iPhone App Review: Whodoo

iPhone App Review: Whodoo

November 29th, 2012 by

The iPhone is capable of amazing feats of supercomputing, at least compared to the first five computers I ever owned combined. One minor gripe is that to do almost anything you need to switch to a dedicated app: Twitter, Facebook, navigation, phone calls, etc. Pioneer Corporation (yes THAT Pioneer corporation) attempts to wrangle all of the major functions of your iDevice into one handy app with Whodoo, a new app that is a mashup of several services built upon Pioneer’s cloud-based API Zypr.

How It Works

Whodoo is primarily a navigation app, with its main screen taken up by a large map view. The next most noticeable feature on the main screen is the voice activation button, along with a dedicated button to take you to the internet radio stations. There are also three tabs along the side that function as modifiers for the map screen: Friends, Search, and Route. You can also access any major feature within the app by using the voice function (“Find coffee shops nearby”, etc).

If you provide the app with your Facebook and Twitter credentials then you can also see your friends’ updates and post updates of your own, via typing or also through the voice command feature.

Pros And Cons

The app is free, which is of course always a plus. The Zypr API also purportedly can update itself without any actual “updates” to the app, I imagine due to its cloud-based nature. What that amounts to is that if Pioneer wanted to add another service to the current list (Facebook, Twitter, Slacker, Tuner2, and Yelp currently), then it would just show up in the app without an App Store update. Neat.

Another nice touch is the ability to drag a crosshair around the screen, then tap and hold in the area where you want to go. The app will give you directions to the nearest address to that location, which can be a fast and handy way to get to another part of town quickly. You can of course search for specific addresses as well, but the crosshairs make for a good way to get a rough estimate on driving somewhere that you’re not familiar with.

The interface overall is a little confusing, with buttons and windows that overlap the map screen and flyout when you tap them. A more standard menu-based layout may make the app easier to understand for the uninitiated, as well as fitting it to the larger iPhone 5 display.


Whodoo is an interesting entry into the navigation market. It does what it promises, which is to bring several popular services together into one app, making it easier to do several things at once (and it includes at every launch the requisite warning against driving while looking at your phone), without having to bounce out to the home screen and launch a new app. It could use a few cosmetic tweaks but overall is a good app for a good price: free.

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