Shortly after we went on the air last night for our weekly podcast, we noticed users in our chat room talking about the new 4.7 release of Google Maps.  At the time, Google had not yet updated their mobile blog with the details.  Late rwe found out what the new version offers, and as it turns out, it’s pretty nifty. Among the enhancements is a desktop widget for rating places while on the go.  It’s now much easier to post reviews and ratings on nearby places and share them with others. The benefit of sharing your opinion with others is that you’ll get tailored search results based on your tastes.  

This leads into the other feature in Maps 4.7 which is integration into the new Google Hotpot service. Find the great little hole-in-the-wall with a killer Reuben sandwich based on reviews provided by your friends!  The looks to be one of those services that gets better over time and improves with additional users.  So, if you have an Android phone with 1.6 or higher, you need to check out Maps 4.7 in the Android Market!

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Sounds like we could be seeing a Google Hotpot app for Android before long.  Time for yet another check-in service.

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