Yelp finds you food on Android

Frequent Yelp users will be pleased to see a Yelp for Android app take its place in the Android Market on Monday.

Yelp on Android
Yelp

Frequent Yelp users will be pleased to see a Yelp for Android app take its place in the Android Market on Monday. Be forewarned, however, that the app contains the minimum services from Yelp.com in this iteration.

There's the usual search for restaurants and businesses nearby, which Yelp sniffs out using GPS or cell tower triangulation. Results records include ratings, reviews, and photos you can view from the phone. You can click or press a button to call the business. There's another button to map the location to a movable Google map, and this version thankfully includes our favorite new feature--a link to pop open directions in a browser from your current location to the business.

Yelp on Android lacks many of the interactive program features that are present on the iPhone version, including the ability to contribute your own photos and tips. We'll presumably see more functionality in future editions. For now, Yelp is read-only on Android phones.

Residents of the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland can download Yelp for free from the Android market.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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