Near by is a simple application that is available for both Windows PC and Phones that will allow you to quickly located local resources such as gas stations, pharmacies and more that are close to your current location. It comes across as a handy app to have while traveling and is today's AdDuplex HERO App.
The HERO App program is a promotional campaign for Windows Phone and Windows developers on the AdDuplex Network. The program has changed slightly from last year and partners AdDuplex with AppDeals, TechRewards and Windows Central to deliver a host of benefits to the top apps and games each month. Our role in the HERO App campaign is to offer a little exposure to these titles by sharing them with you, our readers.
To say Near by is a simple app might be an overstatement. The app will use your current location to find a broad range of resources, map them out and offer you limited driving directions to help you get to where you need to be.
The primary screen is an alphabetical listing of the resources Near by will locate and include gas stations, banks, doctor's offices, gyms, police stations, furniture stores, car washes, veterinary offices and more. Tapping on a category will pull up a list of these locations that are within a few miles of your current location.
The individual listing will detail the name of the business and its address. Tapping on a listing will transition to a map view highlighting your current location and the location of the business. The map view has several viewing options such as aerial view, 2D/3D views and traffic flow. You can map a route to get to the business, but turn-by-turn navigation is not available.
On the plus side, Near by does have Cortana integration where you can ask Cortana to use Near by to find a business near your location. For example, if you tell Cortana "Nearby gas stations," the app will launch and list the gas stations close to your location.
In tinkering with Near by the app does have potential, but as is may be too limited for some travelers. I would have liked to have seen more information about the location such as phone numbers, links to websites, etc. and turn-by-turn directions. I do see Near by coming in handy when you are looking for businesses within a stone's throw or walking distance, but the app needs a little more punch to finding resources that are more distant.
Near by is a free, ad-supported app and while it's not Yelp, if you are looking for a simple resource finder it is worth trying.
AdDuplex HERO Promotion
AdDuplex is a fantastic resource for the cross-promotion of Windows Phone and Windows apps. AdDuplex's HERO Apps program is designed to help developers promote their apps even further with free access to various tools and resources from AdDuplex.
The HERO Apps promotion partners AdDuplex with Windows Central, AppDeals and Microsoft TechRewards to provide additional benefits to the top apps every month. These benefits are spread across four packages and include:
- 100% exchange ratio on AdDuplex for 1 month
- $50-500 credits to run ad campaigns on AdDuplex
- @AdDuplex tweet about your app]
- Professional ad design (banner and/or interstitial)
- TechReward Points
- App quality review by the Windows Store
- Free feature campaign on AppDeals
- Review of your app on Windows Central
The rules to join the HERO Apps program remain the same. Every app that you start to cross-promote on the AdDuplex network will be able to apply for the program and receive one of the four benefit packages. You can find all the fine print and sign up for the HERO Apps program here at AdDuplex's website.
Windows Central is proud to be partnering with AdDuplex with the HERO Apps program. As with our existing partnership with myAppFree Deals, this is yet another excellent opportunity to promote both the Windows 10 PC and Mobile platforms.
Windows Central is already partnering with the myAppFree campaign and is proud to be collaborating with AdDuplex with the HERO Apps program. It is another great opportunity to promote the Windows 10 PC and Mobile platform.