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SketchFactor is a community-driven navigation app that gets you where you need to go on foot.
SketchFactor Goes to Play
Sketchy app you've heard of is now available on Google Play Store
October 21, 2014. NY, NY. SketchFactor, the community-driven navigation app that helps you discover cities on foot, is now available on Google Play.
Following its launch on the iPhone’s App Store in August and Amazon’s Android Appstore earlier this month, the sketchy team is at it again. Available across the US on all major platforms, SketchFactor is taking cities by storm.
“It’s an exciting time for SketchFactor -- we've had over 10,000 stories shared on our platform in just two months,” remarked the app’s CEO and Co-Founder Allison McGuire. “A wider audience now has access to the app via the Google Play Store and we're eager to hear their sketchy reports.”
SketchFactor empowers people to pinpoint exact moments of sketchiness, be it a bizarre discovery, strange encounter, or something more dangerous, like a hazard or crime.
“We recently explored Seattle—a place we’d never been to—and used SketchFactor to guide our tour of the city,” Daniel Herrington, SketchFactor CTO and Co-Founder explained.
“It was uncanny how specific the app was. There was one street corner we were warned about via the app—it turns out that corner was the site of a drug drop. Now we, as visitors, and locals knew to avoid that street when walking downtown.”
Download the app today here: Google Play
Co-Founder & CEO, SketchFactor
SketchFactor Arrives in the Amazon Appstore
October 13, 2014. NY, NY. The app relies on you sharing sketchy moments and public data like crime and 311 reports to get you where you need to go on foot.
SketchFactor is one of the featured apps in the Amazon Appstore.
Whether you’re exploring your own city or traveling to someplace new, be sure to check out SketchFactor before you embark on your journey.
“We’re delighted to be a featured app in the Amazon Appstore and to launch our Android version exclusively on Amazon Appstore,” remarked SketchFactor Co-Founder and CEO Allison McGuire. “With this app, we’re empowering walkers with the information they need to explore cities on their terms.”
“The sketchy navigation app provides an innovative travel experience for customers,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Appstore. “We’re thrilled that SketchFactor has provided their app as an Android exclusive to the Amazon Appstore.”
SketchFactor enables you to pinpoint sketchy—weird, dangerous, or tips—experiences, vote on others’ stories, and get walking directions.
Instead of heat mapping large data sets like crime, painting large parts of cities as “bad” or “good”, SketchFactor pinpoints the exact street, alley, or corner where sketchiness occurs.
“We were hoping to get 10,000 users in three months. We got 60,000 downloads in four days. We’ve been completely blown away by the response,” noted SketchFactor Co-Founder and CTO Daniel Herrington.
SketchFactor reporters share stories that range from the serious to the downright bizarre. App users rate their experiences on a SketchFactor scale of 1 - 5, 5 being the most sketchy.
Some SketchFactor stories around the US:
Commerce, TX: “Ducks here are ruthless. They will stop at nothing to get your bread. Watch out for these weird ass turkey-duck things too. They do this weird head bob thing and sound like they have asthma. Bad area.”
San Francisco, CA: “Saw a man beaten and mugged. Scary and violent. Lots of people on the street but no one seemed to care. This street is fine in daytime. But avoid in evening.”
New York, NY: “Google Maps will tell you to walk down this street. Don’t do it! It’s like walking down the highway. Take a longer stroll through Central Park. Much nicer.”
Allison McGuire, Co-Founder & CEO, SketchFactor