June 3, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
John’s in a new city and is both hungry and bored. Sure, he could check the Yellowpages or find out what his hotel’s front desk recommends, but maybe he wants to know where the locals go to find a good meal and something to do on the weekend. John then fires up Google Places Directory to find some food and fun.
The name Places Directory is a point-blank description of what functions it performs. The app organizes locations into categories that can be browsed or searched. A business that sparks someone’s interest can then be called, brought up in Google Maps to get directions, or added to personal favorites.
The app currently supports US English and Chinese results in the following categories:
- Movie Theaters
- Gas Stations
- Medical services
- Taxi services
If you aren’t a fan of Places, you may want to consider similar apps like Where, which searches for some of the location types in Places. Restaurant Guide (BooRah) and the Yellowpages suite of apps — Yp.com Mobile Local Search, Have2Eat, Have2Drink, and Have2Snack — may also be somewhat of an alternative .