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Travelers May Now Access Thousands of Vacation Homes from their Android Mobile Devices

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 8:33am
AUSTIN, Texas, /PRNewswire/ -- HomeAway®, Inc. – the world's leading network of online vacation rentals – recently 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."

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