Some, (actually, most) people prefer native apps over a great mobile website, so it’s time to shine the light on the 4RoadService Breakdown Directory Mobile Apps.
Android devices are the mobile workhorse of the trucking industry, and while we would prefer you’re rolling instead of looking up repair vendors, when you do need some truck repairs 4RoadService for Android is there.
Recent Android highlights include:
12 updates in 2016, and we’ve already released an update in 2017.
Maps of search results
Error Reporting and Vendor Suggestions from within the app, (and thanks to anyone that submitted reports or suggestions – you rock!)
Lots of error fixes, because the last thing you need is a broken app when you’ve got a broken truck.
Apple seems to rule the world, so it’s only appropriate to have a world-ruling iPhone app. That’s why 4RoadService for iPhone, (the original Truck Repair Locator in the App Store), got a complete rewrite in 2016, just in time for Christmas, with some snazzy new features:
Find truck service near you with one tap and your phone’s GPS.
Save your favourite repair companies to your phone.
Report problems & suggest new repair shops from within the app.
See repair shops on a map.
While both our Android and iOS apps are great, there’s so much more that we can, and will do with them. Keep your auto-update turned on and check the release notes to keep up with the latest tricks we add to your phone.
4RoadService.com is always being updated & improved, but this week we have some updates that we would like to share.
Improved & Faster City Location Data
We have cleaned, merged, sorted, imported, beautified, and turbocharged our location data for cities, added several thousand more cities to our database, and improved the accuracy of the location of most cities, (over 60,000 of them)! Cities with multiple spellings have been merged, but old spelling and abbreviations are still recognized, so if you need Truck Repair in Eighty-Eight, KY, you can type “88 ky” “Eighty Eight Kentucky” or any combination of those into the search box and we’ll find it. If ever you search for a city and can’t find it, let us know, and we’ll add it, (Twitter & Facebook work too).
Several non-cities that had worked their way into our data-set, (mostly because they have their own ZIP codes), have been removed, so no more suggestions to search near the city of “Dept of Human Resources!”
Even with all the improvements, the auto-suggestion for cities has been sped up. That’s right, we made it faster.
Android App Update Roundup
A new version of 4 Road Service for Android went live late last week. This new version supports searching by ZIP or Postal code in addition to using your phone or tablet’s GPS or searching by city, so if you need a tow in 90210, you can find it on your Android device. Previously, but not announced here, the app was updated to let you suggest new service providers and report problems with listings – so use the orange buttons in the app to let us know who we’re missing!
Truck Repair Service Locator is completely re-written as a native Android app for Android Phones and Tablets. Features include:
Search for road service near your current location, (using the phone or tablet’s GPS)
Choose a city where you need service.
Choose a location on a map to find service nearby
Save your favourite service providers
Show the service provider’s location on a map
1-Tap calling: Phone a service provider by tapping it’s phone number
Share a service provider’s contact information with other drivers using Android’s built-in sharing, (great for dispatchers to E-mail repair information to drivers, or the other way around!)
Truck Repair Service Locator is not an upgrade of our old Android app, it is a completely new app that must be installed from Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. Install it today so it’s there when you need it.