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Google Places hits iPhone & iPod Touch

Google Places hits iPhone & iPod Touch

Google has launched a new location-based app for the iPhone, enabling users to rate businesses and eateries in their area.

Available to download now free of charge, Google Places harnesses your smartie’s GPS functionality to grab your location. Once it’s got that, you’re presented with thumbnail images of establishments taken from Google Streetview, along with write-ups from the likes of Zagat and composite star ratings.

Naturally, you can add your own reviews, with the app using your preferences to serve you with similar venues that you might like to visit.

And in keeping with most modern apps, Places has got a social networking facet too. Dubbed Hotpot, this aspect of the tool enables you to see your chums’ recommendations too.

Writing on Google’s official blog, Hotpot engineer Greg Blevins stated: “Places with Hotpot not only helps you find places near where you are, it gives you the best places to go for you by personalizing your search results.”

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