Expedia Mobile Upgrades Designed to Give Travelers the Ability to Plan and Book the Perfect Trip Whenever or Wherever They Desire;
App Creators to Participate in Developer Sandbox at Google I/O
BELLEVUE, Wash. And SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Google I/O) (May 10, 2011) – Expedia.com®, the world’s leading online travel agency, today announced two new milestones in mobile shopping for travel. The company launched a hotel booking app for Android devices called “Expedia Hotels.” Expedia® also released a set of major upgrades to the hotel shopping experience for Expedia mobile web customers. Collectively, the investments are designed to help travelers find and book the perfect trip, whether they are at home, on the road or anywhere in between.
“Nothing is more intrinsically mobile than travel, which is why investing in mobile is a key part of our Expedia Everywhere business strategy,” said Scott Durchslag, president, Expedia Worldwide. “Whether it from be their mobile phone, their tablet, or their PC, Expedia customers can book the perfect trip from nearly anywhere, at any time.”
Expedia Hotels is a mobile booking app designed to give travelers an easy way to research, filter and book hotel rooms from a mobile device. This is the first Android app introduced by Expedia since the company acquired Mobiata™, the mobile app powerhouse. Mobiata will be on hand in the Developer Sandbox at Google I/O from May 10-11 in San Francisco to debut the app. Expedia Hotels is available for free from the Android Market at http://market.android.com.
Expedia Hotels automatically uses GPS to find available hotels within close range of the traveler and then displays everything that traveler needs to find the perfect room. The Android app lets users easily research and book hotels anywhere in the world, filtering by price, rating, distance or popularity. Key features of the Android app include:
Expedia also continues to invest in best-in-class mobile web capabilities, and has released a set of major upgrades to the hotel shopping experience for Expedia’s mobile web customers. Travelers visiting www.expedia.com from any mobile device, on any mobile platform can now search via one-finger navigation. They can use location-enabled search to find “Hotels Nearby Tonight” and then find and explore images, guest ratings, user reviews and greatly expanded details for each property and room. A single tap to the hotel map guides travelers directly to their chosen hotel.
These upgrades to the Expedia mobile site are live today for customers in the United States and will be rolling out to travelers in other counties in the coming weeks. Expedia Hotels is also available as a free iPhone and iPod touch app developed to give travelers an intuitive, quick way to research, filter and book hotel rooms from their mobile device. Download the app at www.itunes.com/appstore.
Expedia.com is the world's leading online travel site, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel. Expedia.com (http://www.expedia.com/, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide the latest technology and thewidest selection of vacation packages, flights, hotels, rental cars, cruises and in-destination activities, attractions, and services. With the Expedia Best Price Guarantee, Expedia.com customers can get the best rates available online for all types of travel.
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