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Search the Play Store for "tip calculator" and you'll probably find over nine thousand different ways to cut up gratuity. But now you don't need them: Google has added a tip calculator to its ubiquitous search engine on the mobile app and the web. Just search for "what's the tip for forty dollars" (or any amount you'd care to name) and Google will return the default 15% tip.

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Want to be a little more generous? Want to be a jerk? No problem. The new tool will let you adjust the tip percentage amount as low or as high as you want. If you're dining with company it can split the check as many ways as you'd like. There's no upper limit on that, either - if you want to leave an equal tip percentage for a party of 200 splitting a single bowl of peanuts, then shine on you crazy diamond.

This works great for voice searches, but unfortunately you can only get the 15% tip and one person split with the standard search. Still, that's one less app (or at the very least, one less calculator launch) than you needed before. Enjoy.

Source: Google+

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • CJ

    incredible

  • James Heyneman

    While this is cool, it doesn't recognize anything with cents. Example: "What is the tip for 28 dollars and 32 cents?" or "What is the tip for 28 dollars 32 cents?" It just does a Google search.

    • dapbmonkey4u

      Really? Round up the total, the servers deserve that much at least.

      • Justin W

        I would say round up the total simply because the 32 cents isn't important...

        • James Heyneman

          I usually round up the tip to the nearest dollar.

        • ElfirBFG

          You don't round up on $0.32.

          • SickoPsycho

            You also don't shortchange people serving you. At least I don't.

          • ElfirBFG

            You do realise that difference between 15% on the the actual total and the rounded down total is less than $0.05, right? The difference is a whole $0.15 with the incorrectly rounded up total.

            I just tip based on service. I've never tipped less than 10% on subpar service, and I've tipped ~50% on extraordinary service.

          • SickoPsycho

            It's the principle, bud.

          • ElfirBFG

            Please, explain. I have no idea what you're driving at.

            You can make up your own math all you like, but a server will not notice $0.15, they do not have time to figure out if someone short-changed them by fractions of a dollar. I didn't say "don't tip", I said that the math was wrong.

          • SickoPsycho

            For me, it doesnt matter if the server notices or not- it's more a matter of me feeling as though I've done the right thing for the right reason. If I round down a tip or a total to get a tip, or knock the tax off to get the tip I feel like I'm cheating the person I'm tipping. Do what you do, though. I'm not arguing your point. Mathematically, yes. .49 and down gets rounded down, .50 and up gets rounded up. You are correct.

  • Rob

    Cool except for it taking 3 tries for the search software to stop changing TIP to TEMP. :)

  • http://www.florianheinle.de/ Florian Heinle

    This would have been the death of Palm's WebOS AppCatalog

  • Defiant

    Do it in your head, people!

    • james kendall

      mental math is dead long live the calculator.

  • nctrnl

    Tax?

    • Justin W

      Is included in the bill, so 323 is the final total. Always tip on the total, not subtotal.

      • fjitb

        Brilliant, tip on the governments share genius.

        • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

          In all almost all nations sale or vat taxes are included in the final price, and if there's a tipping culture the percentage is over the final amount, taxes included.

        • Justin W

          You can do as you please, that's just what's always been done in my family and with others I eat out with. No need to get pissy.

          • fjitb

            It wasn't meant to be pissy, just direct.

        • SickoPsycho

          Yes but the gov't doesnt get it, the person who served you your food does. And what are we talking about here? 15% of $6 on a $100 bill? $.90? Really? I guess if you've never busted your ass in the food industry to support yourself you might not understand...

          • fjitb

            Yes the government gets it quarterly.

          • ElfirBFG

            I've busted my ass in the service industry, but for some reason, despite going more out of my way for customers than ANY server ever has for me, I was not allowed to take tips, not that many even offered. The most I could do was accept the money and donate it to our store as we were a non-profit. I've had regular customers bring in small gifts from time to time, but nothing to the tune of 15% of the sale. A server wouldn't show you how to connect your new home theatre system, nor would they assemble/disassemble your furniture, nor carry large/awkward items to your vehicle, or many of the other things I did outside of my job description.

            Why are some service industry jobs deserving of tips and others are not? Why are some offered money for their services and others in a grey area for accepting a coffee as thanks?

  • ral

    I wish this had its own card in google now that we can type the numbers and get the tip.

    I do not want to be in a restaurant asking (What is the tip)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Then type it. Or get an app.

    • FrillArtist

      Just type it in search.

  • mendy817

    for the life of me i don't understand why anyone would EVER need a tip calculator. move the decimal one space to the left. double it. 20%. math. boom. done.

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      If you want to leave 15%, move the decimal place one space to the left to get the 10%, divide by 2, and them sum both results, and there's your 15%. I don't understand why people need "tip calculators" is absurd.

    • Simon Belmont

      I don't really use them either. I've been doing the tips (15%, 20%, whatever %) in my head for years.

      It's really not hard to figure out. The one thing I can see being useful is the split option though, in a tip app.

    • sguyx

      I dont understand why you need to pay tip. You should ask a salary that customers dont need to pay tips. Here where i live, we dont leave tips and people dont wait to get tips. of course you can always do that, but nobody is waiting to get any. it's all in the salary. I hate the whole tipping system, when travelling...

      • mendy817

        when in rome, buddy.... you may not like it, but that's the way it is here in the states. you pay less for food because you are expected to tip. if you're in a country where tipping is expected and you don't tip, then you're a cheap bastard, plain and simple.

        • sguyx

          Well, not my problem. I can be a cheap bastard, plain and simple =) If you dont knlw how to ask salary enough, it's not my problem as a customer to pay your salary... Pay less for food and tip = pay enough for food and dont tip.

