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 ride through Uber’s interface.
Real estate news: In the same month, the company launched Housing News section, a news platform for analysis on the real estate sector and to cover breaking news, market trends, legal, home finance, taxation information, expert interviews and lifestyle information.
Recent changes at Housing:
– Earlier this month, Housing appointed Vivek Jain as its Chief Product & Technology Officer (CPO/CTO).
– In July, the company promoted Mani Rangarajan as the Chief Business Officer and in May, it hired Dilip Tuli as Senior Vice President – Strategy and New Business Initiatives and Ashish Laghate as Assistant Vice President – Product.
– In April, Abhishek Anand, Ravish Naresh and Sanat Ghosh, co-founders of Housing, quit the company to start a new venture.
– In March, co-founder Advitiya Sharma quit the company, to startup but was undecided at that time.
– The same month, it appointed Nikhil Rungta as its chief marketing officer.
– In October 2015, it appointed Nandini Mehta as general counsel where she would be responsible for defining the company’s legal framework.
– The same month, it also appointed Mani Rangarajan as its chief financial officer.