The latest update to Google Maps is rolling out on the beta channel now. This is the version that brings the just-announced restaurant wait times. That appears to be the only notable addition users will be able to see right away. A teardown also brings more meat to the upcoming motorcycle-specific enhancements. Read More
Google has just pushed out a blog post that indirectly outlines a few changes to Google Trips. We reported last month that manually adding reservations and support for bus and train tickets had been implemented in the app. This latest post by Google shows off some additional features, like easy itinerary sharing and new reservation types like restaurants and car rentals. Read More
Mobile payments are on the rise. Google has been working with companies for years, and with Apple Pay turning more consumers on to the idea, new opportunities to swipe your phone at a register or pay in advance are popping up left and right.
Now Google has partnered with ChowNow to bring Wallet to thousands of independent restaurants across the US. As of today, restaurants have updated their mobile apps to include Wallet as an additional option at checkout. Future businesses that work with ChowNow will offer integration from the beginning.
The move will hopefully serve as a win-win for everyone involved. 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
Ever since Google Now became a thing, I've used the hell out of Google search on my phone. Need to find a gas station? "Ok Google, where's the closest gas station?" Trying to find someplace I've never been before? "OK Google, navigate to <address>." You know, common stuff that just makes sense.
Now, Google is making it easier to find a restaurant near you, which includes a new "filter" option that lets the user define certain criteria, like price, rating, hours, and type of cuisine. Here's how it works: fire up your phone and say the hotword ("OK Google" on Nexus devices, "OK Google Now" on the Moto X) and tell it to find restaurants in your location. Read More
Anyone looking to have food delivered to their doorstep has plenty of options these days, and you don't have to fire up Yelp (or dial a phone number, psh) to do so. Foodler is another online delivery service that has made its way over to Android. The app connects you to local restaurants, some of which may not deliver on their own, and might just save you money in the process. With a bright orange, holo-friendly UI, it won't offend your phone or tablet to give this one a shot.
That said, Foodler might just offend your appetite. Depending on where you live, there aren't many options to choose from. Read More
You know what sucks? The outdoors. All those people, the light, the strange sounds – no thanks. But you can only subsist on delivery food for so long. Postmates is a service that promises deliveries of just about anything you want, and there's a new Android app to go with the service. The catch is that you can only use Postmates in San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and Washington DC for the time being.
What do you do when you arrive in a new city and want to know what to do? I'm sure there are plenty of possible answers, but the correct one is to fire up Yelp. In the US, it's just hard to find a competing platform that offers the sheer depth and functionality that the service offers. Yelp displays discounts, allows user to make reservations, has Open Table integration, and - my personal favorite - gives quick access to addresses. The latest update to Yelp makes it even easier to discover what's going on locally with a redesigned Nearby page. Here's the before and after. Read More