Back in February, we told you about a new experimental service at Google called Tablescape. The app, which at the time served as a stylized funnel for content tied to Google+, encouraged users to upload "foodographs" (photos of food) with specialized categories like "naughty," "cheesy," and "vegetarian" among others. It would also show featured content and special foodography tips for users.
Just a few months later, though, Tablescape was unceremoniously closed, the experiment ostensibly over. But in the update sent to testers, Google was sure to note the following:
This doesn't mean we're giving up on food photography, you may see the influence of Tablescape in future apps.
Google's search engine first attracted users because it was a fast and useful way to find the information. The faster you send users away, the faster they come back, the thinking went. These days Google has no shortage of services to keep us from ever leaving its servers. But some new features keep that original vibe of Google-y awesomeness. This latest addition to Search is one such feature.
Now when you search for a local restaurant, Google will show the option to place an order. Hitting this button will ask for your preferred delivery service and then pull up the appropriate website.
This feature is only available in the US, and for now it's limited to six partners: BeyondMenu, Delivery.com, Eat24, Grubhub, MyPizza.com, and Seamless. Read More
DoorDash gets food from a local restaurant to your door without you having to check the establishment's website to see if the place delivers. Just fire up the app, do a quick search, and place your order. You can browse through menus and track deliver through status updates. Payments are handled through the app.
Since 2013, the service has been an iOS exclusive. Now it's available in the Play Store. (It's about time. I placed the order a year ago.)
You may be pleased to know that Doordash supports more areas than just San Francisco. Options in other states include Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Read More
I don't know that I've ever needed a pizza urgently enough that I couldn't spare the time to reach a phone or computer, but should you ever encounter this sort of red alert pizza emergency, Domino's has you covered. The Domino's app now supports ordering and tracking orders from Android Wear and Pebble.
Fast food, by definition, should be fast. But on a busy day, the wait to order can completely ruin this, making hungry folks wait just as long to get their food at Taco Bell as they would at a sit-down joint. Fortunately the company is doing something to address the situation. Android users can now download the Taco Bell app and place orders from anywhere, allowing them to skip the line when they step into the restaurant.
Customers first select their local establishment, customize their order, and finalize the payment. Then they can take their phone to Taco Bell, skip the line, and show the person behind the counter their phone. Read More
Before we start: Square's Order service is still only for eateries in San Francisco and New York City, because those are the only two places where people use smartphones. If you fall paradoxically outside of the service area (like all but one of Android Police's staff), you can stop reading now. For everyone else, check out the sizeable upgrade to Square Order, now rolling out in the Play Store. The app, which allows you to order and pay for food at restaurant tables, gets a fresh new look and some other goodies.
New above, old below.
The biggest addition to the updated app is arrival predictions. Read More
The Tastemade community caters both to users who like watching videos of other people's food and those who enjoy taking pictures of their own. The network, which spreads across various social media sites and an iOS app, encourages users to share their thoughts, expertise, and food experiences with others. Now Android users are free to hit up Google Play and take part in the festivities as well, assuming that they have a Samsung device.
For the time being, only the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Note 2, and Note 3 are listed as supported, though we have noticed a few other odd handsets score a positive as well. Read More
In some ways, the food truck is the closest thing we have to hunting wild game in an urban setting. It's food, but it moves. How are you supposed to find food that moves? With the NomNom Finder app, which has just arrived on Android.