Google’s Favorite Places
The news just won’t stop from the search giant. Google has recently announced “Favorite Places on Google” as part of an initiative to get even better local results when searching for local businesses, such as restaurants, hotels, clothing stores, and more. 100,000 of the most researched places in over 9,000 cities and towns across all 50 of the United States were sent official Google Favorite Place decals. The decal contains a unique QR code scanable by many mobile devices, including those running Android. Businesses are encouraged to place the decal in their store fronts so that patrons can scan and reach Google’s official “Place Page” of that particular location. The “Place Page” allows users to submit reviews, obtain information such as address and phone number, access pictures and just recently, view any online coupons that are available and redeem them directly from the mobile device.
The current Android app of choice for scanning QR codes is Barcode Scanner, which you can download for free from the Android Market. Sadly, this initiative is limited to the United States for the time being, but Google does plan to send out new decals in waves sometime in the future. A Google created Youtube video demonstrating the entire process can be viewed after the jump.
[via – Official Google Blog]