Scan the Skies with the All-Flight Skyscanner app for Windows Phones
Now THIS is an App I’ve been looking for on Windows Phones for sometime – An Official Skyscanner App. For those of you who have never heard of Skyscanner, it’s basically one of the best websites on the internet because it compiles all the cheapest airline fares from the web into one easy to read (and use) page. Yes it’s basically like an alternative to Kayak.com or even Exepedia.com, but one this we’ve noticed is that they seem to have to cheapest fares around, and they give you a few different options to fiddle around to find the optimum flight for you. I’ve found flights on Skyscanner which weren’t even showing on individual airline sites (sort of like a hidden fare).
Skyscanner is more of a Middleman thought because it does eventually redirect you back to the individual airline websites but like we said before it finds fares you cant’ find on the site by yourself. The great news is that you can now use Skyscanner on the go if you have a Windows Phone 7 device, and it’s called All-Flight Skyscanner. Furthermore, it’s made by the same folk who brought you the amazing Cocktail Flow (probably the best looking app right now) and App Flow apps, so chances are it’s going to be good (and we can confirm it really is very nice).
The entire app is layed out very nicely and it oozes Metro throughout as you can see in the picture above. While the color scheme is a little average for us, the functionality is certainly beyond average as it’s fast, fluid and get’s you what you want (maybe color choices next guys?). Furthermore, apart from the usual price searches, an exclusive WP7 feature is that you can pin a flight search (this was a little tricky to find, you have to pick a flight and airlines before you can pin it) and the live tiles will update hourly with the price of that flight. You can of course pin a few flights (and yes the currency is changeable) to get the best option. Not a bad app if we don’t say so ourselves and it’s a winner in our books because it works and does the job while looking nice. So what are you waiting for? Head on past the Press Release below and get downloading! (It’s free too!)
Press release: New From Skyscanner
Skyscanner launches app for Windows Phone
Monday 12 December 2011
The free app will be available to download across all Windows Phones, including the new Nokia Lumia 800.
In addition to allowing users to search millions of routes on over 1000 airlines to find the cheapest flights in seconds, the app also lets users track prices of selected flights with the unique ‘Live Tile’ function of Windows Phones. Users can pin selected flights to their start screen and the prices automatically update every hour.
Barry Smith, Skyscanner Director of Mobile commented:
“With almost 5 million downloads across iPhone and Android devices, the Skyscanner app has been extremely popular with mobile users and we’re very excited to be bringing it to the Windows Phone platform.
“The unique ‘Live Tile’ feature, which is exclusive to the Windows Phone app, is expected to prove very popular in allowing users to pick a flight and monitor the price as it automatically updates.”
Nick Hedderman, Head of Consumer Marketing for Windows Phone UK at Microsoft commented:
“I am delighted to see Skyscanner on Windows Phone. Not only is this yet another great brand within our Marketplace, the team at Skyscanner have built the app to take advantage of the unique features of Windows Phone, such as using a Live Tile. Consumers will find using the Skyscanner service effortless.”
Keith Varty, Head of EDX from Nokia added:
“Skyscanner is a fantastic addition to the ever growing range of apps hitting Nokia Lumia smartphones – a welcome consumer favourite that saves time, money and effort for our users.”