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HotPads.com offers Android app

Property search site has iPhone app in the works

Real estate search site HotPads.com has launched an application for smartphones running Google's Android operating system that allows map-based searches of the sites' 3 million for-sale listings and 350,000 rentals.HotPads' Android application can execute "location based" searches by detecting a user's location using their phones Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite capabilities, or users can enter a property address.Available listings are displayed on an interactive map, with directions to the property available in search results.Users can click on a listing for property details and photos, or call or e-mail the property manager directly from the application. Searches can be saved to conduct searches over multiple sessions.HotPads also has an iPhone app in the works, co-founder Douglas Pope said, "but the Android platform is so flexible and open we wanted to attack it first."HotPads, a 2009 "Webby Award" winner, has nearly 1 million unique visitors p...