Real Estate Platform Trulia Debuts Android Tablet And Rentals Apps

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Real estate search engine Trulia is expanding its mobile offerings today with a new Android tablet app as well as an Android app devoted specifically for rentals. The company already offers comprehensive iPhone, iPad, Android and mobile web apps that feature much of the functionality of the site.

Trulia’s Android tablet app is similar to the iPad app in that it uses the full screen to display property photos and a large, interactive map with properties. Unique to Android, the app allows you to view property slideshows on the tablet’s entire screen. You can also see where restaurants, schools and other points of interest are in relation to homes for sale or rent and access the agent’s contact info for the property.

Because rental information is such a desirable portion of Trulia’s business, the company is launching a dedicated app for this vertical. As Trulia explains, renters generally operate on a much shorter timeline than house hunters, so they need to move even more quickly and have real-time access to properties that may only have a brief window of time-on-market.

The app shows rental properties in your area, and you can save or nix properties via the apps. Color-coded “markers” will show you what properties you’ve yet to view vs. previously viewed properties. You can also add your own photos and notes to properties as you tour them and access search alerts for recently listed properties from the app.

The company says that it is also developing for the Amazon marketplace and intend to be in the Amazon app store in November. Trulia, which is profitable, has raised $32.8 million in funding. Last year, the company acquired geodata startup Movity, and traffic has been steadily growing over the past year.