Airbnb gets a bit more cyber: introducing our new Android app and mobile site

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Do you remember back when we resolved to become easier to get in touch with?

Resolution accomplished.

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our new Android app and redesigned mobile website. That’s right. Roam if you want to; Airbnb will be there.

We were incredibly proud when Apple featured our iPhone app as one of the best travel apps of 2011. We’re bringing the same attention to detail and delight to our new app, with an Android twist.

You’ll be able to browse, search, and book properties in a flash. And we’ve included our popular “Tonight” feature, which ensures that you’re never stranded without a place to stay. In addition, you can browse through our curated Collections for inspiration, access your important trip details in your Itinerary, and check out detailed user Profiles.

Hosts will be able to instantly message guests, upload photos of their spaces, create special offers, and keep calendars up to date.

You can download the app – as well as our award-winning iPhone app – from our mobile page.

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For our Android app, we could have just cut-and-pasted from our iPhone app. But that’s not how we roll.

We realized that this was an opportunity to rethink how the app could work – from an Android point of view. We tailored the design, user experience, and underlying code from the ground up. We wanted using the app to be as seamless and joyful as using our website.

Our community spans the globe. We should be available to everyone, at any time. That’s why in addition to creating the Android app, we’re launching a fully redesigned mobile website. You’ll be able to easily access important Airbnb.com features from your smartphone, regardless of platform. We are here for you – 24 hours a day, every day.

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Here’s the TechCrunch interview with our mobile developer, Andrew.

We can’t wait to hear what you think. Happy roaming.

(And, as a little bonus for those of you who read all the way to the bottom of this post – here’s an insider view on how we made our original iPhone app. Hope you enjoy it!)

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  1. Veronica Wong

    I can’t log in via the mobile site (says password invalid)

  2. Vivek Wagle

    Hi Veronica – could you contact us at http://www.airbnb.com/contact?

  3. Veronica Wong

    Will do, thanks!

  4. Jeremy

    Finally!! I was so annoyed there was no android app, so thank you!Also, I’m really glad you guys applied the same design principles to your android app as you do for your iphone app.If more people took the care in crafting their android apps as they did their iphone apps, the android OS would be a much prettier place.Thanks again!

  5. Lori-Vancouver BC Superhost

    Wonderful news…congratulations on a well thought out app!If I were to get a Nokia X7, would I be able to download your mobile app?Looking forward to your quick reply as I’ll be ordering my new phone today:)Keep up the good work!

  6. Vivek Wagle

    Hi Lori. You can access our mobile site via your Nokia, but because Nokias do not run on the Android operating system, the app will unfortunately not be compatible with your phone.

  7. Brent W. Hopkins

    Android app description mentions photo upload capability, but I don’t see it anywhere in the app. Would be useful for creating a listing.

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    amazing share, love it.