Google Places Brings Hotpot To iPhone

Search giant Google has added Hotpot, a Yelp-like ranking feature, to its location-based Google Places app for Apple's iPhone.

The app, which can be used to find local establishments like restaurants, ATMs and bars on the basis of their proximity, now offers users to rate and review a place using the newly added Google Hotpot.

This can be accessed by simply clicking on 'Rate Now' from within the app and App users will also be able to read reviews about a particular place from their friends.

"It can be pretty rewarding to discover a new place you love, but we also realise that there are some experiences you just can’t wait to share. So Places makes it super simple to rate a place with your iPhone while you're there," Google explained.

“If you want to make things even tastier, just visit from your desktop computer. Here you can add friends to the mix and quickly rate all the places you already know".

The arrival of Hotpot seems to suggest that Google, which already offers the app on its Android platform, is looking to muscle in on Yelp's 31 million monthly subscribers.