Google has launched a new local recommendation tool for the latest Maps for Android application.
Named Hotpot, the tool combines information from Google Places' collection of over 50 million locations around the world, local reviews and user recommendations to better tailor a person’s search results.
“With Hotpot, we’re making local search results for places on Google more personal, relevant and trustworthy," Google project manager Lior Ron said in a blog post.
He said that Hotpot will offer users recommendations based on a their own preferences, as well as on those of their friends. It will also allow users to directly update ratings on the go from Mobile Maps for Android.
"Your recommendations are with you whenever you need them. In search results, you can see recommended places by using the new Place Search and clicking on the “Places” filter. You can also see recommendations when searching on Google Maps, Google Maps for Android or when checking the Place pages for a specific business,” Ron added.