Yelp for Windows Phone gets updated with new features

The Windows Phone community had a lot to talk about this week with the announcement of the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone, but in the middle of all that excitement, one of the most popular free apps got a major update.

As pointed out by the Windows Phone blog, the official Yelp app for Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 now has a new version (2.5.0.0) available to download from the Windows Phone Store. In case you are one of the two smartphone users unfamiliar with Yelp, it offers user-created reviews of restaurants and other local business and destinations.

The new version for Windows Phone finally allows users to write up their own reviews of businesses from within the app, something that really should have been included from the beginning. It also adds yet another long awaited feature; the ability to check in virtually at a destination and share that news with other Yelp users.

If you use the Yelp app to search for a restaurant and find one that's to your liking, the Windows Phone version now allows you to make a reservation, thanks to a link to the OpenTable service, but without having to leave the Yelp app. All in all, it's a significant upgrade from previous versions.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Yelp

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A number of apps have seen big updates over the past 2 weeks or so. It also made me think about what 8.1 could bring. We know Windows 8.1 has over 4,000 new APIs for developers to use, how many new APIs will Windows Phone 8.1 bring as well? Now if they'd just update the OS faster, at least we're seeing more and more official apps hitting the platform now.

I wouldn't be surprised if WP8.1 / Blue is a new SDK with more RT and less Silverlight and I wouldn't be surprised if that is the reason of the long gap between 8.0 and 8.1 - Microsoft *HAS* to get these platforms better aligned so one app to rule them all.. (or at least a single code base..) I'd be astonished/disappointed if Silverlight lingers on into 8.1 as the "wp" base..

And let's not forget the Intel chips. I think that's reason enough for the "odd" delay (if they're attempting to build in support for both the ARM and Intel chips).

Typo...

"The Windows Phone community had a lot to talk about this week with the announcement of the Lumia Lumia 1020 smartphone,"

Lumia Lumia should be Nokia Lumia?