  • Alan

    Still waiting for someone to create an app that does uneven bill distribution in an easy and straight-forward manner. I'm sick of subsidizing someone else's meal when the check comes (e.g., I ordered a $12.00 salad and he ordered a $38.00 steak, so why do I have to pay $25.00 + tax & tip?)

    • Thomas’

      Who stops you from paying separately?

      • Cyks

        If the check comes out to $50 and you know your meal was $12, why not just pay... $12?

        As for distributing the tax and tip it's as simple as dividing your cost by the total cost and multiplying by the total tax and total tip you decide that you want to pay.

        Though if you are that concerned about distributing the tip that perfectly, you probably shouldn't be eating out with others in the first place.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    So people need a calculator for tips already?
    We've come a long way...

    • Trevor Kinsie

      Most people can't do math in their head.

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        I know! It's a shame they are allowed to vote!
        I mean... We're not talking about complicated mathematics, a tip is a simple thing of dividing by ten, then multiplying with whatever.

    • sguyx

      We dont need one, beucause we dont have tipping here.. It's all in a salary..

  • WHO?

    So I tried it. Worked first time.

    • Guest

      how come mine doesn't show anything as shown here? here's what it shows (attached).
      the google search app version is 2.8.8.849369.arm , build 300208080

      • r0xp0x

        You asked "... tip of 300 dollars" instead of "... tip for 300 dollars".

    • Android Developer

      It seems this feature works only for Dollars. I've tried Shekels and it didn't work.

  • RXG9

    I use Tasty Tip Calculator, best on the play store. It lets you put in the tax (& tell you the percentage) but when you put in the tip 15%, etc your tipping on the sub total, not the total (which would have tax included).

    • DirkBelig

      That's what's missing from the Google tip calculator - the tax. Most tip calculators also don't realize you should tip off the pretax amount. Thanks for the TIP (heh) for TTC. I'm going to dinner tonight, so I'll give it a shot.

  • http://www.frivpara.net/ Friv Para

    It is good if we use it as soon as the utility

  • in2android

    From the perspective of a Server, which I've been for a good amount of my adult life, this thread has been pretty entertaining! Thank God that I've worked mostly in upscale/formal dining for many years now, where most of the cheap asses commenting here won't or don't dine, lol. Now a lot of them will tell me how much money they make, and the many fine establishments that they tip this 10% in, but first hand experience doesn't lie, a pricey menu weeds out the "cheap", lol. Bottom line, if you frequent a nice establishment and regularly tip poorly, then I'd advise you to stop going... They remember you... And it would be breaking an a dirty little industry secret for me to tell you why, LMFAO!!

    • DirkBelig

      I once went to a seafood place in Cleveland that was more pricey than my typical haunts, but we'd decided to splurge a little. Then we had one of the best servers ever waiting on us and realized that by the time we properly gratuitized him, it was going to be a hefty bill. Oh well. He did an awesome job and got paid. Never went back, though - simply can't afford that level of quality and service.

    • sixtyfour

      That you're implying you tamper with a person's food because you feel slighted by a poor tip says more about you than the people who are "stiffing" you. It also doesn't say much about these so-called "upscale" places that would hire someone like you to begin with. And yes, I tip very well when the service warrants it. Unlike you, I see tips as a reward for a job well done and not as extortion money so the waiter won't spit on my steak.

    • FrillArtist

      Doing repulsive things to someone's food because they didn't tip you? Really? You're make tips sound more like a racketeering bill than a goodwill fee.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      Wouldn't it be funny if one day you'd end up at a doctor who is as simple minded as you and treats you badly because you don't tip him?
      Hey, you might die - wouldn't that be great?

      By the way, if sorry creatures like you who tamper with a client's meal because they are greedy work there, I doubt that place is upscale by any standards. Except for white trash standards, maybe.

    • Thatguyfromvienna

      By the way, funny you're posting this here with your picture attached.
      Who knows, maybe the next customer is gonna break your jaw?

  • Cory_S

    I've never understood these set rates for tipping. It is suppose to be a personal gesture of your thanks to them for their service. If people treat it like a flat rate it might as well be built into the bill. My tipping changes wildly depending on the service. There is one bar I go to I have have tipped less than 50%, and sometimes as much as 100% because the bartender is incredibly entertaining. If the service is unmemorable, then I may do 18-25% depending on the tab (I usually tend to tip far over that on small tabs that took up as much time as a larger one)

    Meh, I'm explaining this badly. What I don't get is why people tip based off the bill. Tip based off the service. That's the point of a tip, to reward good service.

  • FrillArtist

    I'm sorry but I'm not giving anyone money to carry my food from the kitchen to my table. That's what the restaurant should pay them for. Over-entitled brats.

    • sguyx

      indeed!

    • Clayton Ginther

      I hope you are kidding. Waiters are purposely paid under minimum wage because of the fact that you DO pay for their services. Services that include much more than "just carrying your food from the kitchen to the table". That money is part of how you pay for busing and bartender fees too at many places.

      • sguyx

        services like what? all they do is they carry the wood? tip for chatting with you? smiling for you? what do they do that i need to leave tip? if they are paid under minimum wage, they should ask more.

        • Clayton Ginther

          Exactly those things. otherwise, order delivery. you sitting at the table for extended periods of time ruins their pay.
          Besides, it is literally in the law that waiters get paid under minimum wage because you are supposed to tip them. dont screw over the waiter because you dont like how the country runs.

  • firesoul453

    Who uses a calculator to calculate tip?

  • YoHoJo

    420 Blaze It!

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