Attention, Android Aficionados: OpenTable for Android 2.5 Has Arrived!

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.

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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.

Behind the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Selection; Mid-Century Restaurants in America; Calorie Counts Not Curbing Our Appetites + More News

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Mid-century dining institutions were as cool as Don Draper.

Dining news from around the world and the web…

* The rules are there are no rules. Grub Street examines the voting guidelines and standards for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants — and finds there aren’t any. [Grub Street]

* Sip and save. How to get the most value out of wine when dining out. [The Globe and Mail]

* Nobody makes it like mom. And not even she makes it like her mom, as evidenced by this collection of grandmothers and their signature dishes. [Slate]

* Seattle Weekly 86’s restaurant reviews. Does this mean crowd sourced reviews are more trustworthy — or just more affordable? [Eater Seattle]

* Classic American Dining. A new book takes a look at our nation’s mid-century dining institutions. [RetroToGo.com]

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On Our Plate: Mother’s Day Reservations; #NobodyMakesItLikeMom Giveaway; James Beard Award Winners; Best Dining Cities for Moms + More

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Don’t miss these steals on meals in Cincy!

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* Mother’s Day is Sunday. Book your reservations now!

* Want to win $200 to take your mom for dinner on Mother’s Day? Enter our Twitter #NobodyMakesItLikeMom giveaway!

* Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week reservations are open. Book now for 3-course lunches and dinners for $33.13,  May 13-20.

* What are the best cities to be a mom and a foodie? Here are the top 25!

* The 2013 James Beard Awards were held on Monday night. And we’ve got some snaps for you to see.

* Looks matter. A few words on emerging design on OpenTable.

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Confusing Menus; Celebs Cut Calories with Kiddie Cutlery; Daniel Turns 20 + More News

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Will TMZ soon publish a groundbreaking photo of a celeb dining with children’s cutlery? One can only dream.

Dining news from around the web and around the world…

* Can’t decide what to order? Blame the menu. [The Guardian]

* Plan on dining better. Here’s how. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

* How celebs stay thin and dine out all the time? Tiny cutlery. I’m not even kidding. [Times of India]

* Going out to eat with kids can be challenging. And, it can be even rougher if they’re your grandkids. [STLToday.com]

* Happy birthday, Daniel. The iconic Manhattan restaurant turns 20, and Chef Boulud reflects. [Serious Eats]

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