Zomato today launched an Android app for their restaurant directory. This app, much like the web portal, will allow Android users to look for nearby restaurants based on their location and will let them look at menu cards, contact details, reviews and addresses.

The Home screen and a menu card

The key features of the app are:

  • Suggests a random restaurant near your current location (shake to get the next restaurant)
  • Get recommendations for the best restaurants around your current location (GPS based); or for some other location (manual input)
  • Search for a restaurant name, location or cuisine

Moving to the mobile platform was a logical next step as was the move to Android, according to Deepindar Goyal, Co-Founder and CEO of Zomato. “The users will be able to enjoy all the functionalities of our website on the Zomato application. Given the increasing penetration of smart-phones and the launch of 3G services by multiple operators, the mobile market was the logical next step for us after internet. We see Android as the fastest growing mobile smart-phone market in India. Globally, Android phones have grown very rapidly and we expect India to see the same trend.”

Restaurant Details and its location on Google Maps

If you don't know what Zomato is, here's a lowdown. Zomato.com, formerly Foodiebay.com, was launched in July 2008 by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah, IIT Delhi graduates. It is an online food guide and restaurant directory and lists menus, prices and contact details of restaurants and also offers discount coupons to customers. It has its presence in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Pune.

The Zomato app is now live on the Android Market and you can get it for free. So what're you waiting for? We got it already and here's what Shayne Rana, Channel Editor (Mobile) had to say. “It's a very well designed application. However, some of the menu cards could be made easier to read. But as is, it's a very useful tool for Indian foodies.”

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