Eventbrite for Android takes the popular event discovery and registration website and ports it to smartphones as a free app. Like the website, Eventbrite for Android (also available on the iOS platform) makes it extremely simple to find concerts, networking events, and cultural happenings in your city, sign up for them, and purchase tickets if necessary. There are a few minor niggles—you can’t view registrations and ticket purchases that you made with different e-mail accounts, you can’t create events, and there’s scant venue information—but it’s an app which social butterflies should have in their mobiles.
Eventbrite for Android has two main browsing sections: Discover and My Tickets. Discover is where you land when you first boot up the app. The location-aware Eventbrite displays a list of upcoming events in your area using large, eye-catching, vertically stacked panels which you scroll through to find something of interest.
Tapping a panel, say New York City’s The Governors Ball Music Festival 2013, opens the event listing. You can view a description, event hours, distance from your current location, and a Google Map image. I liked Eventbrite’s provided information, but Yelp-like venue photos would help complete the experience.
You can streamline Discover searches with the Around Me and This Weekend filters. Around Me helped me dig up events near my home which included a cookout and a cystic fibrosis fundraiser. This Weekend showcases only those events falling on Saturday and Sunday—extremely useful for those who work traditional Monday-Friday schedules. Both Around Me and This Weekend let you sort events by distance, price, and date to further fine tune events. Unlike the Eventbrite website, Eventbrite for Android doesn’t let users create events.
Event Registration and Ticket Purchasing
The registration process begins once you’ve found an intriguing event. You simply tap the big, green Register/Get Tickets icon (the label will change depending on whether the event is free or paid), select the number of registration/tickets using the drop-down box, and bring a finger to the Register/Order Now button. This initiates the checkout process in which you must input your name, email address, and credit/debit card information (if purchasing tickets) within a 15-minute time frame. If you don’t complete the purchase within the allotted time, you lose the held ticket and will need to begin the process anew. You can also invite Facebook friends to events by tapping the Facebook icon and selecting a buddy.
My Tickets is where you can see all of your event registrations and ticket purchases, past and present. To view them, simply sign in with your pre-existing account credentials or the ones you created upon checkout. Some registrations come with barcodes so you can use your phone as a ticket instead of physically printing one out—very convenient. You can also add the event to your calendar or contact the organizer via email. The one drawback? Eventbrite doesn’t support multiple account logins. This makes things a bit frustrating for people like me who use Eventbrite for both professional and personal reasons. The ability to switch between accounts would be a welcome addition.
Welcome to the Party, Pal
If you already use Eventbrite on a regular or semi-regular basis, downloading this app is a no-brainer. If you have no experience with the site, download the app anyway—it’s a solid tool for discovering cool happenings in your area. Small flaws aside, Eventbrite for Android is an app that belongs in your Android arsenal.
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