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Even the app Gardens of Lake Como has been updated and is now available on Android!
In addition to the Android version, 13 new points of interest of the province of Lecco have been added, which together with the 37 ones of the province of Como already included, bring to 50 the total of gardens reviewed.
Since the earliest releases of the app it was evident that the most important villas and gardens of the east branch of Lake Como were missing.
So now, thanks to this territorial marketing initiative by the Chamber of Commerce of Como, in collaboration with the two provices of Como and Lecco, the app becomes really complete.
Although less complex than the app about the Rationalism, both from a technical point of view and for contents production, the Android version required an accurate testing phase.
According to recent data, there are about 19.000 different devices using Google’s mobile operative system, compared to the relatively small family of devices with Apple’s iOS.
To be more specific, the app currently supports 95% of the devices listed in Google’s Developer Console, which means 7571 out of 7971.
The press release of the Chamber of Commerce of Como, included in the press-kit, also reports some data about the downloads, which aren’t bad for a thematic app among the many available in the “Travel” category of iTunes.
I personally met each of the managers and owners of the gardens of Lecco and with them I reviewed the text describing the gardens. To say the truth, I was a little surprised to know that some of them didn’t know the other villa-gardens reviewed for the app, so I hope that this project could help them to meet and build a network, other than being a useful guide for tourists.
The care and passion with which they work daily inside their gardens is actually more difficult to put into words. So I’d like to invite you to browse the app and visit the gardens when you’ll get the chance, maybe during the next spring flowering.
Some of the opening hours and ticket prices have been already updated for the 2015 season, such as with Villa Carlotta, while the rest will be updated later.
To paraphrase the motto of Expo 2015, “feeding the planet”, I hope that even culture, as food for the mind, will be among the main themes of the milanese event.
It’ll be an important event, during which the Lake Como area will be able to show off its “beauty” also thanks to thematic apps about the gardens and the Rationalism.
The tour about Rationalism in the Province of Como has been updated and is now available also for Android!
After the release of the iOS version last year, together with the Culture Department of the Province of Como, we asked ourselves how we could improve the audio-guided tour dedicated to the rationalist buildings located in the Lake Como area.
Then we came up with different complementary actions: new contents to complete the tour of the so-called “rationalist district” of Como, the Android version of the app and an audio podcast.
The new contents include buildings designed by the architects Gianni and Enrico Mantero: the headquarters of the Industry Workers Union, the headquarters of the Lario Rowing Club and the Balilla House with the adjoining Sinigaglia Stadium.
Again narrated in italian, english and german by voice-talents Luca Grandelis, Garth Kennedy and Birgit Röhricht.
With the Android version we satisfy the request of the people using a smartphone or tablet with Google’s mobile operative system, which now rules the market in terms of share.
The podcast completes the digital offering and was designed for tourists and locals without a compatible device on which to download the apps or prefer this simple and easy tool.
The effort in order to support old and new devices, both with iOS and especially with Android, has been considerable, but we’ll release small updates and some news before the next spring, when Expo 2015 will begin, together with the many cultural events related to it.
Last but not least, a personal and sincere thanks to my collaborators and to the Culture Department of the Province of Como, since this project allowed me to appreciate the rationalist treasures of my town that I didn’t know so well before.
Apps and podcast are free, download them!