Amidst the ongoing US-China Trade war, Google seems to be less bothered as it adds a new feature for users
In the latest update, Google wants you to order food directly from its platforms including Google search, Google Map, or Google Assistant if it suits you better. This latest development from the tech giant will stop you from having to use third-party apps to achieve the same purpose.
According to a reliable source, the functionality works using partnerships with existing delivery companies like DoorDash, Postmates, and ChowNow, and means you can order from any of them without having to download an additional app, or even visiting their website. In this case, Google can be considered as the ‘intermediary’ between the user and the third party.
That been said, the functionality of the new feature works differently across the three Google platforms. In Google Search and Google Maps, the functionality works via a new “Order Online” button that will appear when you search for a supported restaurant. From here, you can pick between pickup and delivery, and select which service you want to order your food through. If the restaurant supports it, your ordering selections are all made entirely through Google’s interface and Google Pay.
The new development is available for both iOS and Android, and while both works in a similar way, you will be required to start the process by having to say ‘OK Google’, then followed by other commands like ‘Please order me food from McDonald’s’. However, If you don’t want to go through the long process, then you may have to ask Google Assistant to repeat a previous order, perhaps it’s not the first time of doing such.
For now, it is not clear if the feature for Google Assistant can work on other devices outside the smartphone, let’s say the smart speakers or Display, but considering they also support the AI Assistant feature, there is a possibility for future integration if at all it doesn’t support it right now.
Also, Google informs that orders are currently limited to just five different delivery services at launch — DoorDash, Postmates, Delivery.com, Slice, and ChowNow — and Google says it will add support for others in the future. Major delivery services like Uber Eats, Deliveroo, GrubHub, and Just Eat are currently missing from Google’s roster, however, they are likely the next on the line, considering that the feature is still in the early stage.
This new feature, although not having a name yet is one of the strings of restaurant-related features that Google has added recently, and while the most recent of them is ‘Google Duplex’- a feature that allows you to call up a restaurant and further place an order or reservation. The latest feature will even offer a more seamless service. Google has a lot of work in the pipeline, and it is only a matter of time before they are all unraveled.