Glocut is one of the nicest local search web apps I’ve seen yet. What sets it apart from all the others is its deceptively simple but effective user interface.
When you launch Glocut the first time you will need to enter your location. It’s not very fussy about formatting; a full street address, city, country, postal code or a landmark like “Times Square”; they all work .
It gets even better, Glocut has a tiny Java or Windows Mobile native app that you can download. All the app does is retrieve your location from the phone’s GPS and launch the browser passing the Glocut URL with your latitude and longitude embedded in the query string. After launching the browser the app terminates freeing what little resources it was using. What a great way to GPS enable a web app. It works perfectly on my unbranded Nokia N95-3 and should work on any GPS equipped phone that supports the Java ME Location API and allows an unsigned application access to location data.
Once Glocut knows were you are it displays your location on a map and and initially shows Google Local search results for nearby hotels. Not looking for a hotel? You can enter a search query or click on links for predefined searches like Restaurant, Bar, Bank, Café, Taxi, Pizza, Sushi or McDonalds. Click on one of those and Glocut displays results centered on your location from the selected category. Glocut’s truly a global application. It seems to recognize address anywhere in the world and the interface is available in 17 languages.
Glocut is more than just a better Google Local front end. There’s a top menu that lets you choose from (Local) Search, Wikipedia, Pictures from panoramio.com, Events from last.fm and Twitter (Tweets from people near you).The Twitter tab even lets you update your Twitter status and when you do it sets your location in Twitter
Even with its few warts, Glocut is pretty amazing. If Google had built this everyone would be going nuts over how great it was and how Google really understands mobile. But Glocut wasn’t built by Google, although it uses some Google APIs for maps and local searches. Glocut was created single-handily by Anders Johnard, a Swedish consultant and veteran of social networking site LunarStorm where he was responsible for their mobile site. Glocut is self funded although Anders indicated he might be interested in some VC funding eventually. Source: Oh! Mobile Directory
Filed in: Wap Review Directory – Search/Local
Ratings: Content Usability
Ready.mobi Score: 3 “Fair”
Mobile Link: glocut.com