Hunger drives innovation. That can be hunger for change, or hunger for more efficient ways of getting things done, but sometimes it's really just hunger — like, for food. Over the years, we've seen Google bring us a number of convenient ways to connect us with a little sustenance, like back at I/O when it detailed how Assistant would take users' food orders. Today we're looking at the latest advancement along these lines, with a fully-integrated ordering system coming to Search on the web. Read More
Google Maps has a new beta peeking out on devices. After a great deal of poking around, the list of changes for the interface is pretty sparse, but as always, there's a ton to discuss from the teardown. There's more from the home screen shortcuts, showtimes with ticket sales, detail fields for food photos, and way more. Read More
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