Movie rental company Redbox announced today that it has launched a new Android application that will allow its customers to look through available titles, find one of its kiosks around the U.S., and reserve films from the app. In addition, it updated its iPhone app to make the software more responsive to users when they rent movies. The app also now supports box art.
The Android application works with phones running platform 1.6 and higher, and is available as a free download in the Android Market. It allows users to browse titles at nearby kiosks and reserve them instantly. The iPhone 2.0 application features movie box art and loads up to 50% faster than the first version.
“The free redbox Android app and upgraded iPhone app provide mobile users an interactive portal to view and rent new release movies from any of our more than 26,000 locations nationwide,” said Gary Cohen, senior vice president of marketing and customer experience, redbox. “Our online and mobile tools instantly connect consumers to our retail locations nationwide, delivering real-time access to inventory at any location from virtually anywhere.”
If you’re without a compatible smartphone, you can still browse and reserve up to five movies online, using any web browser on a PC, smartphone or tablet, via Redbox’s newly redesigned web site. Redbox users need a valid credit card or debit card to rent movies. A list of Redbox locations is available on the Redbox website or you can text “redbox” to 50101 from any mobile phone.
In addition to service improvements in the mobile business, Redbox recently updated its Web site to aid customers in picking films they want to watch. Customers are able to reserve up to five films at a time before they head down to their local kiosk to pick them up.