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Capitaine Train For Apple Watch

by Malin Schibler, posted 24 April 2015 | Add comment

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Capitaine Train is now available on the Apple Watch. No longer do you have to stressfully search for your phone whilst making your way to the station. Instead all you need is a quick glance at your wrist and you’ll find every important bit about your trip displayed. We like to think of this as our own locomotive revolution. The Locomotion.

Taming the Apple Watch

Designed by the Californian brand of the same name, the Apple Watch is called a connected watch. Connected to who? Connected to what? Connected to your wrist, physically of course, yet also to your iPhone, since the watch efficiently synchronises the content.

The Apple Watch works hand in hand with the iPhone. From our end, the watch allows us to accompany you throughout your entire journey. We designed it as a second screen, continuing intermittently. A discreet companion on your wrist, which complements our iOS application with all the precise details, yet not in the manner of replacing it.

Instead of displaying a skimpy booking interface on the watch, we have focused on practical real-time information. You’ll see the departure platform of your train displayed 20 minutes before the start of your trip, alongside your seat and carriage numbers. We use the watch to give you the right information at the right time, taking into account the context of your location.

The Watch App in Action

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Real-time Contextual Information

At every moment, the Apple Watch gives you access to two levels of information:

  • The glance that appears when you take a look at the watch,
  • The application itself, which is only displayed when you make contact with the watch

Inline with the context, you will only receive notifications when they are necessary; your wrist will only show you what you need when it’s needed.

Days prior

The connection has been made. As soon as you have purchased your tickets on Capitaine Train, the watch displays your upcoming trips. A glance at your wrist and you know exactly where you are going and when you have to be there.

Day of departure

It’s all walk and no more run from here. Now on you’ll always be leaving on time. A few hours before you make your way to the station, the watch app will let you know exactly how much time you have left to get on board the train. To make sure you don’t get lost on your way, we also provide directions and a small map to help get you to the station. Missing the train whilst travelling has become a thing of the past.

At the station

Capitaine Train will be awaiting you at the platform. We’ve farewelled the gruelling wait at the departure and arrival boards, by sending a notification to your phone to announce the departure platform. If you have a connected watch, this will of course also be displayed on your wrist. At a glance, you are informed and on the right track. Pun intended. The number of your train, your carriage and your seat are all displayed neatly on the screen of the Apple Watch.

On the train

Throughout your journey, you will see the remaining time before arrival at your destination or transfer station. Listening to (and guessing) station announcements is no longer necessary. Just one glance and you know. When it’s time for ticket inspection, fumbling for your tickets or phone can also be forgotten. The barcode of your E-Ticket can be displayed directly from the app on your connected watch. Not only will you surprise the inspector but most likely impress everyone around you. For the grand finale, your arrival platform is displayed on the watch as soon as it becomes available.

Available Today

To use our Apple Watch app, all you need to do is have our iPhone/iPad app installed and updated to the latest version. Don’t have an Apple Watch nor an iPhone? No problems! Try out our Android Wear app instead.

Android Wear: Capitaine Train on your wrist!

by Emiland De Cubber, posted 31 July 2014 | 3 comments

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Tickets and travel information in the palm of your hand. We like to use this formula when we talk about our mobile apps. Now it is truer than ever before. We are the first train travel app to integrate the Android Wear technology. The first in France. In Europe. WORLD-WIDE.

Many thanks to Cyril who developed this new part of our Android experience.

Ready-to-wear

Launched last June at the Google I/O, Android Wear is the Android version of wearable technologies. To date, only two smartwatches exist (with this technology), the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch. Of course, Google plans to extend Android Wear to Google Glass and other wearable devices.

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New superpowers

Since the beginning of our project, we we have been focusing on the train travel experience rather than on ticket booking. These smartwatches are super convenient for accessing your travel information whilst finding your way through the station. Because let’s be honest, it’s not always easy to find your phone when you’re already carrying your bag, your laptop, your snack… And the heavy suitcase of the cute girl which you just met a few minutes ago in the newsstand queue.

