Google released "Hotpot" - a local recommendation engine for Google Maps, and Maps on Android that helps you discover places you'll love based on opinions from you and your friends. Here's how to get the benefits of Hotpot:
- Google Places are the 50 million places around the world with rich details.
- Places you like - When you rate places you like, Google will tell you about other related places you'll love.
- Places your friends like - Share your ratings with your friends and see places they've recommended. With Hotpot, you can see their recommendations when planning trip on Maps, or when using Maps or Places for Android.
Combining these three ingredients makes the task of choosing where to go easy; just use use Hotpot rating app: quickly rate all the places you've been to and choose your friends you want to invite to Hotpot. Then, when you're visiting places, you can continue rating on the go from Mobile maps on Android.
Your recommendations are with you whenever you need them. In search results, you can see recommended places by using new Place Search and clicking "Places" filter. You can also see recommendations when searching on Maps, Maps for Android or when checking Place pages for a specific business.
You can set a Places nickname when you start using , so you control how you post your ratings. That way, only your friends will be able to see your real name.
- Rate places on the go from your mobile phone using new rating widget designed. Install it from your homescreen by going to Menu > Add > Widgets > Rate Places. You can also post ratings and reviews directly from any Place page.
- Get personalized recommendations — Your ratings will personalize your search results by customizing them according to your tastes. Even better, when you add friends to mix using Hotpot on your computer, your ratings will point them in the direction of the best.
iPhone user will soon have a Places app that allows you to rate and get place recommendations as well. Alternatively, you can rate and get place recommendations from your phone browser (iPhone and Android) in the US. Just visit Places tab at google.com as we roll out over the next day.