OpenTable Deep-Linking (Video)
OpenTable was recently updated with some new Windows Phone Mango features and the app deep-linking is proving to be very useful. If you’re searching for a nearby restaurant using Bing or the new Local Scout feature and tap on a restaurant’s location card, you still get the usual address, phone number, and hours kind of information. You can swipe to the right and see some reviews, but with another swipe you’ll get to the Apps tab and that’s where the cool integration comes in. Right there I can see a button for OpenTable so I can go ahead and make a reservation at that restaurant (if it is part of OpenTable’s network). Granted it’s not a one-click reservation. OpenTable still has to search for that restaurant name, you have to tap it, choose a day/time and all that, but still it’s a lot better than having to go all the way back to the Start menu, launch OpenTable, and type in that restaurant’s name yourself.