So you’re wandering down the street in a strange city looking for a WiFi hotspot. You could do what I usually do and fire up the Google Maps app on your phone and search for coffee shops or libraries and hope they have WiFi. Or you could fire up the new Lookator augmented reality app that shows you nearby WiFi access points.

The user interface is pretty simple. Basically the app turns on your camera and then shows a list of WiFi hotspots plotted roughly where they would be in real life. There’s also a little radar in the corner with dots representing hotspots, so if you don’t see any at first, just move your phone’s camera toward the dots.

Out of the box, Lookator will only show you hotspots within range. But if you have the free WeFi app installed, Lookator will also show nearby hotspots that aren’t currently within range, letting you know which direction to head to find a working hotspot.

Of course, you could just use the WeFi app without Lookator, since it’ll show you all the same information minus the camera overlay. But where’s the fun in that?

Lookator is available as a free download from the Android Market.

via MobileTopSoft

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...