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Housing launches web app Housing Go for mobile

Real estate portal Housing has launched Housing Go, its mobile website based on Google's Progressive Web Apps standard that lets developers build mobile websites that behave more like native apps. The web app is live on both Android and iOS. According to Housing, new features include caching that lets users access the site when offline, the ability to place a shortcut to the website on the home screen, and push notifications when the browser is closed. Note that Housing has been quick to adopt technologies to better its interface in the past - in February 2014, the company had launched a ‘New Project’ segment for publicizing properties with a 3D map interface and in November the same year, it launched an interactive home booking platform called Slice View. Housing funding: In April, Housing raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Vineet Singh, the co-founder and CEO of Buildzar, an online portal for buying construction material. In January, it had secured Rs 100 crore in funding from Softbank to drive its new strategy and growth plans. In December 2014, it raised $90 million from Softbank with participation from Falcon Edge and other unnamed investors. Uber tie-up: In April, Housing partnered with Uber to let its users take a cab to visit home listings on the property portal, from within its iOS and Android apps. When users identify a property they’re interested in, they’ll be shown a “Get there with Uber” with multiple Go, X or other cars. The app confirms the…

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