As readers of my blog will probably already know, there are two technology areas that particularly interest me at the moment: Augmented Reality and Mobile Applications. More importantly, I'm really interested to see how businesses and agencies push these technologies through meaningful and useful application. Obviously it's difficult to refute the popularity of the iPhone Lightsaber application simple through total download, however it's easy to agree that this application doesn't actually serve a useful purpose. One of the most useful iPhone apps I've seen in a long time is the RightMove app.
RightMove, the UK property search and listings website, has just teamed up with Mobile Marketing firm 2ergo, and developed an iPhone app that allows you to use your iPhone's GPS functionality to find properties near your current location that are available to buy or rent. The app is free to download and gives the same full functionality as the website in an easy to use mobile aplication. You can search by address, price, number of rooms etc. and you can view all the uploaded picture as usual. Two additional pieces of functionality that have been added are the the ability to forward the details of properties to other people simply by pressing a button, and a straight forward "Call Me" function that puts you straight through to the letting agent or property owner.
Rightmove already has over 40,000 users accessing its website through the iPhone's, which represents 95% of its mobile traffic.
Miles Shipside of Rightmove, said: "Offering an app was a natural progression and we're delighted to be the first major property company to provide a service of this nature. 2ergo was the natural choice for us due to their mobile marketing and app development expertise."