Moments ago at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, we officially announced the launch of the Zillow BlackBerry App for Research in Motion’s BlackBerry smartphones. The launch of this new app — along with our apps for iPhone, iPad and Android — means more than 90 percent(1) of U.S. smartphone users can now access Zillow’s rich real estate information on more than 100 million properties anytime and anywhere.
We’re very excited to bring the Zillow mobile experience to one of the country’s largest smartphone bases. We first launched the Zillow app on iPhone in 2009 and have been expanding ever since. Today, home shoppers on iPhone, iPad and Android log 32,000 home views per hour. That’s nine home views per second.
The location-based Zillow BlackBerry App will be just as useful. The app uses GPS technology to find and follow users on an aerial map. It displays Zestimate® home valuations, homes for sale, homes for rent, Rent Zestimates, Make Me Move listings and recently sold data on nearby homes. Additional features include multiple search filters; full-screen color photos of homes; and other home-related information.
With this launch, real estate agents will also have access to the app used by so many of their clients. Fifty-nine percent of agents tells us they use their smartphone to preview for-sale and for-rent properties with clients on the go.(2) Among real estate agents, the BlackBerry (36%) and iPhone (22%) are the top two smartphone brands.(3)
We’re very excited today to be expanding the Zillow mobile experience to BlackBerry. Many of our fans have asked us to bring our transformative mobile experience to the BlackBerry platform, and we’re thrilled to give them this option today.
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(1) According to the comScore MobiLens January 2011 Mobile Subscriber Market Share report.
(2) According to a February 2011 Zillow survey of site users.
(3) According to a 2010 REALTOR Technology Survey Report.