AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HomeAway®, Inc. – the world's leading network of online vacation rentals – today announced the launch of its HomeAway Vacation Rental Search Application for Android. The app, developed by Mobiata, creators of the popular travel applications FlightTrack and TripDeck, enables travelers to search, filter and share the more than 230,000 global vacation rental listings available on HomeAway.com. Android users can now download the application for free from the Android Market.
In August 2010, HomeAway launched its first mobile application for the iPhone®, also developed by Mobiata. The app was also released on iTunes® in January 2011 and has been downloaded more than 50,000 times since its launch.
The Android app incorporates enhanced versions of the convenient features available on HomeAway.com® including the ability to:
- Sort by number of bedrooms, price and/or availability
- Bookmark vacation rentals and share them with friends and family via e-mail, Facebook and/or Twitter
- Contact owners or property managers directly from the mobile device to inquire about a property
- See vibrant property photos in full-screen photo galleries
- View the physical location of vacation rentals via Google Maps™ mapping service and search by proximity to landmarks and geography
"Vacation rentals are continuing to gain popularity among travelers looking for more space, privacy and value on vacation," says Tom Hale, Chief Product Officer of HomeAway. "After the success of the HomeAway iPhone app, we wanted to expand to the Android platform to give the majority of smart phone users the ability to find, share and inquire about the thousands of HomeAway vacation rentals anytime, anywhere."
"We're extremely proud of the HomeAway app because it gives travelers an easy, elegant way to find great properties," says Ben Kazez, president of Mobiata. "The success of the iPhone application is a testament to both the HomeAway service and Mobiata's ability to create applications travelers want and that are simple to use. With the Android platform rapidly gaining adoption among mobile subscribers, we anticipate great things for the new app."
About HomeAway, Inc:
HomeAway, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, with sites representing more than 540,000 paid vacation rental home listings throughout more than 120 countries. HomeAway offers an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio of websites includes HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es in Spain; and AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil.
In addition, HomeAway operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels. For more information about HomeAway, please visit www.HomeAway.com.
Mobiata creates best-selling mobile travel applications for smartphones and emerging devices. Since its founding in December 2008, Mobiata's applications have been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Washington Post, TechCrunch, USA Today and in Apple TV and print ads. Mobiata's apps include the best-selling FlightTrack, FlightTrack Pro, FlightBoard, TripDeck and HotelPal applications. Mobiata is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For more information, visit the website at www.mobiata.com. Follow us on Twitter: @mobiata.
SOURCE HomeAway, Inc.