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Expedia to release smartphone app to simplify hotel booking

News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday March 30, 2011.

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Expedia, the online site for booking hotels and other travel accommodations, will release an app for the iPhone, iPad, and Android that allows users to book a hotel within four steps by utilizing GPS tracking.

The app, called Expedia Hotels, triangulates a user's position by using the GPS information provided by the smartphone. It then locates nearby hotels and proceeds to allow the user to book a room. Users can search for hotels by price, popularity, rating, or distance. Expedia Hotels will highlight the hotels that have recommended ratings on TripAdvisor.

Expedia Hotels will be free when it is released in the App Store in the middle of April for the iPhone. The Android version will follow at the end of the month, and an iPad version is expected towards the end of the year. Expedia also plans to add airline booking to the app in the future. [via LA Tribune]

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