We’ve been hard at work on improving our Android smartphone experience. Today, we have a terrific update to share in the form of OpenTable for Android 2.5. In addition to bug fixes, here are the savory bits, along with a screenshot slideshow (below).
Maps have been completely overhauled to leverage Google Maps v2. This provides a much richer maps experience while reducing pin clutter (Thank you, measles!). You can now also use the maps when looking at a location other than your current one. Easter egg: drag the map to another area and tap to initiate a new search.
Also, you’ve begged. You’ve pleaded. You’ve protested outside our offices. Well, no, you didn’t actually do that last part. Despite that, we’ve (Finally!) added the ability to add your reservations to your calendar!* There’s now no excuse to miss your dinner with mom.
Navigation, too, is improved and major actions (favorites, my OpenTable, and map view) have been moved into the top bar. You can now navigate to previous screens by tapping on the icon on the upper left.
Finally, we’ve taken another pass at the restaurant profile pages. Improvements include:
* You can now modify your date, time and party size directly on the page – no need to hop back and forth!
* Restaurant menus and reviews now load faster than before.
* Overall restaurant rating has been added.
Even better than all of this? We’re not done yet! Keep an eye out for more updates coming to an Android near you.
*Add to calendar functionality is supported on Android 4.0 phones and higher.
Josh Garnier is the Mobile Product Manager for Android and Windows Phone.