Who hasn’t bought a consumer electronics product which turned out later to be defective? After launching a Web site aimed at keeping product warranties readily at hand, Warranty Hotel has just released an accompanying Android OS app, with first-time Apple iOS support planned for two weeks from now.
As an alternative to cramming reams of warranties into your brick-and-mortar desk or filing cabinet, Warranty Hotel lets you store all of these documents in a single space online, said Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen, company founder and CEO, in an interview at Pepcom’s Digital Experience in New York City.
Warranties are much easier to find that way when needed, because your Warranty Hotel account is searchable, according to Nielsen.
The Web site also lets you add product information, notes and comments to your product warranties, and you can email warranties as gifts so that the pricetags are invisible. While Web site access to Warranty Hotel is free, the Android app costs 99 cents.
Running the new Android app on a tablet, Nielsen showed how you can use the app to locate nearby stores where you can redeem a warranty. On devices with phone capabilities, you can also call a store from directly within the app.
If there is a Warranty Hotel code printed on your receipt, you can simply activate the code online to save the warranty info to your account. Otherwise, you can upload the receipt.
On iOS, Warranty Hotel intends to support both iPads and iPhones.
Meanwhile, despite the impending readiness of Microsoft Windows 8 tablets, Warranty Hotel wasn’t the only vendor at the Digital Experience press event making sure to have apps available for both iPads and Android OS tablets. While showing off newly added “user profile” capabilities in the existing iPad version of Doodle.ly, co-founder Evan Vogel told TabletPCReview that the first Android edition of the socially enabled doodling app is due out this fall.
“We’ll start with Android tablets,” Vogel noted.