Storymap:Created by a pair of Irish filmmakers, Storymap populates streets with related stories told in short films. Starting first as a website, there’s now also a Storymap app, for both Android and iPhone.
The interface is simple and intuitive, with themes defined by colour-coded speech bubbles marking out the stories. You can lazily explore them from the sofa or take your smartphone and be led on a story trail of funny, historical or literary narratives. A new story is added every week.
Storymap.ie, free on desktop; app, €3
Much of this info was already available online, but the Irish Sports Council has produced an app that makes it accessible where it is needed. A database of more than 400 trails for all levels are covered, from short strolls for all the family to more strenuous hikes; even a small selection of on- and off-road cycle trails. Location info from your smartphone means you can check for routes nearby, with starting points, outlines and difficulty gradings.
irishtrails.ie, free, from App Store. Android version coming soon
Androiders never lost it, but Google Maps reappeared as an installable app for iPhones at the end of 2012. Nokia’s mobile mapping platform is strong, but Google Maps, thanks to huge data aggregation, is the benchmark. The app delivers a rich experience, now with turn-by-turn instructions and street view. It’s the mapping both apps above link to. Google Maps, free