Mobile

Google Earbuds With Real-Time Translation Aren’t Much More Than a Gimmick

Google Earbuds With Real-Time Translation Aren’t Much More Than a Gimmick

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The future you're promised is never the future you get. Google is touting artificial intelligence-powered translation capability as a transformative feature for its users, but it's really just an impractical repackaging of existing technology.

6 days ago

Video: Facebook Chief Creative Officer Thinks Virtual Reality Is a Low Priority

Video: Facebook Chief Creative Officer Thinks Virtual Reality Is a Low Priority

Hannah Sampson , Skift

It's not surprising that the chief creative officer of Facebook thinks travel companies should get smarter about using — and ostensibly advertising on — Facebook products. But he also adds insight on why mobile is so crucial for travel companies to master and why virtual reality is less important.

6 days ago

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From Limited Access to Multiple Touchpoints: The Future of Mobile Engagement

From Limited Access to Multiple Touchpoints: The Future of Mobile Engagement

Travelport + Skift

Brands need to deliver the right information at the right time to the right device in order to succeed with today’s travelers. Those that are engaging with customer touchpoints throughout the entire travel journey are the ones making the most impact.

1 month ago

14 Apps to Calm Your Travel Mind

14 Apps to Calm Your Travel Mind

Sean O’Neill, Skift

Permanxiety is now a sad fact of life. But you may be able to stress less if you lean on a handful of smartphone apps that can help you avoid health risks, security threats, and other potential travel snafus.

1 month ago

Loyalty-Program Fatigue and What to Do About It

Loyalty-Program Fatigue and What to Do About It

Caroline Bremner, Euromonitor International

Personalization and mobile tools will allow loyalty programs to create more compelling offers for their members in coming years. The most important advances, however, may originate outside of the travel industry.

2 months ago

Airbnb Was Most-Installed Travel App in September

Airbnb Was Most-Installed Travel App in September

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It looks like Airbnb is experiencing a huge upswing in mobile adoption. But traditional search engines and social networks are still driving consumers to travel sites on desktop, too.

2 months ago

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Mobile and the Next Wave of Digital Disruption: A Look at the Future of Traveler Experience

Mobile and the Next Wave of Digital Disruption: A Look at the Future of Traveler Experience

Travelport + Skift

The travel providers that are leading the new engagement economy we now live in are the ones adding value, removing friction, and offering customers seamless and relevant solutions throughout the entire travel journey.

2 months ago

U.S. Business Travelers Embrace Technology but Also Fear Its Impact

U.S. Business Travelers Embrace Technology but Also Fear Its Impact

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

U.S. business travelers want the technology tools to make their trips easier. The rest of the world, however, doesn't necessarily see technology as the solution to service problems.

2 months ago

How the iPhone Changed the Way We Travel for Better or Worse

How the iPhone Changed the Way We Travel for Better or Worse

Colin Nagy, Skift

The hardware and evolving software on the iPhone removed friction for travelers in immeasurable ways. It also created friction. The iPhone beckons us whenever we have an idle moment, forcing us to miss some of the things that make travel, particularly solo travel, so beautiful.

2 months ago

HotelTonight Outlook — Travel’s Best and Brightest Have a Say on Its Prospects

HotelTonight Outlook — Travel’s Best and Brightest Have a Say on Its Prospects

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Most of the travel brainiacs we consulted feel that HotelTonight has an uphill battle ahead, but as they say in baseball, that's why they play the games. In other words, maybe they're wrong, and HotelTonight will have the right stuff to persevere. The entire travel industry is watching.

2 months ago

Travel Habits of Americans: Gen Xers Lead Hotel-Mobile Bookings Among U.S. Travelers

Travel Habits of Americans: Gen Xers Lead Hotel-Mobile Bookings Among U.S. Travelers

Dan Peltier, Skift

It's not a tsunami, but it's been clear for some time that the tides are turning: Skift's data show 23 percent of U.S. consumers who booked a hotel in the past year used a smartphone to do so. The waters – or mobile hotel bookings – will only keep rising.

3 months ago

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It’s Time to Close the Gap Between Corporate and Leisure Travel Tools

It’s Time to Close the Gap Between Corporate and Leisure Travel Tools

Sabre + Skift

Leisure travel has seen increased technology capabilities in recent years, but managed travel still lags far behind. Using an integrated tool that incorporates mobile experiences found in the leisure space can help close the gap to improve traveler satisfaction, drive adoption, and increase savings.

3 months ago