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Gobble Away

New mobile app helps users find a restaurant in the city that serves exactly what they’re craving for.

New mobile app helps users find a restaurant in the city that serves exactly what they’re craving for.

Gastronomy has inspired,among other things,a number of smartphone apps featuring everything from restaurants,menus and recipes that can get your mind,heart and tummy racing. Gawbl is yet another app that has recently added itself to this bandwagon of food apps on the Android platform.

The deal is simple: you’re in the mood for a certain kind of food and the app tells you where to head. No fancy claims of working wonders on your taste buds and no bombarding the phone screen with hundreds of options.

In fact,the USP of Gawlb is its simplicity.

The man behind the application,26-year-old Chiragh Kirpalani,came upon the idea one night when he wanted to grab a quick bite. A self-confessed foodie,Kirpalani checked the apps on his smartphone and was left confused. “I was not sure whether the places being suggested would even serve what I wanted. In fact,I was confused about the options when the idea of Gawbl struck me,” he says.

The project involved an investment of $3,000.

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The app can be downloaded from the play store of any Android phone and only requires a Facebook ID for logging in. Once logged in,the options “In and Around Pune”,“Outside Pune” and “Amanora City” appear.

Depending on the location,the app scans the area and takes the user to the home page and five moods — quick bite,hog,experiment (non Indian foods),fine dine and chill (affordable and refreshing joints).

On selecting any one mood,a list of three eateries pop up for users to pick from. “We are giving only three options because we do not want to confuse the user by cluttering the screen with unnecessary options,” says Kirpalani.

The six-member team that developed Gawbl is now working on having their own sign-in platform instead of going through Facebook. They are also planning to expand the number of moods available in the app to include the likes of “romance” and “health”.

The application is currently available only in Pune but the developers hope to increase its footprint in due course,but they are in no hurry. “We do not plan on expanding outside Pune yet. But when we expand,we would aim at Bangalore because that city has a large youth population and we are positioning our app as a youth-centric app,” says Kirpalani,adding that soon the app will be available on the iOS (for Apple) platform as well.

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