Google Launches Local Search Application for Android

lpd-1.png"Places Directory" is a new app for Android that finds businesses that are close to your location. The app will list various business categories, such as restaurants, hotels and banks. Click on a category and get a listing with distance and star ratings. Click on an individual listing to see reviews and photos.

The app is available in the Android Market and initially supports English and Chinese. "Places Directory" is a Google Labs product.

The application was developed by Taipei Software Engineer Aries Hsieh and fellow Googlers in their 20% time. Hsieh says the inspiration came from his travels to Google headquarters in Mountain View. While visiting, he would try to check out new restaurants, but would also need to know where businesses such as banks were located.

Image via Official Google Mobile blog.