Google updates mobile search to improve your ability to find a good steakhouse

Google updates mobile search to improve your ability to find a good steakhouse
Google has spent quite a bit of time improving the web-search experience on mobile phones. Their latest tinkering just rolled out - an improvement to how results are displayed for local places. If you search for a restaurant you will get the usual map of locations and a list of places with their averaged rating and contact buttons, but click on one of them and the real improvements show up.

Once you click on a promising-looking restaurant or business and you are pushed darn near instantly to a page that has most of the information available, include the address (and distance from you), hours of business, an “at a glance” description, and links to making reservations and (in the case of restaurants) a link to their menu. Continue scrolling down to start seeing reviews.

Want to compare your first pick to other nearby restaurants? Rather than having to go back to the main list, you can just swipe left and right to move between the pages for each business. How smooth this is depends somewhat on your connection speed, but on WiFi or LTE it almost felt like using a native app as you swiped between results.

The new location search does feel particularly tailored to restaurants, and we expect that searching for local grub is one of the most common types of place-searchers that mobile users do. But the overall experience is great no matter who you are searching for, and shows that a well-executed web experience really can challenge a native app for responsiveness and usability.

Android and iOS users should see this rolled out worldwide already, so next time you’re on a business trip, whether in London, Rio de Janeiro, or Chicago you can give Google's improved locations search a shot to discover some good eats.


source: Google via The Verge

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11 Comments

1. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

When I went exploring Portland last year to look around and see about moving there, google was really handy to have on my Droid X to find local sites, eateries and nav directions on how to get to places in that big and complex city for a small town boy like me was a big help Now armed with a Galaxy Note, im ready for even more exploring later this year!

7. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Portland is a great place to live. Lived there my whole life and Portland and the area surrounding it is worth it. Hope it all works out for you!

8. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Why you move away? Also, is the weather really as bad as I've heard?

2. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

mmm steak.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Such an exciting update. Couldn't use the browser for that at all. Plus people with Android phones tend to be of lower incomes. I doubt many could afford the luxury of a steak.

4. Robert235

Posts: 70; Member since: May 30, 2010

sounds like a iphone user,we android user are smart enough not blow $500 a year over igarbage,have fun with your safari browser and mediocre phone.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

At least the iPhone can last two years unlike a typical Android phone which would be lucky to last six months.

6. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

.....Can't tell if trolling or just stupid.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The truth stings.

10. Borrie69

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Your twisted and retarded view of life and the world isn't considered truth. Granted in your small mind where unicorns and pixie dust exist it is the truth, but for those of us who do hold some form of intelligence know that what you are saying is a load of horse s**t.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

you mad bro?

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