Google recently announced that the Android Market will now be known as Google Play. We’ve received a great response from the community about our new Android apps and we thought we’d share some of the reviews from Google Play!
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.
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.
We’re proud to announce that Explore Singapore is the third of our award-winning subway maps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to reach version 6.0
Version 6.0 includes the newly opened Circle Line extension with new stations at Bayfront and Marina Bay.
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. And if you know a great local restaurant, attraction or a clever shortcut, you can add your own tip:
You can also view a list of the most popular tips for the whole city.
It’s been a tough few months for commuters in Singapore, with frequent breakdowns plaguing the usually reliable MRT system. Finally there’s some good news for Singaporeans as the long-awaited Circle Line Extension opens! The new link connects the Circle Line with a new station at Bayfront and an interchange with the North South Line at Marina Bay.
The Singapore MRT’s Circle Line new extension will open tomorrow, October 8. The new stations extend the line from Marymount to Harbourfront where you can interchange with the North-East Line. There’s another new interchange at Buona Vista with the East-West Line.
An update for our Explore Singapore MRT map is now available on the iTunes App Store. It’s a free update for all users who have purchased the app in the past! Our online map www.exploresg.com has also been updated with the new stations.
Note this is a beta release – we don’t yet have some information for the new stations, such as first/last train times and journey costs. We’ll provide a new update as soon as we get this information added.
- Shanghaiist has a good round-up of news after the crash on Shanghai’s Metro Line 10. Power failure and human error are said to have caused the crash.
- In Beijing, a new interchange passageway has shortened transfer times at the notoriously slow Xizhimen station
- Singapore’s Circle Line will be extended, with the official opening on October 8. We’ll blog about the changes to Explore Singapore later in the week.
Today, we’re launching a major update to our apps! Explore Beijing, Explore Shanghai, Explore Guangzhou, Explore Hong Kong, Explore Taipei and Explore Singapore have all been updated to version 3.0. This includes new native support for iPad and iPad 2!
We’ve taken the best features of the iPhone/iPod touch experience and redesigned them to work on the iPad’s larger screen. Here’s what you’ll see when you start Explore Shanghai.
Of course, the metro map takes centre stage. You can search for a station with the search bar, or tap on any station for timetables and route-planning:
Notice the “flip” button? A great new feature is the ability to “flip” the screen to see a large Google Map of the station and surrounding area:
Other nearby stations are highlighted. You can also tap the “locate” button to centre the map on your current location.
Because the apps are “Universal” apps, they work both on iPhone/iPod touch (including retina graphics!) and iPad/iPad 2. If you’ve already bought one of our apps for iPhone, you can install it on iPad for free. And of course, updating to version 3.0 is free. Not downloaded yet? Our apps cost just $1.99 on the iTunes App Store: download now!
We’d love to hear your feedback about ways to improve our apps. Do get in touch if you find any bugs or have any suggestions!
Our metro map apps will soon support the iPad! We want to ensure it’s a great experience, so we’ll be optimising the interface to work better on the bigger iPad screen.