Android helps Manet create a useful new resource for hotels
The idea behind Manet is to provide guests staying in accommodation such as hotels, bed & breakfasts and holiday homes with a smartphone. Unlimited international calls and 4G access are included. This takes away any issues with Internet connection and roaming costs. The phone can also be used to stay in touch with accommodation owners, who can share news, information and offers. Developed on the Android platform, the smartphone helps tourists enjoy their stay even more through in-built GPS geolocation and 7 specially-designed apps, as well as Internet access and the phone call function. The venture has gained support from key partners, with 4 Android specialists and 6 additional members of staff now being hired. “The openness of the platform and the vast size of the developer community immediately convinced us to use Android,” says Antonio Calia, the CEO of Manet. “We have more than 1,000 devices in use every month, with 10,000 unique monthly users,” he adds.
“Using Android means we can develop other partnerships and explore new applications, such as home automation and payments.” Manet’s aim is to expand globally and to make the device an essential part of every hotel room.