Here’s what you can do with your smartwatch:

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Receive a reminder 20 minutes before departure
A small notification will appear, giving you all the info you need to find your seat.

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Present your E-ticket barcode
If you have purchased a print-at-home ticket, you can access the barcode directly on your watch (WARNING: the train inspector might be really amazed).

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Open our Android app from your watch
You can launch the app on your phone to quickly access further travel information and other passengers’ tickets.

To try all these new features, just update your Capitaine Train Android app.

Capitaine Train Now Has an Android App!

by Malin Schibler, posted 26 March 2014 | 3 comments

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12 months of waiting …
5 OS versions and 12 devices tested …
91 995 lines of code (and counting) …
4 823 tweets of encouragement (28 of which were from the same person) …

But now, the wait is over! Our Android app can be downloaded for free on the Play Store.

A 100% Android experience

At the beginning of this project we chose to develop a native Android app to be able to offer you the latest features. It was completely out of the question to essentially ‘copy-and-paste’ our iOS app (which is still awesome though) or worse, simply encapsulate our website into the app.

Our app is compatible with all devices running on Android 4.0 (or higher) and it can be used in portrait or landscape mode. Just to let you know, the design is especially optimised for smartphones.

Take advantage of your favourite features:

  • Find, buy or cancel your SNCF, Eurostar, Thalys, Lyria, iDTGV or iDBUS tickets (the other carriers are still in the process of being added).
  • Create and modify passengers and add or edit all of their reduction and loyalty cards.
  • Pre-book your tickets and keep them safely in your Cart. If possible, we can place them on hold for you so you can pay for them later via the app or on our website.
  • Store and access past or upcoming trips directly through the app.

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Of course we also wanted to go the extra mile and include some Android optimisations:

  • AccountManager & SyncAdapter: we have added Capitaine Train to the account list, so you’ll see it next to your Dropbox, Google, Facebook or Twitter accounts. This allows you to background sync all of your train tickets and other important information from your website user account to the app. Plus, if you have purchased a ticket on our website then it is automatically stored on your smartphone even if the app isn’t open. This is done in a very secure manner of course.
  • NotificationManager: our app will send you a notification 20 minutes before your train departs, which includes your seat and carriage number, departure and arrival time and more.

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This is just the beginning…

Of course our work on this app has certainly not yet stopped. A heap of features are still in development and will be arriving very, very soon (such as the mobile-ticket and seating preferences). If you have any suggestions, questions or you simply want to have a chat about trains, then do not hesitate to contact us at android@trainline.eu We will be happy to hear from you.

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The Capitaine Train App Has Arrived!

by Carl, posted 31 October 2013 | Add comment

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Today we are thrilled to announce that Capitaine Train has launched its first app! You can find it on the App Store.

You can now book all of your train tickets using our easy, fast and efficient application. Wherever you are, wherever you want to go. From the palm of your hand. In seconds.

You can sign in up and start adding all of your personal details in less than a minute.

Mobile and desktop. It’s all in sync.

If you already have an account, simply login in with your existing user credentials and voila! You’re ready to go. You can search for a trip, then save it in your cart via the app and finish the payment later on your desktop computer (or vice versa). Whether it’s adding new passengers, editing discount cards or updating your information; it’s all in sync between the app and our website.

Booking a journey is a breeze. Just pick your departure and destination, search, book and pay.

We have also integrated a help menu with direct access to our support team, so you can get in touch with us without ever leaving the app.

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Releasing this app has been a very important milestone for us. So we’re very proud of our iOS developers Pierre and Nicolas and the hard work they have put in.

We hope to have made your life a bit easier with our app. Allowing our customers to save time when booking their tickets is always a number one priority. So we wanted to present you an app that reflects the same amount of care we put into our website.

Last but not least, please let us know about any errors, issues or suggestions you may have, so you can help us make the the best train ticket booking app available.

P.S. To all the Android users out there; we are currently developing an Android version of our application. We take the time necessary to create the best experience possible for each platform. We don’t believe in average or low-quality services so please be patient with us. We certainly haven’t forgotten about you!

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