Monthly Archives: February 2012

Explore Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore with our new Android metro maps

We’re excited to announce that our metro map apps are now available for Android phones and tablets! Explore Shanghai, Explore Beijing and Explore Singapore are available now for FREE on the Android Marketplace.

You can download the apps from the Android Marketplace, just click on the relevant icon below to go straight to an app.

Explore ShanghaiExplore BeijingExplore Singapore


Features in the first version include:

  • Up to date map with all the latest lines and stations for 2012
  • Legend for each line
  • English/Chinese version (based on device language)
  • Route planner with times and prices
  • Audio station names (Shanghai/Beijing)
  • First/last train times
  • Link to Google Maps for street maps
  • Nearest stations (uses GPS/Wifi)
  • Help section

Here are a few screenshots!


There are a few features that we haven’t included yet, since we wanted to get version 1.0 out as soon as possible. Once you have installed the app, we would love to get your feedback.

  • Were there any problems or crashes?
  • Are there any features that you think should be added?

Love it? We’d also appreciate it if you could give us a good review on the Android Market (and tell all your Android-using friends)!

Hate it? Please email me directly at android at exploremetro dot com or leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to assist with any problems.


Looking for the iPhone/iPad versions of our apps? Please see our iPhone apps page.

ExploreMetro is coming to Android!

Update: our apps are now available

ExploreMetro has been providing Asia’s best metro maps since 2007. In 2009 we launched our first iPhone app, giving you access to our maps on the go, and we now have iPhone and iPad apps for seven cities.

Today, we’re delighted to announce that we’re hard at work developing apps for Android devices too! While we don’t have an exact release date yet, we wanted to get the word out and share some early screenshots! The ExploreMetro apps will run on phones and tablets running Android 2.2 or higher, including new “Ice Cream Sandwich” Android 4.0 devices. We’ll include all your favorite features from the iOS versions, like English/Chinese station names, routeplanner, nearest stations, offline support and more.

Here’s a screenshot of Explore Shanghai running on the Samsung Galaxy Tab to whet your appetite!

If you’d like to be the first to know when ExploreMetro Android is ready, sign up to our Android mailing list via

The Joy of Six: introducing Explore Hong Kong 6.0 with Octopus Card support, top tips

We’re proud to announce that Explore Hong Kong is the fifth of our award-winning subway maps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to reach version 6.0

Version 6.0 includes support for showing prices with/without Octopus Card in the routeplanner.

With version 6.0 we re-wrote the map code from the ground up to be faster. The app now loads quicker, and zooming in and out should be smooth, even on older devices.

The other big new feature is tips.

Ever wondered what points of interest are close to a subway stop? Now you can tap on any station, then tap on Tips to see what’s nearby. Tap the thumbs up button on any tip which you find useful.

You can also view a list of the newest, or most popular tips for the whole city.

And if you know a great local restaurant, attraction or a clever shortcut, you can add your own tip:

Explore Hong Kong 6.0 is a free update for existing users. Not got Explore Hong Kong yet? Download it now from the iTunes App Store.