Taking an Uber is already a much more enticing option than hailing a cab. One of the things that makes it so great is that it's so amazingly convenient. Uber is almost everywhere, and you can get a lift without having cash on you, or even knowing the local language. All you need is a smartphone.
Now it's about to get even better. Uber is allowing other sites and apps to introduce their own branding and functionality into the core Uber experience, provided the user was directed to it through a deep link or ride reminder.
Uber has already quietly signed up a number of big names, with more undoubtedly to follow.
What's the best way to buoy a struggling airline that consistently ranks lowest among its competitors, is in the middle of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and threatened to fire 11,000 employees just yesterday? Issue every flight attendant with a gadget worth two weeks' salary, of course! American Airlines is proud to announce that they're providing each and every flight attendant with a Samsung Galaxy Note (original), to aid them in quickly and competently gathering passenger data while in the air. American claims that this move is the first of its kind for any airline.
Bitter snark aside, the company's reasons for choosing the Galaxy Note are understandable.
American Airlines began rolling out Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets to premium cabins today, giving premium passengers innumerable ways to pass time on long flights. The initial rollout sounds quite impressive, covering select transcontinental and other domestic flights, and offering 70 movies on top of the Tab's numerous other entertainment options.
In addition to the rich entertainment experience provided by the Tab, First and Business Class customers will have access to Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, which should drown out any distractions for a slightly more pleasant flight.
Overall the addition of the Tab to American's flights sounds great, but Rob Friedman, American's Vice President of Marketing, made sure to note that this is only one of many enhancements offered by American Airlines in a continuing effort to "modernize the travel experience," adding "today’s news is the latest in a series of investments we’ve made in our focus on product and service enhancements for our premium customers, and we know they will be delighted with the contemporary entertainment experience of the tablet."
The initial rollout adds Tabs to First and Business Class cabins on transcontinental flights from JFK to Los Angeles, JFK to San Francisco, Miami and San Francisco, and Miami and Los Angeles, with more flights to be added to the list in the future.
Earlier this year American Airlines released the official version of their app, and to promote it they are launching the "Mobile Million Sweepstakes". One lucky winner will be awarded one million AAdvantage air miles, and one winner each day for 30 days will also receive the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color.
All you have to do to take part in this giveaway is reside in the U.S. and download the American Airlines Android app from the Android Market. Then simply watch the video and register through the pop-up. If you don't own an Android phone, there is an alternative online entry form for you poor misguided souls.