SCVNGR ist die erste App, die Googles neue Places-API nutzt. Dafür hat das fünf Monate alte SCVNGR die eigene Location-Datenbank aufgegeben.
As the company’s founder and „Chief Ninja“ Seth Priebatsch told us yesterday, switching to the Google Places API allowed SCVNGR to quickly scale globally, as it can now rely on Google’s extensive location database to power its service. SCVNGR users will now also be able to create challenges and treks – the central gaming elements on the service – at all of these locations. As we noted when Google first announced it, the Places API „could do for check-ins what Google Maps did for maps.“ As Priebatsch told us, the fact that Google gave his company access to this comprehensive global database with millions of locations made switching to it a no-brainer.