Airbnb has long offered mobile applications for iOS and Android but it has taken its sweet time to come up with one that supports tablets as well. The property rental company has finally released an app that’s compatible with tablets, it brings a magazine-style user interface on both iOS and Android.
iOS users have been able to use the existing iPhone app on their iPads, however the app is displayed in 2x magnified mode and retains the user interface that’s suited best for the iPhone. You can imagine how that looks on the iPad. Many Airbnb users would certainly have been hoping for one that’s optimized for the tablet.
Airbnb says that the new app is actually more than just an app, it calls it a “picture book,” with high-resolution images being front and center as users slip through a magazine-style interface to find properties around the world that they might be interested in renting.
The app features “dual-paned” browsing which lets you view messages and properties simultaneously, and immersive maps provide more information about a listing before you actually click through.
Alex Schleifer, head of design at Airbnb, said “Our tablet apps were inspired by the elegance of magazines and coffee table books.” The updated Airbnb apps for iOS and Android with tablet support will be rolled out later today.