People didn't always hate Zagat, but Google's new vision for the iconic restaurant review guide has not been widely accepted. The service became free, but Google also revamped it and limited the number of cities it tracked. The new update makes some tweaks to the app and expands the supported cities, but it's probably not going to do much to improve the app's 2.4 star rating.

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Here's the changelog for the new update:

  • Great new layout for tablets
  • Many more locations, including New Jersey, Miami, Houston, Long Island
  • Easy access to Zagat ratings and reviews, right from the home screen
  • Shopping and Hotel ratings and reviews
  • Google Street View panoramas
  • Numerous bug fixes and improvements

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The update reportedly makes much better use of Google Maps on tablets, but there are some tweaks for phones too. The Street View integration includes panoramas of the inside of the establishment, if available. There are still some gaps in the data provided by the new Zagat, but it's getting better with each update.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • TerrenceT

    Foursquare is much much better than Zagat,.. Zagat not even available on my country...

    • Fresh2infinity

      ZAGAT can be trusted for restaurant reviews..at least me for me that is..it's very reputable

  • Arjen82

    Weird; it tracks Amsterdam; but as a Dutch Android user I can't install the app cause it is not available in my country...

  • John Smith

    I always cringe when I see how much screen space is used by the Action Bar on a tablet

  • http://webweenie.blogspot.ca/ Stephen A.

    Isn't supported on Google's own Nexus 4? WTH?!