BEIJING, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 53rd Annual IFA technology trade show in Berlin last week, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. took center stage introducing the GALAXY Gear, the new companion device to the Samsung GALAXY. Qunar Travel was featured as the only Chinese travel application to debut on the new smartwatch. The Android-based technology will allow users instant access to their flight and hotel booking statuses, flight statuses, weather conditions for destinations and group deals from Qunar, the largest Chinese travel platform in the world.
The smartwatch with customized Qunar components includes all the features that have long been popular with users, including special flight deals, flight status checking, last-minute hotel deals and other Qunar mobile specialties. Users only have to turn on their GALAXY Gear to get connected to all the Chinese travel information they like. Travelers will have options to have booking confirmations, flight reminders the day before, flight updates, weather notices, hotel messages, and travel deal recommendations shown up on their smartwatch, based on their preferences. Aside from Qunar push notices, users can also "tap" to directly check the latest progress on their bookings and continue reading synced information on their phones.
"Samsung GALAXY Gear frees users from the need to constantly check their smart devices while maintaining connections. It provides what we call 'smart freedom,' by allowing users to choose how, why, when and where they are connected," said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics.
The newest market report by ABI Research predicts that wearable technology will become a part of mainstream consumption in the near future, estimating that by 2018, there will be 485 million wearable IT gadgets produced worldwide. The new Samsung smartwatch is leading the charge in this market, letting users to live in the moment while staying connected to their Samsung GALAXY devices.
In collaborating with Qunar, the Samsung smartwatch will be able to tap into the largest Chinese mobile travel user-base and database. Currently, Qunar has the most popular travel mobile apps in China, with 43 million activated users by the end of June 2013. Qunar apps connect iOS and Android smartphone users to over 3,000 Chinese domestic flight routes, 60,000 hotels in China, 200,000 international hotels, 20,000 tourist sites, 50,000 travel packages, and supports free taxi-booking services in 26 cities. Qunar apps also supply location-based services that provide a one-stop solution to all travel, dining, lodging and entertainment needs on-the-go.
"We are excited to stay at the technological forefront, and help make travel even smarter and easier for Chinese users in this collaboration with Samsung," remarked Larry Chen, General Manager of Qunar Mobile Business.
About Qunar (Qunar.com)
Qunar, founded in May 2005 and headquartered in Beijing, is the world's most popular Chinese travel platform. According to iResearch in January 2013, its website has around 75 million monthly visits. Qunar's mission is to create and maintain a fun and hassle-free one-stop travel information source for Chinese travelers. The company organizes an enormous amount of travel information, providing instant and thorough searches of flights, hotels, travel packages, group-buying deals and other travel-related information via its website and mobile applications. With its intelligent and avant-garde technology, Qunar helps travelers find travel products of great value and travel information that best matches their needs.
As of June 2013, Qunar's search scope covers around 1250 travel agencies, 125,000 flight routes, over 468,000 hotels, 186,000 vacation routes, 16,400 daily group-buying deals, and many more. Qunar Travel mobile app is the most popular travel app in China, with around 43 million activated users by the end of June 2013. According to CNNIC's "2012 Chinese Online Travel Consumption Report," Qunar has the largest market share of travel mobile app users in China.
Qunar means "where to go" in Mandarin Chinese.