The new iPhone app works exactly the same way to the Android app which launched in November. The release follows Google introducing Hotpot-based recommendations to Google Maps in the browser yesterday.

On the web, Hotpot allows you to rate locations and it will even use your search history to pick out places it thinks you might be interested in. As a mobile recommendation service, it’s smart and incredibly useful. If Google ever gets around to launching its long-rumoured “Google Me” social service, it’s easy to see how Hotpot could be a key part of its featureset.

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