BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site*, today announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that it is, after Google Earth, the world's most downloaded travel app, according to download data for 2011 provided by app research company Distimo.
The TripAdvisor app was downloaded an average of 25 times per minute in January 2012 and has now surpassed 15 million total downloads of the TripAdvisor app across all platforms and devices in 20 languages, making TripAdvisor the global go-to resource for mobile travel planning.
TripAdvisor has also announced its new HTML5 cross-platform tablet app, now available in the Android marketplace. This free app features a clean and simple interface, making it an easy way for travelers to access the millions of reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor. Travelers can see a list of top ranked hotels, restaurants, attractions and more in a destination and use filters to make quick comparisons and choices to meet their travel needs.In addition, recognizing that over 50 percent of travelers intend to use their phones to find hotels, attractions and restaurants near their current location, TripAdvisor has launched a widget for the Android app, which loads a page on your mobile desktop to always show the nearest hotels, attractions and restaurants to where you are. "TripAdvisor is focused on delivering the best experience to travelers on mobile and tablets and we're delighted to see that TripAdvisor is the most downloaded travel planning app in the world," said Nathan Clapton, vice president of mobile partnerships at TripAdvisor. "Mobile is a key initiative for TripAdvisor and we are constantly innovating with partners to develop features for mutual benefit." Other TripAdvisor Cross-Platform App Features: Map-based Browsing Travelers can conveniently zoom in on an area for more details about the destination they are researching. The app also allows travelers to identify other nearby hotels, restaurants, and attractions for those looking to plan a complete itinerary.