Nov 15 AT 10:29 PM Taylor Wimberly 24 Comments

Google Hotpot comes to Android with Google Maps 4.7

What is Google Hotpot? No really, what is it?

Google Maps 4.7 was just published to the Android Market and it included two new features including the ability to “rate places and get personalized place recommendations” and a new “Rate Places” widget for the desktop that lets you quickly rate your current location.

The Hotpot website says it offers smarter recommendations and you can “Start by rating the places you know, good and bad. With each rating, we learn a bit more about your tastes, so you’ll get better recommendations the next time you search.”

Users can also create a friends list which tracks places that others are visiting and rating.

Most of this is so new that it’s not even listed on the official Google Blogs yet. We will continue to explore the new app and report back when we have more information.

What do you think Google Hotpot will be used for? Is this Google’s response to Facebook’s new places and deals platform? It appears to be a Facebook/Foursqaure/Yelp mashup.

Update: It looks like a Googler just tweeted that tonight is the Hotpot launch party in San Francisco. I guess we will be getting more news tomorrow.

Update 2: The Google Mobile blog has a post up now.

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Via: Google Mobile blog

Source: Google Hotpot

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  • http://Website JGarrido

    That’s gotta be a typo, of epic proportions.

  • LukeT32

    App brain isn’t showing the update yet. This is all a sham. :)

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I found it on AppAware first. They are my favorite discovery service because I get to see real-time app installs and updates.

  • http://Website Mark

    Hotpot? Mmm. Asian food.

  • http://Website Anthony

    The beginning of the “social layer” that is Google Me?

  • Clark Wimberly

    Wow the web-based layout is way nice. I feel Yelp may be in trouble…

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  • http://Website Ted C.

    Google’s answer to Facebook. Track all of your recommendations. Get you to link your friends and their recommendations. Then sell adds to people based upon this. Or even worse, do like Facebook and sell the data.

    Facebook has set the bar for the lowest of the low in terms of unethical use of people’s data. Unfortunately as long as people keep using Facebook everyone else is going to have to stoop to their level. We’ve got to either kill Facebook or pass some new laws to make what Mark Zuckerman is doing illegal.

    Google’s motto. Do no evil.
    Facebook’s motto. Do more evil.

    • http://Website B

      My motto: Relax, it ain’t that serious

  • http://Website Dee

    are they actually starting to use maps? stepping on foursquare soon?

  • http://Website nseries

    what is that wallpaper

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Download the app Grallery.

      • http://Website Cpk86

        blasphemy! You aren’t using the android schema androidandme wallpaper?!?

  • cpk86

    I’m ready for some gingerbread silly google….

  • http://Website Bobba

    Oddly I got the update, but I don’t see any widget?
    I’m running Cyanogen Mod 6 RC4 or whatever the latest is.

    • Nortisan

      The widget is just named “Rate Places”, and uses the red map pinpoint icon used for Google Places…Maybe you missed it since it’s not labeled HotPot?

  • http://Website Harry

    That looks like stock Android but theres 7 homescreens! how!

    • Nortisan

      The G2 has 7 home screens.

  • Name (required)

    Google has been advising web developers on how to prepare sites and apps for its TV platform, and Google TV’s universal search will present web search results right next to local and cable TV content. Google TV is based on Android, which also uses Webkit as its default browser. I can’t wait for gingerbread.!

  • pchristensen

    Can’t install the update :( I download, it fails to install with an “Invalid Package Error.” By chance is this thing for higher than 1.6, and I’m seeing in error? I’m still on my G1, btw, and I’ve verified that I have plenty of space for the app.

  • http://Website Baron Munchausen

    Finally.. one can now rate a place using google without going to another app to rate it and hope the website/browser supports the review.

    I have been using 4sq and I do like just it does not really tie into the reviews of a company’s website itself.

    As to FB..pffft I know it is still new for their ‘places’ but still that is not why I use facebook for and again websites/company’s do use facebook but not for the places but for the actual facebook itself. Now if FB can make it so that the reviews are right their on the main FB site of a company then that would be a big plus.. but for now places in FB just really is not..there.

    So for me this is another feather in google’s cap.. of course it ties in with their ‘google everything’ (heh) and most of the time what reviews people use to

    Plus this works awesome on my stock 2.2.1 Sexy Nexy (and the widget is there too).

  • http://Website czar

    I’ve installed the newest update but I didn’t get the new features

  • http://Website David

    This would be great if it would import my Yelp reviews. I’m not sure i want to re-rate everywhere I go.

  • http://Website Dave

    Thats a sick wallpaper. What is it ?