Property search site Hotpads launched on Friday, April 8, 2011, a free real estate application for tablets running on the Honeycomb version of Google’s Android platform.
The new app allows users to search for for-sale homes, rentals, and hotels nearby or at a location they specify, filter their results, view listing details and photos, save favorite searches and listings, share listings via email or Facebook and contact an agent directly from the app. In map view, users can navigate the map on one screen while keeping a listing page open.
Last week, HotPads released an iPad app which received more than 1,100 downloads so far. The HotPads site is closing in on 4.5 million monthly users, 10 percent of which are accessing HotPads from mobile apps, according to company spokesperson Paul Gleger.
HotPad’s Android tablet app has the same features as the iPad app but more new features are expected for the Android tablet app because of the Android platform’s flexibility.
The app’s next update will include HotSpots, a color-coded map tool launched on the HotPads site in February that allows users to compare listings on a cost-per-bedroom basis. The new feature is expected to be available for the Android tablet app by the end of Friday or on Monday.
Right now in the battle of iPad vs. Honeycomb, iPad is winning due to the large number of apps available in the market. HotPads’ lead mobile software engineer Keith Sanders said that last month, there were 65,000 iPad apps to Honeycomb’s 100.
The Android operating system is predicted to account for 49 percent of the smartphone and tablet market by 2012.