Ratings available for shops and hotels
Google has released a major update to its Zagat app for iOS devices, adding an iPad-optimized interface alongside the existing iPhone layout. The discovery guide also offers new content, including ratings and reviews for shops and hotels, along with listings for locations in Charleston and Nashville.
Hiring of Bernardo Hernandez latest Google-Yahoo tansfer
Yahoo has installed a new leader for Flickr, with Google's managing director of product management for Zagat transferring to the company. The addition of Bernardo Hernandez to Yahoo to replace the resigned Brett Wayn is the latest ex-Google employee to take a prominent position in the company under the leadership of Yahoo CEO and early Googler Marissa Mayer.
Update for iOS coming soon, Google Maps for Android updates today
Google has released an update for Google Maps for Android, one which it previously revealed to have a large number of changes, including enhancements to navigation, the main user interface, and new discovery options. The app will also be the first built for Android tablets and iPads, with it appearing in Google Play last night, and soon in the App Store.
Travel products may roll into Zagat ratings
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google will soon close a deal that will see the search giant acquire the Frommer's travel brand from a publicly-owned company. The acquisition -- in combination with Google's acquisition of Zagat last year -- will give the search giant an even greater suite of product, service, and location rating capabilities. The financial aspects of the acquisition have yet to be announced, and the Journal says Google is still looking into exactly how it will roll Frommer's services into its own. A note on Frommer's web site confirmed the acquisition today.
Google may get auto recommended food guides
Google on Tuesday bought Clever Sense, a young startup that had only recently released its first Android and iOS app. The deal supplies the technology behind Alfred, which provides automatic restaurant and night club recommendations based on location and past visits. Exact aims weren't outlined, but Clever Sense co-founder Babak Pahlavan promised that it would "accelerate" the concept of personalized, intelligent local search.
Google acquires Zagat for mobile, Offers
Google made an aggressive leap Thursday with the buyout of Zagat. The deal gives it the pioneering hotel and restaurant rating guide firm for an undisclosed amount. Google was unspecific about exact details but said Zagat would be a "cornerstone of our local offering," according to Location VP Marissa Mayer.