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Airbnb takes down its experimental Trips app for Android

Engadget logo Engadget 18/08/2016 Mariella Moon
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Airbnb has pulled down an unreleased app it was testing from Google Play shortly after people caught wind of its existence and what it can do. The experimental application represents the future of the company, you see, one that goes beyond vacation home rentals. While the test wasn't open to the public, a Bloomberg report revealed that travelers will be able to use the app called Airbnb Trips to book restaurant reservations and even city tours. If it can truly offer everything you'll need when you go on a trip, then it has the potential to become an essential companion for jetsetters and frequent travelers.

TechCrunch asked the company about the app, but company spokesperson Nick Papas only said: "We're continually experimenting with new things and we don't have anything to share right now, but we have a few exciting things in the works."

Airbnb has been planning to offer services other than rentals for quite a while now, so Trips didn't exactly come out of left field. While you can't get a glimpse of the app on Google Play anymore, you might only have to wait a few more months to be able to use is. Bloomberg believes that Airbnb will officially launch an Android and an iOS version during its annual conference in November. That's the same conference where the company is expected to reveal a new program that gives homeowners an opportunity to make some extra cash by offering guided tours to their guests.


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