Expedia Inc. was on the move today with four mobile developments: Expedia.com launched its first Android app and upgraded its mobile website, and sister company Hotels.com introduced two new mobile apps, for iPhone and Android.
Expedia Hotels for Android uses GPS to enable travelers to find nearby hotels and facilitates bookings in four taps from research to booking phases, Expedia says.
Expedia Hotels for Android, the company’s first Android app since acquiring Mobiata in November 2010, features “Android-specific landscape views for flexibility on a wide range of Android devices,” Expedia says.
And, Expedia upgraded its mobile site for U.S. customers, with new mobile features coming for travelers outside the U.S. “in the coming weeks,” the company says.
The mobile website now features expanded property and room details, and travelers can navigate from the hotel map guides to their desired hotel with a single tap, Expedia says.
Meanwhile, sister brand Hotels.com launched iPhone and Android apps, which provide booking capabilities for 135,000 hotels around the world in 30 languages, Hotels.com says.
The Hotels.com apps have a “sign-in once” feature, and users can access past and future bookings whether the device has a data connection or not, the company says.
The flurry of mobile rollouts follow Expedia Inc.’s acquisition of Mobiata last November.
Mobiata was slated to demo the Expedia Hotels for Android app in the Developer Sandbox at the Google I/O meet-up in San Francisco May 10 to 11.