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Smarter road trips with your smartphone

Jul 17, 2013

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With a smartphone, planning a road trip has never been easier. And with a fast, all-in-one Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor inside your device, you'll have everything from superior GPS to quick charging capabilities so you can get where you're going.

Where To?

When planning your trip, you won't need to worry about losing your hotel confirmation for the Hard Rock or your museum itinerary for a day in D.C., because TripIt (by Tripit, Inc. available for Android) will help you organize any and all reservations.


Car, Train or Plane?

Often traveling by land is more cost-effective than zipping down the coast on a jet plane. If it turns out a road trip will save you some bucks, be sure to check out Route4Me (from Route4Me, LLC, available for Android), which chooses the best routes to save extra money for your favorite souvenirs.


Map It Out

Once you've figured out your final destination, don't forget to find a reliable GPS to get there. Take a look at CoPilot GPS (by ALK Technologies, available for Android) which promises to work offline whenever you're driving through a dead zone. When you have access to the network signals, your Snapdragon mobile processor is designed to use its advanced satellite guidance system to access almost double the number of location satellites for quick finding and accurate location-based information. Also check out iExit (from Metrocket Software for Android) with real time updates for necessities such as gas, hotels, rest areas and most importantly, coffee!

CoPilot GPS

Are We There Yet?

Once you're on the road, don't forget to practice safe driving. You might try using the Auto SMS app (by Thein Min Naing, for Android) to set up auto responses for when people try to call or text you. The app will reply with a selection of pre-written messages or you can make your own.  And our Snapdragon BatteryGuru app is designed to help boost your phone's battery life so you can stretch across the country more and plug in less.



When you and your travelling companions are all in need of a break from the Alphabet game or Twenty Questions, check out Stitcher (from Stitcher, Inc., available for Android) for some serious talk radio. With over 15,000 shows, podcasts and live radio, this multimedia app will provide hours of great entertainment.

When stomachs start to rumble, you'll definitely want to check out TVFoodMaps (by Aurora App Design for Android) to check in with some of your favorite reality food show stars for awesome restaurant recommendations. At some point, you're probably also going to make a bathroom stop (or ten depending on who you travel with), but sometimes you may be walking a thin line with what can be called a bathroom. The SitOrSquat: Restroom Finder (from Procter & Gamble Productions for Android), allows you to locate the most sanitary and convenient restrooms.


Destination Ahead

Now that you're almost to your destination, keep a few things in mind that you'll need to do before you arrive. With the Twist - On My Way! app (by Twist for Android), you can let all your friends, family and business associates know how close you are, or if you're running late. You can even request an arrival time if you're waiting on someone else. Once you've calmed your eager parents, you'll probably want to find a place to escape for some down time. With the Hotel Tonight app (from HotelTonight for Android), finding a room to stay at the best price is within your reach.

Hotel Tonight Android app

We wish you happy and safe trails. Let us know what other apps have you used that were helpful when traveling or planning a trip?

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Nattida Samanukorn

Staff Writer, Snapdragon Blog