Sometimes when installing random apps from Google Play I run into apps that are great positive surprises and stand out from the masses. In this case this app isn't mind blowing or anything like that, but it is good, simple to use and very much an Android app. I'm talking about Hotel Search HRS app.
But before we delve in, I want to note that I am in no way associated either with the app developer or the company. Many of the comments in this post are based on educated guesses based on the data publicly available.
What made this app interesting was that there seemed to be two of the same apps in the Play Store with different package names, and one of the apps had the postfix "new" in the name. After digging a bit more it became clear that they have had an app before that was very unsuccessful. Unfortunately I was not able to find the previous app anymore, as they've updated the old app to the new version as well, but fortunately AndroidPit still had screenshots of the old app.
Here's how the app used to look like (screenshots by AndroidPit).
|Screenshots by AndroidPit|
The app reviews tell a grim story about the user reception the previous version had.
Some of my favorite quotes from the user reviews:
"the hitler of mobile apps"
"Worst app ever"
"Good for nothing app Worst app ever made"
It also looks like some carrier or OEM has forced this app on phones without allowing users to uninstall it. It just looks bad on so many levels.
New AppFortunately the company behind this app has now taken the hint and understood that what they had simply was not cutting it. They have now created a new app. This time the app is clearly built by a team that knew what they were doing. This must have been a team of designers and developers who understood the Android platform and knew how to build for it. The result is good.
Here's how the app looks like now (or you can try it yourself Google Play link):