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DEVICES – Product news, launches and more – June 2013

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The latest devices news, launches and more from around the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in June 2013.

Thursday 20 June 2013:

Mobile Travel Technologies wins first same-day white label app customer in Jin Jiang Hotels. The Eleventh Hour app was announcedin May this year in a bid to keep control over inventory and pricing for hotel chains looking to capture some of the same-day hotel booking trend. Jin Jiang Hotels Lite will be available in the Apple iTunes store and will offer same-day deals to its 116 properties in 75 Chinese cities.

Monday 17 June 2013:

Thomas Cook to launch new app for currency info and booking. The new app is expected to be released in the next few weeks and will include feeds from Thomas Cook Money and the main travel websites. It will include what it calls an “interactive calculator” so consumers can work out how much spending money will be required as well as the ability to order currency ahead of a trip. Best Western unveils new To Go application. The service is available on both Android and Apple devices and includes new user experience and navigation alongside access for users to the chain’s Best Western Rewards programme.

Thursday 13 June 2013:

MapHook, the location-based travel journaling solution, recently launched an Android version of its mobile application. The Android version of MapHook offers all of the same great features as the original iPhone app, including the ability to share Hooks via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.

Wednesday 12 June 2013:

Mapquest has launched their Windows 8 app that provides the full functionality of the product: Voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions using GPS, find restaurants, hotels, and attractions, access to recent searches and favorite locations, optimal routes for both driving and walking, live traffic conditions updated every 5 minutes, and Live Tiles update based on current location. British Airways integrates with Apple Passbook. Similar to other carriers which have taken the Passbook step, BA passengers can place their mobile boarding pass into the Apple service and be used in more than 100 airports around the world where BA accepts mobile passes. The pass will automatically appear on the iPhone’s locked screen for up to three hours before departure.

Tuesday 11 June 2013:, India-based OTA has launched its iOS appthat has domestic and international flight section. The company’s Android app has been downloaded more than half a million times. Goibibo also said that they will be adding bus and hotels vertical shortly. Goibibo receives 10% of their transactions via Android and HTML 5 apps.

Tuesday 4 June 2013:

Trekksoft creates white label mobile app for activity suppliers. The software company has developed the Android and iOS-device app so that tour and activity providers can allow customers to search and book products from within a smartphone. The app also lets users group tours by location or type as well as using the GPS functionality to pinpoint the nearest activity to the handset.

Bibafly extends flight crew social network service to Android phones. The platform (more here) lets crew members organise their diaries, layovers and communication with colleagues and peers, as well provide information on things to do in a destination.

Previous roundups:

DEVICES – Product news, launches and more – May 2013

NB: Mobile map image via Shutterstock.

Original author: Tnooz
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