The Google Search mobile landing page got a change overnight that deeply integrates Google Places, making it easier to find nearby restaurants, coffee shops, and bars directly from the front page. Other Places directories, like ATMs, fast food, and gas stations, can be searched locally with just one more tap of the finger.
Sometimes a simple change can make a huge difference. This slight enhancement will prove to be incredibly valuable for quick searches, travel etc. It would be nice if ultimately, through your Google account, you’d be able to customize which shortcuts you want on your mobile search home page, as in iGoogle.