Have you ever booked a hotel or restaurant and arrived only to be disappointed by the neighborhood it’s in? If so, TripAdvisor added a new feature to its iPad app today that can help you steer clear of similar situations in the future.
Today we announced the launch of Virtual Tours on the TripAdvisor iPad app, a new feature that uses augmented reality technology to give you a virtual walk through of your travel destination. The feature superimposes place names, along with TripAdvisor traveler ratings for hotels, restaurants, and attractions, over Street View from Google, allowing you to truly get the lay of the land in your travel destination.
The new augmented reality feature enhances TripAdvisor’s popular iPad app, which has already reached the top spot for free iPad travel apps in more than 50 countries. You can access the new functionality by clicking on the Street View icon for hotels, restaurants or attractions. In addition, you have a wealth of other helpful travel planning features at your fingertips with the app, including:
- TripAdvisor’s more than 40 million reviews and opinions for hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Travelers can even add their own reviews while their experiences are fresh.
- “Near Me Now” functionality, so travelers can determine what hotels, restaurants and attractions are nearby.
- Unique map-based browsing, giving travelers the lay of the land in their travel destination.
- The ability to find cheap flights using the award-winning TripAdvisor Flights search engine, and compare airline fees using its Fees Estimator.
- Access to the TripAdvisor forums, where users can ask questions of their fellow travelers and receive helpful feedback.
- Traveler photos of hotels, restaurants, attractions and destinations.
The TripAdvisor iPad app is available for free in the Apple App Store in 18 languages and 26 countries. For more information about TripAdvisor’s mobile offerings, including our apps for the iPhone, Android, Nokia and Palm smartphones, please visit http://www.tripadvisor.com/mobile.
Are there any other features you’d like to see added to our mobile apps? Let us know in the comments section!