I have such a conflicting relationship with Google. On one hand, I despise the search giant for being what I believe to be the most evil company in Silicon Valley. On the other hand, I love their idea that the web should be accessable via the browser, not through an application like Apple believes.

This being said, Google updated the way their mobile website looks on iOS devices. If you go to m.google.com from your iPhone, you will now be presented with a landing page similar to the one above. You can obviously search like you normally do, but you can also easily search for restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and more near places you. I gave it a quick try and I have to admit that it is absolutely brilliant…

Tap the Restaurants icon for example, and Google will ask your permission to use your location. Let it do its thing, and Google will give you a bunch of restaurants around you, with links to their website, contact info, ratings, and of course reviews pulled from various sites.

While the concept isn’t new, the implementation is very original. As you scroll down through the results, the map will be updated in real time to show the location of the restaurant you’re looking at, with a picture of it in the corner.

Unlike Yelp, you can’t filter the search. But you can tell Google what exactly you’re looking for. For example, type in “Italian restaurants” and it will refine the results showing you Italian restaurants only.

I’ve never been a huge fan of the Yelp app because it never gave me a quick visualization of where places are. Google just did that. Next time I’m looking for a specific type of place, I’ll know where to go.

Have you tried that yet? If so, what do you think?

  • truegamefamily

    Nice

  • jared

    i have the same view about google as you i love there idea off the web but nothing much else 😛

  • Andrew

    Why do you think Google is so evil?

  • This is not really the place to discuss how evil Google is but in very very short, they have way too much control over what you see, and do on the web. They are the biggest Big Brother out there, and no one seems to care yet.

    I predicted before that within the next 5-10 years, Google will be one of the most hated companies in the world and will get a very bad rap, just like Microsoft used to have in the 90’s.

    • Andrew

      They do have a lot of control, but that in itself does not make them evil, does it? Do you feel they are doing evil things with their control/power?

      You must really think the government is evil!

    • Cameron

      Google is good, they don’t abuse the power they got like Apple

    • Paul Turpie

      That doesn’t seem to be a very well thought out opinion. Microsoft were hated because their early product were crap, and they behaved badly, not because they were big. Google are very big they haven’t done much that could be considered evil, unlike say facebook.

  • numbnuts

    noticed this a couple of days ago and thought iDB had missed it lol 🙂

  • Night

    Google = Umbrella corporation