Wanted Alive: Beta-Testers for What the Helsinki Android App

What the Helsinki app’s Android version is currently in beta-testing. If you visit central Helsinki frequently and can tolerate an unfinished app, you can ask to become a beta tester. No obligations but your feedback would be very valuable. The main concern right now is how well the functionally ready app works on the wide range of different Android devices that are available.

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Imagine if you could stroll around in the city and your phone would automatically show you what the place looked like in the past.

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See how some places still look the same and others have changed completely.

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You can see the photos that were taken nearest to your current location or browse them on the map.

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Subject location and viewing location help you to see the historical view in today’s Helsinki (visualization not final yet).

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Additional information is also given about every photo.

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The first version contains 1907–1913 photos from the best-known early photographer of Helsinki Signe Brander. Later versions will also have more recent photos and information about Helsinki both for locals and visitors.

What the Helsinki app’s Android version is currently in beta-testing. If you visit central Helsinki frequently and can tolerate an unfinished app, you can ask to become a beta tester. Based on the experiences, the need to make an iPhone version will be considered later.

Once the app is ready, it will be available free of charge. The author has had Helsinki related photo blogs since 2008 and What the Helsinki is the latest incarnation. A related blog will be opened that can be also followed using Facebook and Twitter. This is an experiment to see what can be achieved when author’s hobbies photography, travel and programming are combined.

If you have any questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to email support at whatthehelsinki.com. At the moment the best way to follow the progress is to follow the author in Twitter.

Black and white photos on this page are by Signe Brander and they are licensed from the Helsinki City Museum.

You won’t find this place from a Helsinki tourist guide:

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