The Google+ Local iPhone app mysteriously disappeared from the App Store this past Friday—and now we know why. The Google-owned Zagat has just released a new app for both iPhone and Android today, all coming in Google's new card-based UI.
Google is moving away from the 30-point rating system it inherited from its acquisition Zagat last year because it's just too complicated. Instead, it will replace the confounding restaurant rating math with something a bit more straightforward.
In a bid to improve its growing selection of local reviews, Google is buying the Frommer's travel guide brand from publishers John Wiley & Sons for an undisclosed amount.
The official Google blog says it all: the Mountain View tech monster bought Zagat, whose restaurant ratings are used and respected all over the world. Yelp should be worried.
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If Patrick Bateman had a cellphone, he'd probably be rocking a Droid (with a Phil Collins ringtone, natch) after Verizon topped four of six major categories in Zagat's debut Wireless Carriers Survey.