Zagat

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Zagat is a business based on a simple premise that opinions of customers with real experiences are far much better than those unfiltered comments of a few.

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Zagat was launched in 1979 and since then it has worked to help users find the best places in the world ranging from unknown noddle shops to the most famous restaurants across the world. It is the most trusted and accurate source of discovering of the best places to eat and drink.Over the years, Zagat has won applause all over the world . The Associated Press has called Zagat “the world’s most influential travel and food guides,” and The New York Times: “a necessity second only to a valid credit card.”

In September 2011, Google acquired this service. Google picked the famous site with the view to collabrate the power of Google search and Google maps and Zagat’s products and users and bring a innovation trust and wealth of experience to users. Google integrated Zagat into Google+in May 2012 via the Google+ Local app .Since then the first major update to this website and accompanying it with mobile apps has been done recently. The most important thing in this upgrade is that now Zagat content is available to all users free with no registration required. According to group product manager Gannon Hall “ the new Zagat features news and videos from local editors , as well as curated lists , powerful search and map based browsing”.

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Google has tried to absorb Zagat scores into Google Maps and local search results. But still we know that without Zagat brand these scores are of no importance or less importance. In this new app we can search for places but search is indeed largely de-emphasized. Discovery and “curated” content are front and center:’best of’ lists and editorial roundups are the star.Google hopes this new app will compete better with Yelp which is holding advantage over Google maps because of its content depth.

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In advance of its expansion, the company will soon make existing ratings and reviews available on Zagat.com. Last week, however, Google said the iOS version of G+ Local would retire on Aug. 7 since all of the app’s features have since been incorporated into Google Maps.The updated Zagat mobile app is available now for free download in the Google Play store and the Apple iTunes Store.

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Google Maps Apps

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Google maps for mobiles was started in 2005 , when google launched a java based application “Google map for mobiles”. It was develops to run on java based phone .On Nov 28 , 2007, another apps “Google maps for mobile 2.0” was launched. It was able to work on GPRS or without it.My location was used to determine the current user location with the help of GPS/assistant GPS location of mobile device.Wireless location method is calculated by discovering the nearby Wifi hotspots and using their location property.The order in which these take precedence is:

GPS based services

WLAN , Wifi based services

Cell transmitter based services

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In Nov 2008 , the services was available for the following platforms:

Symbian OS

Android

ios

Windows Mobile

Symbian OS

Blackberry OS

Palm OS

Palm webOS

Playstation Vita system software

Google maps apps

On November 2009 Google maps Navigation was released in association with Google Android OS 2.0 Eclair on Motorola Droid , adding voice commands , traffic views and street view support.In march it was announced that google provided map to almost 150 million users.On Dec 13 , 2012 Google Maps was launched on ios app store.Google Maps has many of the features that are in their Android map application, including turn by turn navigation , street view, and public transit information. More recently on 16 july 2013 a stable release of google apps was launched .The size of this applications is 11.6 MB . The newly designed Google Maps app for Android devices, iPhone, and iPad makes navigating your world faster and easier.