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Delta updates its Android app with better international, seating features

Delta Air Lines today announced version 2.1 of its official Fly Delta Android application, adding new features directly related to getting your butt in the seat and the plane on its way. Most important is that you'll now be able to purchase Preferred Seats (ie aisle and window seats, as well as...
BA app

British Airways relaxes electronic device rules

Devices may be used after plane leaves runway under new rules From July 1, British Airways will change its electronic devices policy after landing, allowing smartphones, tablets and other gadgets to be used immediately after the plane leaves the runway, reports BBC News. Under the existing rules...
Gadgets in flight

FAA expected to relax ban on gadgets on takeoffs and landings

Don't expect to make phone calls, though, even if e-readers and tablets approved for takeoff and landing You might no longer have to worry whether you shut off that gadget as your plane takes to the sky. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Federal Aviation Administration -- in part to...
Airbnb

Airbnb adds new host tools, calendar management

Approve, deny and request information on guests right from the app In an attempt to bring its Android app up to parity with the features of the iOS version, Airbnb has added a few new features that should make the experience of setting up travel arrangements a bit easier. The main focus is on...
TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor refines interface, adds currency switching

Higher emphasis on photos improves the browsing experience TripAdvisor is refreshing its Android, iOS and mobile web experiences today to bring the entire platform together with a revamped interface. The new design makes it easier to find places and plan trips, with a higher focus on photos. The...
Ask the Pilot

Actual pilot downplays theoretical takeover of an airline by way of Android app

Could an exploit via an Android app really hijack a plane? Not so, says a prominent pilot/author Finally, some sanity. After many a blog post this week re-reported Help Net Security's "Hijacking airplanes with an Android phone" piece -- in which security consultant and pilot Hugo Teso apparently...
Boingo

Boingo, AT&T sign deal that gives access to Wifi worldwide

You'll need to already have an AT&T roaming option on your plan, though Boingo today announced a deal that will give the former access to the latter's Wifi hotspots at locations worldwide for no additional charge. AT&T customers already have access to Boingo hotspots in major...
Google Translate offline

Google Translate app updated with offline support

An update to the Google Translate app for Android is going out today, adding support for offline translations for fifty languages. It's a big upgrade for Google Translate, which until now has required an internet connection. (We all know how expensive international roaming can be.) The new version...
Google Flight Search

Google Flight Search now available in Europe

Previously limited to journeys starting in the U.S., Google Flight Search is making its European debut this morning. Starting today users in UK, France, Italy, Spain or the Netherlands can use Flight Search to compare trips to the hundreds of supported destinations. As well as searching the most...
Android Inflight Wifi

Gogo: Airborne Android use up 400% in two years

If you're using in-flight Wifi on a plane over the United States, you're using Gogo's ground-to-air Internet service. And today the provider dropped a few statistical tidbits our way. The broad strokes are that 26 percent of smartphones connecting to Gogo's service are Android, with the rest...
Indian Rides

Indian Rides: get ready for the return of Indian Motorcycle

Indian has been around since 1901, and they're getting ready for a re-launch of the Indian Motorcycle brand in 2013 by releasing the Indian Rides app. While the app is branded by Indian, you don't have to be an active motorcycle rider to take a look at this app though, as it has a little something...
Fly Delta for Android

Delta updates its Android app with v2.0 makeover [DYKWIA?]

Airline still lacking a proper tablet app, however A bit of good news tonight for those of you who a decent amount of time at 35,000 feet. Delta has updated its Android application to Version 2.0, just a couple weeks after it dropped for iOS. With it you'll get a brand-new user interface, as...
Travel

This week's sidebar poll: Are you traveling with your Android device this holiday season?

This time of year plenty of people are away from home, visiting family or friends for their respective year-end holidays. We understand travel around these parts, because so many of us do it so often. We also know that having the right device and the right apps make it a much better experience....
Android Central

Expedia Android app updated with flight booking

The Expedia travel app for Android has been updated so that you can book flights. Previously, Expedia only allowed hotel booking on mobile. The UI has a really nice fresh coat of paint, with some cool transitions and visual effects depending on how you're moving around the app. For example, the...
Android Central

Google Maps Street View dives under the waves

Do you ever have that moment where you're scuba diving in the south Pacific, and you're wondering "Was I supposed to turn right at the coral reef to get back to the resort, or keep swimming straight?" It happens to me all the time. Luckily Google, as ever, has us covered. The Google Maps team has...
Tripit

Tripit adds push notifications for travel alerts

Tripit -- which continues to rank as one of our top must-have Android apps for anyone who travels -- received an update of note this morning. For Android phones, it'll now push notifications when you have travel alerts (if you have Tripit Pro). That's a big deal. Also, it's now easier to add or...
Gogo in-flight internet

Gogo going to get your Android device online overseas in 2013

Here's some good nerd news for you road warriors who fly outside the U.S. Gogo has signed a deal that will bring in-flight Wifi to flights over portions of the Atlantic and north Pacific, and over Asia, South America, Africa and Australia. That means you can drag out the laptop if you want, but it...
Gogo Android app

Gogo inflight Wifi coming to Canada next year

We're more than a year out from when we actually need to write this post, but whatever. When it comes to Canada, our motto is better get while the gettin's good. (At least that's what our Canada motto would be, if we actually had one.) Anyhoo. Gogo, the company that brings you that sweet, sweet...
Android Central

Google buying Frommers, should fit nicely with Zagat

Google's already helping you find out where to go -- now it's going to help you get there. Publisher Wiley & Sons has agreed to sell the travel publication to Google for an undisclosed sum, the Wall Street Journal reported today. It isn't clear what el Goog will do with Frommers -- it could be...
FlightTrack Free

FlightTrack offers free version with new design; paying customers have to wait

Some news out of the Mobiata camp today. FlightTrack -- which long has been one of our go-to travel apps -- now has a free version, with a beautifully revamped design. If you've previously purchased FlightTrack, however, you'll not see the redesign just yet. Included in the free version of the app...

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