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Hey Where Are You : Location Service (HeyWAY)

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★★ Named one of the best 35 iPhone apps of 2009 (so far) on TechCrunch! ★★

This is the FREE HeyWAY location service application, which includes advertisements. A Pro version is also available that offers an ad-free experience and the additional ability to attach a custom short message to location updates and requests.

Hey Where Are You, or HeyWAY, is a new location service that lets you keep track of where friends, family and colleagues are. Send alerts with your current location to your followers, or send "Hey, Where Are You?" alerts requesting their location.

Unlike other services such as Google Latitude, HeyWAY uses Apple's new Push Notification Service, so notifications of your friends' location, and your requests for their location, are delivered even when the application is not running.

HeyWAY is perfect for keeping in touch with:

✓ Your spouse or partner: is he still at work? Nearly home? At the pub? Get back his actual location.
✓ Teenage children: rest easier by having them check in with their actual location when they're out late. Easier and more reliable than assurances sent over SMS, and much less intrusive than voice calls.
✓ Field employees or colleagues: get a quick fix on delivery drivers, sales associates or other field employees or colleagues who are constantly on the move.

HeyWAY strictly guards your privacy: you must individually authorize others to see your location, and location updates are sent only when you specifically choose. Note that it is not possible to track another HeyWAY user without them choosing to send you a location update.

HeyWAY logs location updates received from people you are following so you can refer back to each person's past whereabouts. All locations are displayed on embedded maps, which are fully navigable using familiar panning and zooming controls.

HeyWAY is available for iPod Touch devices and the original iPhone, but please be aware that location fixes are less accurate using these devices, since they do not include GPS. iPod Touch devices may not be able to produce a location fix at all in many areas. This is a hardware limitation.

Some notes in response to common customer questions:

✓ A commonly-requested feature is the ability to authorize others to track your location without requiring an alert or confirmation. Unfortunately, the current iPhone system software doesn't support such a feature, since third-party applications may not run in the background, or respond to Push Notifications without explicit user action. This feature will be added if and when Apple lifts this limitation.

✓ The location detected by HeyWAY is no more or less precise than any other iPhone application; detecting your location is performed by your device's Apple-provided system software, not the application.

Niftybrick Software is an independent artisan software studio. We value your perspective and suggestions; write to us any time at

What's New in Version 1.8


- Redesigned the peer-to-peer connection screen
- Remember the last set of location-update recipients
- Longer network timeout
- Various cosmetic improvements


- Fixed a bug when viewing locations that could cause a crash
- Fixed an intermittent freeze after establishing a peer-to-peer connection

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Customer Reviews

Useful but a tad clunky UX

I use this daily with my girlfriend so we can ping each other with our locations, thereby saving cell minutes and SMS typing. Having been a very heavy user of HeyWay for a while, I see where the app needs an interaction design overhaul. All the right funtionality is there and the service is highly functional and reliable so it's an amazing app already.

Excellence opportunities:
1) make this one task smooth using the following pseudocode: Send to John my location. This is my 99% scenario, I seldom need to send my location to everybody on my approval list, which is the current default. Remember who I sent my location to last, it's probably who I need to send my location to next.
2) reply to a received location with my location. There is no facility to reply but that is my 99% need after receiving a location and viewing it. It's my way of saying that I got the message.
3) view my received locations as a list with the most recently received on top. Now, after unlocking my phone and launching the app, I have to dig through each one of my contacts to see who sent it and it's a pain. I need to see it like a date sorted inbox with the unread one on top.

I have found the free app to already be priceless in spite of the currently clunky interaction model, just because it's been so fantastically useful in my daily life. So 4 stars for a great app, to be upgraded to 5 stars when the workflow gets smoothed out.

Marriage saver

I've always felt that if there is a technological device that eliminates or reduces the possibility of domestic strife, it should be incorporated into my families life. Simple things like a toilet seats that soft-lowers, a shared calendar, the habit of always carrying a cell phone, frequent text and email checks, all have cut down on the potential for arguments and disagreements. Each device lowers the inconvenience threshold, making either my wife or myself more likely to use them. This app is the penultimate tool for this goal. I can ask her where she is without having to call her, potentially interrupting a meeting or another call. She can request my location without interrupting my golf swing. And because the request has to be approved for your location to be sent, it's not invasive or creepy.

Relationship helper!

My husband uses his phone for work, so calling him at certain times can cause I ask my boss or my wife to wait? Since location requests through this app pop up like a text message, he knows that I'm not calling with an emergency and can wait if he needs to. Also, since replying back is so much quicker than a call, he usually doesn't have to wait. I get the info I need, and less stress for both of us... All while respecting privacy because we each have to approve sending our location.

Only recommendation: allow me to send my location and request his in a single step... With my approval, of course! Great app, thanks!

Hey Where Are You : Location Service (HeyWAY)
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  • Free
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2009
  • Version: 1.8
  • Size: 1.8 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Niftybrick Software, LLC

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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