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Zipcar app for Android drops the beta tag

Android-toting Zipcar users can finally access the car-sharing service from their smartphones.

Zipcar app for Android drops beta tag with version 1.0 release
The Zipcar app for Android drops its beta tag with a version 1.0 release. Zipcar

After almost two months of beta testing in the Android Market and almost a full two years since the iPhone version was first demonstrated, the Zipcar for Android application has been updated today with a bright, shiny version 1.0 release.

Those who checked out the beta or have spent time with the iPhone version won't notice much difference in this official release, but the company states that the app is now faster and more efficient than the beta version. Zipcar for Android will let members of the car-sharing service search for cars by location and vehicle type, reserve vehicles, and even interact directly with a reserved vehicle by locking and unlocking the doors or honking the horn from within the app. Non-members can browse the available vehicles in their area, but can't reserve a vehicle without first applying for membership on Zipcar's Web site. Application cannot be handled from within the app, but there's a handy join link that will take you where you need to go.

Zipcar for Android is compatible with Android devices running version 2.1 (Eclair) or higher and is a free download in the Android Market.