by Brent Dirks
August 13, 2013
Yelp has just updated its iOS app to add a very nice feature. Starting with version 7.0, users can publish full reviews from their mobile device. The company discussed the new feature in a blog post:
Mobile phone usage has come a long way since the days of the hunt-and-peck, shorthand “C U L8R” texts. Nowadays, people are more mobile savvy and are becoming used to contributing long-form content directly from their device. These days, many people are interacting with Yelp solely through their mobile device. Which is why we’re introducing the ability to write and publish reviews on mobile! Yelpers can now contribute their useful, funny and cool reviews directly from their Yelp mobile application (available today on iOS and coming soon to Android). Starting today, Yelpers won’t have to wait until they get home to tell the world why their neighborhood barber is deserving of five shiny stars - they can do it directly from their phones, while they’re on-the-go. What’s more, any photos that a Yelper has taken of the business they are reviewing will now appear in-line with their mobile reviews, similar to how they do on the website. Prior to today, we offered Yelpers the option to leave a Tip after checking in at a business. Tips are still here to stay and are great for bite-sized content (i.e. “great jukebox!”). Mobile reviews are a better option for people looking to go into detail about the factors that contribute to a business’ star rating. To help make sure that these reviews are high-quality and useful, we may post any reviews that are too short as a Tip as we experiment with rolling out this feature. Yelpers can always go back and add in more detail later to flesh it out into a full-fledged review.Yelp is a universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini. It can be downloaded now in the App Store for free. For other recent app news, see: Email App Dispatch Adds TextExpander Touch Support And More, RetailMeNot Coupons 3.0 Features New UI Design, Favorite Stores And More, and CBS Sports Goes Universal, New iPad Edition Comes Complete With Live Video.