CHICAGO, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today launched its all-new mobile application for the Android platform, offering customers innovative new features, smoother functionality and an improved touch-friendly design that enables travelers to access information more quickly and easily. The new Android app, available at united.com/mobile, follows United's redesign of the mobile app for the iOS 7 platform, which the airline launched last year.
United optimized the mobile app for KitKat, the newest Android operating system. The app, which is available for the latest generation Android devices, updates its most popular mobile tasks and introduces new features for Android users, including:
- Travel cards for mobile boarding passes, MileagePlus cards, United Club cards and other frequently used information that customers may display on the home screen and easily swipe through.
- Travel wallet, which holds relevant information, including upcoming reservations and flight status notifications, in a single location and enables customers to use a simple swipe and save details to the home screen.
The new mobile app also includes all-new features unique to the Android platform, including the ability to rotate the screen, stack multiple boarding passes and utilize a new home screen widget. Similar to the iOS 7 version, the new mobile app for Android enables customers to view seat maps more clearly, purchase Travel Options and book award tickets on multiple flights.
"We are intensely focused on providing customers the digital tools that ensure they have a smoother, faster travel experience," said Scott Wilson, United's vice president of merchandising and ecommerce. "Our all-new mobile app and other digital upgrades offer travelers the information they need where and when they need it throughout their journey with United."
Last year, United introduced its mobile app for Windows Phone 8. The airline will continue to update its mobile apps regularly and expects to launch more features on the popular iOS 7 app later this year.
United has also redesigned its airport check-in kiosk screens, offering customers better functionality and more ways to ensure a smooth travel experience. This summer, the airline will begin to introduce its all-new united.com website, providing customers a simplified, cleaner and consistent user experience across the airline's customer-facing digital channels.
In 2007, United became the first U.S. airline to introduce mobile boarding passes, and it is the first U.S. carrier to offer mobile boarding at all of the domestic airports it serves. United currently offers mobile boarding at 55 international airports, more than any other U.S.-based carrier.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of more than 5,300 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents. In 2013, United and United Express carried more passenger traffic than any other airline in the world and operated nearly two million flights carrying 139 million customers. United is delivering a more flyer-friendly experience, offering more premium-cabin flat-bed seats and extra-legroom, economy-class seating than any airline in North America. In 2013, United became the first U.S. global carrier to offer satellite-based Wi-Fi, including on long-haul overseas routes. The airline also features DIRECTV® on more than 200 aircraft, with more live television access than any airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and, in 2014, will take delivery of 35 new Boeing aircraft and welcome 28 new E175 aircraft to United Express. Business Traveler magazine awarded United Best Airline for North American Travel for 2013, and readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the Best Frequent-Flyer program for 10 consecutive years. Air Transport World named United the Eco-Aviation Airline of the Year Gold Winner in 2013. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 195 countries via 26 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
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