One of India’s largest online food guides and restaurant directories Zomato.com (previously known as Foodiebay.com), has launched a mobile application: the first local-search application for android phones made by an Indian player. It allows users to search for nearby restaurants based on the user’s location. Availablefree , the application replicates all features of the website and lets the user look at the menus, contact details, reviews, photographs, location and discounts for restaurants on the phone itself. The application recorded over 200 downloads within the first couple of days after the launch. Zomato, has taken its first step to tap into the growing mobile market with this application.The website is 2 years old and gets more than 2.5 lakh monthly users across 6 cities in India – Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata.
Says: Deepinder Goyal, co-Founder and CEO, Zomato: “We are proud to be the first restaurant portal in the country to develop an Android application. The users will be able to enjoy all the functionalities of our website on the Zomato application. Given the increasing penetration of smart-phones and the launch of 3G services by multiple operators, mobile market was the logical next step for us after internet. We see Android as the fastest growing mobile smart-phone market in India. Globally, Android phones have grown very rapidly and we expect India to see the same trend.”
Zomato/FoodieBay was launched in 2008 by IIT Delhi graduates Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah. Zomato lists menus, prices and contact details of restaurants and also offers discount coupons to customers. It has its presence in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Pune. www.zomato.com
January 28 2011