Affirming its commitment to industry-leading mobile travel planning tools for consumers, Orbitz.com today announced the re-launch of the Orbitz Flights, Hotels, Cars app for Android, adding major speed improvements and single-screen booking for flights, hotel rooms and car rentals for the massive number of travelers now carrying Android-powered smartphones.
Download the new Orbitz App for Android for free on Google Play.
With nearly 80 percent of smartphones shipped globally in the second quarter of 2013 being Android devices,1 the rebuilt App was designed specifically for Android and gives travelers a fully native, in-app search and book experience while offering Orbitz Mobile Steals - exclusive, mobile-only discounts of up to 50 percent on thousands of hotels worldwide. The app also offers special features for Gmail users through Google Now so that check-in reminders and updates appear on the day of travel.
“Consumer adoption of Android devices is exploding. Orbitz.com is seeing seven times the number of hotel bookings made on Android devices versus last year and it is the fastest growing mobile platform for us worldwide,” said Chris Brown, group vice president, mobile. “With nearly 30 percent of Orbitz.com hotel bookings coming from mobile devices, we are thrilled to bring this third generation Android app to consumers. The new app makes it significantly faster and easier for Android device owners to search and book travel and find the very best deals from Orbitz.com.”
Highlights of the new and improved Orbitz App for Android:
· Lightning fast: Search and book flights, hotels, and rental cars with one-tap access to recent searches, an intuitive calendar for selecting travel dates, auto-suggest options when entering city/airport names, powerful sorting and filtering capabilities and a single-screen booking process.
· Easy access to exclusive mobile-only hotel discounts and deals: The new map interface makes it even easier to find Orbitz Mobile Steals, exclusive mobile-only discounts of up to 50 percent off tonight-only and future hotel stays in over 400 popular destinations worldwide.
· Convenient travel tools: Sign in with an existing Orbitz.com account to access previously stored information and travel preferences including name, credit card number, billing address, seating preferences and loyalty programs. Get one-tap access to flight status and gate change information, plus, access itineraries even when there`s no internet connection.
· Latest Google services: Gmail users who have opted-in to Google Now will also get day-of-travel flight status and hotel check-in reminders. Consumers can also see a map-based view of hotel searches using the latest version of Google Maps for Android.