There has been back to back good news for Android users in the country as compelling applications roll out one after the other, adding value to Google’s phone operating system.  burrp the “dine, wine and hangout” listing website and Cleartrip, the online travel agent have launched their respective Android apps.

Currently, the burrp app filters restaurants, cuisines, bars, cafe, gyms and spa and events across 12 cities including Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, Gurgaon and 8 other cities.

The burrp app (link) is compatible with Android v2.2 and above can be used to view menus, pictures, reviews, upload and share pictures through Facebook, Twitter, SMS by other burrpers. The app also gives one-click access to one’s favorite listings and events.

I compared the features of burrp’s app with Zomato (link). Both apps let users discover restaurants, browse menus, pictures, check ratings and reviews of all restaurants in your city.  Both are also location aware  and recommends restaurants around your current location.

While searching for places in a particular area, the burrp app offers map, which is pinned with all those joints in that area, and Zomato gives GPS coordinates for 52,000 restaurants in India.

For the most parts, both apps offer similar features and undoubtedly help foodies to find places to eat, hangout and about upcoming events. As burrp also lists gym and spas and shopping places, it provides information in these categories too.

As of now, Zomato has more than a lakh downloads and it would be interesting to see how burrp will perform in coming months.

Feedback to the team : There has to be a way to clearly differentiate between restaurants that offer veg-only/non-veg menus?

Do give burrp’s app (link) a spin and let us know what you think in the comment section.

Cleartrip arrives on Android, no service charges on train booking through app

After launching an app for iPhone and Windows, online travel agency, Cleartrip has launched its Android app offering its entire suite of products. The new app (link) allows users to book train, flight tickets as well as hotels on the go.

Train tickets booked through the app will not be charged for the service, making the tickets cost same as booked through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation.

To book trains ticket through Android app, users have to make sure to connect the IRCTC and Cleartrip accounts.

Cleartrip Android app features

– Reserve train tickets on the go

-Book flights (international and domestic)

– Make payment using credit and debit card including net banking.

– Hotel reservation over 113,000 hotels across the globe

– Access trips and bookings on Android enabled phones

– One touch flight booking

– Quickeys, the feature enables users to access hotel deals for same day check ins

Earlier Cleartrip had launched its mobile application for windows phone (link) and iPhone (link) respectively in May and August this year. Windows app enables users to search select and see previously booked  flights/trips on the go, while iPhone app offers expressway, payment options including other features.

Unlike the Android app, Windows and iPhone apps launched by the Concur backed company does not support train and hotel booking. In April, the online travel agent added cab services to its offering. The service lets Cleartrip consumers book cab along with flight tickets.