The mobile version of Google Maps will soon be integrating popular restaurant reservation service OpenTable into its interface.
Google Maps is already a one-stop location for those who need directions, navigation, restaurant reviews and photos of addresses. Now, users can conveniently make reservations using OpenTable within the app, which used to just include a link to the reservation service.
Integration with Google Maps could give OpenTable a leg up on rival reservation services, including Yelp's SeatMe.
Menlo Park, California-based Google has been working hard to integrate more convenient services into Google Maps, which launched in 2005 and is currently the most popular smartphone app.
The app is also getting a facelift. “Over the next few days, when you open up Google Maps on your Android or iPhone, you’ll be greeted by bright colors and a fresh new design,” the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. “This new look is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world; with Google Maps’ new material feel, layers and buttons come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery.”
More details are also being provided for those interested in ordering car service Uber in the new Google Maps interface. The app will now be able to show users the estimated pick-up time and price for their specific routes.