OpenTable for iPad Is Here: Satisfy Your iPad App-etite Today!

OpenTable-for-iPadMany people have been asking when OpenTable will bring its mobile app to Apple’s iPad.  We are excited to tell you that the answer is — today!  You can now download the latest OpenTable app here.
As a mobile product manager, I wanted to share our view of this exciting platform. While it’s not yet entirely clear, we believe people will use the iPad in different ways than they do the iPhone. Until there are a greater number of 3G-capable devices in diners’ hands, we won’t know whether the primary use will be at home, at work, or on-the-go, but when the iPad is used in the home, it tends to be a communal device. Like the TV remote, it’s something that is likely shared among friends and family while sitting on the couch.  Because most dining decisions are communal, the iPad, then, is a terrific platform for planning where to eat tonight (and every night). The iPad’s generous screen means that you can browse more information at once, making it easier and faster than ever to find the perfect open table any time.
Developed in close collaboration with Sequence, the OpenTable iPad app incorporates all the unique features iPhone users have come to know and love while putting even more information at diners’ fingertips. Where we go from here – and where you dine — is up to you, dear iPad user.
Don’t delay; download the free OpenTable for iPad today.  And, please be sure to share your feedback with us at iphonefeedback@OpenTable.com.

OpenTable-for-iPadMany people have been asking when OpenTable will bring its mobile app to Apple’s iPad.  We are excited to tell you that the answer is — today!  You can now download the latest OpenTable app here.

As a mobile product manager, I wanted to share our view of this exciting platform. While it’s not yet entirely clear, we believe people will use the iPad in different ways than they do the iPhone. Until there are a greater number of 3G-capable devices in diners’ hands, we won’t know whether the primary use will be at home, at work, or on-the-go, but when the iPad is used in the home, it tends to be a communal device. Like the TV remote, it’s something that is likely shared among friends and family while sitting on the couch.  Because most dining decisions are communal, the iPad, then, is a terrific platform for planning where to eat tonight (and every night). The iPad’s generous screen means that you can browse more information at once, making it easier and faster than ever to find the perfect open table any time.

Developed in close collaboration with Sequence, the OpenTable iPad app incorporates all the unique features iPhone users have come to know and love while putting even more information at diners’ fingertips. Where we go from here – and where you dine — is up to you, dear iPad user.

Don’t delay; download the free OpenTable for iPad today.  And, please be sure to share your feedback with us at iphonefeedback@OpenTable.com.

Still not convinced? Watch a demo of the OpenTable for iPad app in action below!

OpenTable for Nokia Is Now Available for Symbian S60 5.0 touch Devices

We are pleased to announce that OpenTable for Nokia is now available on Ovi Store by Nokia, allowing diners to reserve tables instantly and for free at thousands of restaurants in the UK, U.S., Canada and Mexico. Key features include the ability to:
* Find restaurants around your current location with availability and book on the spot
* Refine search results by cuisine, price and points
* Read fresh and relevant reviews by recent OpenTable diners
* Manage upcoming reservations
* Send SMS messages with reservation details to the rest of your dinner party
OpenTable for Nokia is available  for Symbian S60  5.0  touch device users residing in the UK, U.S., Canada and Mexico. Users of non-touch Nokia devices such as the Nokia E72 will be able to download the app in the coming weeks.
OpenTable for Nokia is the company’s latest smartphone application, following the releases of applications for the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Palm.

NokiaWe are pleased to announce that OpenTable for Nokia is now available on Ovi Store by Nokia, allowing diners to reserve tables instantly and for free at thousands of restaurants in the UK, US, Canada, and Mexico. Key features include the ability to:

* Find restaurants around your current location with availability and book on the spot

* Refine search results by cuisine, price and points

* Read fresh and relevant reviews by recent OpenTable diners

* Manage upcoming reservations

* Send SMS messages with reservation details to the rest of your dinner party

OpenTable for Nokia is available for Symbian S60 5.0 touch device users residing in the UK, US, Canada and Mexico. Users of non-touch Nokia devices such as the Nokia E72 will be able to download the app in the coming weeks.

OpenTable for Nokia is the company’s latest smartphone application, following the releases of applications for the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Palm.

Siri Personal Assistant: A Voice App That Lets You Speak to OpenTable

Siri-on-OpenTable-MobileMobile makes a great proving ground for testing new usability concepts. Two years ago we pondered our own: showing you OpenTable restaurants with availability around your current location, beating the traditional phone at its own game. Since we started on OpenTable Mobile in 2008, we’ve seated more than 2 million diners via our mobile applications. Concept proven.

Over a year ago, we were approached by Siri, who wanted to take a fresh approach to voice recognition. Their goal was to make voice search contextually relevant (more so than the “Call home.” cliché) and actionable with third-party services. Siri wanted to tap into the vast network of OpenTable restaurants and prove their model through a use case everyone can understand – making a reservation. I have to admit some of us here were a little skeptical and thought we’d have to speak like a robot to make it work. However, we were pleasantly surprised when we spoke a natural but complicated phrase — “Find a table for two at Bambino’s this Saturday at 7PM,” — and Siri came back with a relevant response. From there, the reservation was confirmed in no time.

Siri took this usability concept one step further by responding to your queries on screen, rather than reading it back to you in monotone, which we all know would be an embarrassing experience in public. (By the way, if Siri makes an Auto-Tune version, I’ll go from being embarrassed to insisting it speak back to me.)

You may be wondering if Siri can do more than just search for a specific restaurant (incidentally, our forthcoming iPhone update will let you type in the name of a restaurant and reserve it right then and there). Try saying, “Show me Italian restaurants around here with tables tonight,” and feel a smile cross your face when Siri does just that. Siri is leading the field in voice recognition, and OpenTable is proud to be part of proving this incredible concept.

Have you tried Siri yet? Let us know what you think here or over on Facebook.

Josh Garnier is an OpenTable Product Manager.

It’s Here: OpenTable Mobile App for the Palm Pre

palm-preToday, we are happy to introduce the newest member of our OpenTable Mobile family — OpenTable for webOS. If you’re a proud owner of a Palm® Pre™, you can now take advantage of OpenTable on the sleek webOS interface, which enables you to search for available restaurants nearby and reserve tables instantly. In addition, we are adding the following features on mobile for the first time:

  • Reserve Bonus Point times – that’s right 1,000-Point reservations!
  • Access our “Special Requests for the Maitre ‘D” feature.
  • Read reviews from fellow OpenTable diners about the restaurant.
  • Add reservations to your Palm’s calendar.
  • Modify a reservation with an updated time or party size.

We really hope OpenTable diners enjoy this app. Please tell your friends about it using the “Share/Save” tool below, and read more about it here.

Josh Garnier is an OpenTable Product Manager.