Raved announced today that its app for Android devices is now available for free . Raved is a convenient way for consumers to discover, save and share great places to eat, drink, shop and get things done – all based on trusted recommendations from friends.
Raved combines a mobile-first approach with a unique friend-powered recommendation engine and some of the best aspects of Facebook, Foursquare, Yelp and Pinterest to let users:
- Discover great places friends recommend
- Save favorite places to get useful info and deals on the go
- Share places they love so their friends can love them, too
“We’ve been delighted by the great reception and rapid growth of Raved since our launch of the service on the iOS platform a few weeks ago,” said Henry Vogel, CEO of Raved. “We’re excited to further expand our coverage and offer Raved to even more consumers on their Android devices.”
Raved provides an intuitive and highly visual interface built atop aggregated data from various social graphs, content sources and a database of almost 20 million U.S. merchants. Users don’t need to find or follow anyone to get started; Raved can automatically integrate 'friends' and their 'likes', 'check-ins', and more from users’ social networks like Facebook. Users can also discover great new places by browsing Raved 'PlaceLists' filled with recommendations from featured users, publishers and review sites. As users 'Rave' places, the app makes it easy for them to create and publish their own ‘PlaceLists’ of great places they want to explore, remember or share with friends.
Users can choose to save places just for themselves, like bookmarking a restaurant to try in the future, or they can share a recommendation publicly by simply 'Raving' it. They can also write optional 'Tips' and share more information and personal recommendations. Saving and 'Raving' places is as simple as tapping a button; there’s no need to write long reviews, determine star ratings or enter any other information. Users can also request advice from friends directly with the new “Ask for Tips” or “Get Raves” features. Users can edit their questions and easily post them to Facebook and via mobile notifications to other Raved users.
Raved also pulls in lots of rich content about places like photos, addresses, store hours, posts to Facebook, special deals and offers, and links to other useful information and services. And since memorable places are out in the world, Raved now helps make sure users have all the important information about those great places at their fingertips on their Android devices wherever and whenever they need it.
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