TramTracker is one of the most used apps on my iPhone... and I imagine that's the case with most public transport-dependent Melburnians wielding iOS devices. Now Android users can make use of the handy program -- released natively for the platform this week -- with a few additions prompted by customer feedback.
Yarra Trams pushed out a press release on Thursday to announce the app's arrival and to highlight the fact it's not a straight port of its iPhone sibling:
"tramTRACKER Android is the result of extensive customer research, prototyping and field trials," said Prashanth Mullapudi, IT Business Analyst with Yarra Trams. "It’s an app built by passengers for passengers," he said.
"We collected feedback from our customers and comments in online forums about what people like and don’t like about the iPhone version. We did customer research and testing to bring a new design and added features to the Android version of tramTRACKER," he said.
The release then goes on to mention the features of the Android app, mixing in the new with the familiar:
- Enhanced messages and alerts for disruptions or service updates
- Next three trams for each route with the ability to hide or expand your chosen route
- myTRAM -- predicting the arrival time of each tram at your chosen stop
- Favourites with customised routes and stop names (eg. work, home)
- A choice of preferred stop view -- map or list
- Search feature for stops with shelters for when it is raining
- Display of nearby train, tram and bus connections
- Information about attractions and points of interest on the tram network
It's kind of nice to know "attractions and points of interest", but it's not something I can see myself using very often (if I had an Android device, of course).
You can grab the app from Google Play -- at 1.8MB and a price of zero dollars, there's not much to lose giving it a go.
TramTracker [Google Play]