From today you can now order food directly through Google Search, Google Maps or Google Assistant. The functionality works with partnerships with existing delivery companies such as DoorDash, Postmates and ChowNow, and means that you can order from any of them without having to download an additional app or even visit their website.
In Google Search and Google Maps, the functionality works via a new button & # 39; Order online & # 39; that appears when searching for a supported restaurant. Here you can choose between pick up and delivery and select the service with which you want to order your food. If the restaurant supports this, your order selections are all made entirely via the Google and Google Pay interface.
The implementation of the Google Assistant on iOS and Android phones works in a similar way. You start the process by asking Google to order food at a specific restaurant, before selecting a delivery service and making your food choices through the Google interface. Alternatively, you can ask Google's voting assistant to repeat a previous order if you don't want to deal with the indecisiveness of choosing what you want to order. No mention is made of whether this feature is available through the smart speakers of Google Assistant or, more precisely, the smart view of Google.
The new functionality supports five different delivery services at launch – DoorDash, Postmates, Delivery.com, Slice and ChowNow – and Google says it will add support for Zuppler and others in the future. Large delivery services such as Uber Eats, Deliveroo, Grubhub and Just Eat are currently missing from the Google selection.
This is the newest in a series of restaurant-related functions that Google has recently added to its apps and services. The most famous of these is Google Duplex, an (usually) automated voice assistant that can open restaurants and make reservations on your behalf. It is ambitious, but little success has been achieved so far. At this year's Google I / O, the company also demonstrated a new piece of Google Lens functionality that allows you to point your camera in the menu of a restaurant and view reviews from Google Maps.