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Google Places is now Google+ Local! Everything you loved about Google Places and more.
With Google+ Local you can see reviews from your friends, decide where to go with Zagat's summaries of places and review your favorite places.
iPhone, iPod Touch
Category: Lifestyle, Travel
Updated: July 02, 2012
Publisher: Google, Inc.
Version 1.4.3 [7.364715 MB]
Google's Hotpot rolled out to the web and Android in November, but now there's an official app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad — Google Places — to capitalize on the food-finding technology. Restaurants and corresponding reviews are the centerpiece of Google Places, but the app also offers dedicated search categories for coffeehouses, bars, ATMs and other attractions, as well as the option to add your own search catego...Read full review »
Good, but a little broken by jessicadally
I love around me and MapQuest for finding coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores and the like that are, well, around me at the time. Sure, it's not something you'll likely use in your own hood, but when you're travelling having an app tell you where to find a pharmacy and a coffee shop close by is invaluable. I'd expected to like Google's Places even more than the other two apps but on first look I realized I liked the others better. Here's why. Some time ago (as in a whole lot of years ago) there was a pizza place on the corner by my house. It's not been there for about 5 years as it's now a Chinese restaurant. And as you're likely guessing already, Google Places shows that it still exists. Obviously I know it doesn't since it's about 4 doors down from me but were I travelling, in a less than desirable neighborhood or in an area with few options this kind of error could be seriously problematic. When I'm in San Francisco for example I'm often on foot and I can't imagine how cranky I'd be if I'd walked half a mile in the dark only to find a place was closed. Obviously if this place closed last week we'd be having a different discussion... that would be understandable, but this place hasn't been around for years and for Google to still show it is just simply not OK. Sure, it shows that the Chinese place is at the same address but still, I expect a bit more accuracy from a Google product. Not a bad app to have as long as you're not counting on it for accuracy.
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