Since TriOut launched the iPhone app back in December one of the most asked questions was when will TriOut have a native app for Android and other mobile platforms. While we haven’t launched a native app yet, this past Thursday during the TriangleTweetup, TriOut founder Lawrence Ingraham @LawPower made two announcements bringing TriOut closer to having a native app for other platforms and helping TriOut Android users have a better experience.

The first announcement was the launch of the TriOut API. The API provides methods to interact with our system, pulling location information, providing check in for your users, pretty much anything you can find in the TriOut system will be available. With the launch of the API we’re excited about the possibility of other apps being by developed using the TriOut platform such as a new iPhone app and/or Android App. The TriOut API was also used for inclusion with Check.in and you can see full documenation at http://api.trioutnc.com/

The second announcement was the launch of the new mobile experience for Android and iPhone users at http://mobile.TriOutNC.com. The new mobile experince is an HTML5 web app built with the new API. With http://mobile.TriOutNC.com it brings an entirely different look and feel to TriOut and focuses on a faster check-in experience, a better way to see your friends activity, finding nearby places, and upcoming events. The new app also supports check-in awards/badges, access to your messages and soon you’ll be able to update your settings all from the web app.The mobile app works great for Android users and although it’s not a native app we think it’s pretty darn close. Here are a few screenshots of the app.

New TriOut HTML5 Mobile Webapp - mobile.trioutnc.com

New TriOut HTML5 Mobile Webapp - mobile.trioutnc.com

New TriOut HTML5 Mobile Webapp - mobile.trioutnc.com

Here’s what one Android user tweeted about the new mobile app.

@ReginaTwine @triout mobile.trioutnc.com is an html5 site that runs really well on my Droid.Mon Jun 07 01:48:45 via Seesmic

For Blackberry and Palm TriOut users, you can still check-in by using: http://m.TriOutNC.com

We’re very excited about the API and the new mobile web app as our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to “Explore the Triangle”, check-in, post reviews, and see what your friends are up to. Thanks for the support and let us know what you think in the comments.

What are your thoughts on native apps vs web HTML5 apps for checking in?

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