December 8, 2009 | by Robert Nelson
Yelp fans take note, your Android app is now available in the Market. The app, which was released yesterday afternoon is available for those in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland. And yes, it is a free download but it does appear to be missing a few features that you may be looking for.
That said, for those unfamiliar Yelp is the place to go if you are looking for restaurant and business reviews, ratings and more. There is a current location feature that will show you what is available in the area, and you can even call the business or restaurant, see photos and reed reviews with just an extra click or two.
- By leveraging location-aware technology, the Yelp for Android app determines your current location and then lets you search for nearby businesses, read reviews and access a moveable Google map that enables you to easily zoom in/out on a location and redefine your search based on that geographic area.
- In addition to searching nearby businesses, you can also filter reviews by “Price,” “Open Now,” “Special Offers” and browse “Hot on Yelp”
Getting back to the feature that was missing, the Yelp app for Android is read only at the moment. Which means that you will be able to check out all of the information that is available but you will not be able to add any new information yourself.
That aside, its still nice to see Yelp come available. Of course, for those already using Sherpa it may not be necessary because with the lack of ability to add your own reviews you already have the same content available.