Find food from your phone

Yelp's version of its business review site for Android phones is developing apace, but it's still behind the iPhone app in terms of what it can do.

Yelp's version of its business review site for Android phones is developing apace, but it's still behind the iPhone app in terms of what it can do. There's the usual search for restaurants and businesses nearby, which Yelp sniffs out using GPS or cell tower triangulation. Results records include ratings, reviews, and photos you can view from the phone. You can click or press a button to call the business. There's another button to map the location to a movable Google map, and this version thankfully includes our favorite new feature: a link to pop open directions in a browser from your current location to the business.

Yelp on Android now lets you upload pictures from your Android phone, and lets you share Yelp's business listing with others over SMS, e-mail, Facebook, and other third-party apps you may have installed on your phone, like a Twitter service. As a third addition, you're also free to sign in to your Yelp profile from the smartphone. These changes may seem like small potatoes at first--you still can't add your own rating, write tips, or review a place from the phone--but they reverse two of our complaints. We expect future versions to include drafting a review for later publishing, and bookmarking a business.

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