Google+ is homing in on wherever you are to help you find a place to go out to eat.
Debuting today is Google+ Local, a feature for the tech giant’s social network that will be available both on mobile devices and from the desktop, according to Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president for local, maps, and location services. Mayer was speaking on the CBS This Morning show. (Disclosure: CNET is part of CBS Interactive.)
The new service is designed to give users restaurant recommendations based on their location. For example: If you search “Pizza in Miami”, Google+ Local will bring up both formal business listing as well as write-ups. Mayer put in a plug for Zagat’s, the restaurant guide service now owned by Google — as well as reviews and photos from friends in a user’s Google+ Circles.
In fact, Google’s announcement of Google+ Local basically boils down to two words: friends and Zagat’s.
The new service isn’t limited to Google+, however. It’s being surfaced across Google’s search and maps offerings, too. Here’s how you can find it:
From the new “Local” tab on the left-hand side of Google+, you can search for specific places or browse for ones that fit your mood. If you click on a restaurant, or a museum (or whatever), you’ll be taken to a local Google+ page that includes photos, Zagat scores and summaries, reviews from people you know, and other useful information like address and opening hours.
Google+ Local is also integrated across other products you already use every day. If you’re looking for a place on Search or Maps, you get the same great local information there too.
It’s available first on Android devices, but it is not yet available on iOS devices such as the iPhone. Goggle says it will be available soon on those devices.
And there will be more, the company promises: “Today is just the first step, and you’ll see more updates in the coming months.”
“Your phone knows where you are,” Mayer said. What gets her excited for the future, the morning show’s hosts asked? Her response: “This is an amazing local-mobile-social moment.”
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