Canpages Inc.

Canpages Inc.

June 21, 2011 13:25 ET

Canada's Only Voice Powered Augmented Reality iPhone Application Gets a Facelift and New Features

Canpages Local Search App Has a New Look, Is Easier to Use and Integrates With Facebook and Twitter

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2011) -Canpages Inc., a local search company that provides small businesses with simple, cost-effective marketing solutions for connecting with customers, today announced an update to its free iPhone application on iTunes. The first Canadian owned and built voice-powered local search app, now includes social sharing on Twitter and Facebook as well as a new, simplified user interface that makes finding local businesses easier and faster than ever.

"Canpages' voice-powered local search app is all about helping people find what they need, when they need it, quickly and easily," said Colin Osing, Canpages' Director of Online Media. "It's as simple as launching the app on your smart phone and talking to it. Users can text or email the search results to a friend as well as Tweet it or post them to Facebook, all in one click."

The Canpages app allows users to speak their search request for a specific business category or type, such as "Tim Hortons", "Italian restaurants", or "gas stations" and view the direction and distance to the local business results in real-time on iPhone's screen. It is also one of only a handful of mobile apps in North America that leverages augmented reality technology, which uses the iPhone's compass, GPS and video camera simultaneously—and the only Canadian local search app that combines both voice-recognition and augmented reality all in one.

Key features of the Canpages app include:

  • Text and voice-powered local search
  • Sharing to Facebook and Twitter
  • Automatic location-based searching of businesses "nearby"
  • Ability to view businesses on a map along with directions
  • One click to share results via text and email
  • Augmented reality views of local search results
  • Photos and videos of local businesses
  • A national network of webcams

Since its initial release, Canpages' iPhone app has exceeded 100,000 downloads. Additionally, the Canpages app is also free to download on Android and BlackBerry devices, allowing users on all three platforms to search Canpages' more than one million business listings across Canada.

About Canpages and
Canpages is a Canadian owned and operated multimedia advertising company focused on connecting local businesses and people, fast and efficiently. Canpages helps small to medium sized businesses generate leads and acquire new customers through online print and mobile solutions. Most recently, the company expanded its portfolio to include managing search engine marketing (SEM) campaigns for local businesses as well as website solutions. is the company's local business search engine. More than 3.5 million unique users visit the site every month, which generates close to 100 million local searches each year. Through local search, print publications across the country and thousands of customers, the company reaches millions of households and businesses in Canada. Headquartered in Vancouver and owned by Yellow Media Inc., Canpages employs 700 people.

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