps have received a new peer in Centrl, the mobile version of a service to find friends, deals, and attractions. Formerly known as Unype, Centrl is a service to connect with friends and “share favorite locations, discover new places, meet new people, and find special money-saving offers.”
Centrl is essentially a connection service to people, points, and prices of interest in various cities. If you’re walking down Houston street in New York City and interested in lunch, Centrl will display nearby restaurants like Milady’s Bar that are offering specials. Or you’ll see nearby points of interest like shopping in SoHo or enjoying Washington Square Park. You’ll also see other Centrl users in the area if you’re interested in meeting new people.
The Centrl Android app allows users to display only their known contacts if they aren’t interested in tracking strangers. Map filters can also be applied to show/hide your favorite locations. This obviously makes it useful for someone who is a tourist or new to a city.
Users can link their Centrl with accounts from other social networks like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Hi5, and more. There are 400,000 reported members using the service, so jump in the circle if you’re so inclined.
NOTE: Be sure to enable GPS before you launch Centrl. You will experience force close errors until it is turned on.