PRICELINE.COM : Chooses Skyhook Location Engine To Enhance Its Hotel Negotiator App for Android
01/31/2011| 09:05am US/Eastern
the world leader in location positioning, context and intelligence,
today announced that Priceline.com
(Nasdaq: PCLN), publisher of Hotel Negotiator - one of the most
popular free travel apps for finding and booking hotel rooms - has
integrated Skyhook's Location Engine in its Android app to augment the
native location system in Android.
The Hotel Negotiator app for Android lets travelers use their
Android devices to quickly find and book last-minute hotel rooms at
up-to-the-minute current published prices. Or, for deeper discounts of
up to 60%, they can bid on hotel rooms using priceline.com's Name Your
Own Price® hotel service. Hotel rooms can be booked up until
11:00 p.m. ET on the night the room is needed. To get the free app,
launch the market on any Android device and search for ?priceline.?
?Hotel Negotiator is designed for on-the-go travelers who need
last-minute hotel rooms,? said John Caine, senior vice president of
marketing at Priceline. ?In fact, early data showed that 35% of our
mobile customers were within a mile of the hotel they eventually booked.
Consequently, it's very important that travelers can trust the app to
identify their current location quickly and accurately, and provide them
with the best local lodging options. Skyhook provides that needed level
of location accuracy and will allow us to build further enhancements
into our Android app.?
Hotel Negotiator makes booking especially easy and convenient for
travelers. Imagine being stuck on an overnight flight layover in a
strange city. You're exhausted, the last thing you want to worry about
is where to spend the night. Hotel Negotiator can help you locate and
book a local top-rated hotel quickly and easily at the best price.
?Reliability and speed of a location result is critical for an app like Hotel
Negotiator,? said Ted Morgan, founder and CEO of Skyhook. ?Skyhook
technology enables Priceline's app users to know precisely where they
are in a town and where their best hotel options are located. We believe
the highly accurate location information provided by Skyhook will
significantly enhance the overall experience and satisfaction among
Hotel Negotiator app users.?
About Skyhook, Inc.
Skyhook is the worldwide leader in location positioning, context and
intelligence. In 2003, Skyhook pioneered the development of the Wi-Fi
Positioning System to provide precise and reliable location results in
urban areas. Today, Skyhook's Core Engine provides positioning to tens
of millions of consumer mobile devices and applications. For more
information visit www.skyhookwireless.com.
About The Priceline Group of Companies
The Priceline Group of Companies (Nasdaq: PCLN) is a leader in global
online hotel reservations, with approximately 61 million room nights
booked in 2009. The Group is composed of four primary brands –
Booking.com, priceline.com, Agoda.com and TravelJigsaw. The Priceline
Group provides online travel services in 38 languages in 100 countries
in Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
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