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Google releases food-delivery and home services app in India

Google releases food-delivery and home services app in India


It’s only available in two cities for now

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Google’s new app is aiming to roll Seamless and Angie’s List into one. Called Areo, the app allows users to order food delivery and home services from their smartphones, as first spotted by The Android Soul.

Areo lets users search for local restaurants and businesses like electricians, plumbers, and painters, and schedule their deliveries or appointments through the app. It also provides customer reviews of the available companies and eateries. Currently, Areo is only live in Bangalore and Mumbai and on Android devices, so it might be a while before the app is released worldwide, if ever.

Areo is the latest competitor vying to fulfill your quick delivery needs — a space currently filled with the likes of food-focused Seamless, GrubHub, and UberEats, as well as broader-ranging services like Postmates, which offers on-demand deliveries from both stores and restaurants. It’s also not Google’s first foray into scheduling food deliveries — back in 2015, the company added an option to request takeout via delivery apps when searching for nearby restaurants. Between these ever-expanding options and some recent experiments with delivery by semi-autonomous robots, never leaving your couch will only get easier.

There’s no word on whether the app will leave India. The Verge has reached out to Google for comment and will update if we hear back.

UPDATE: Google responded with the following comment: "We are constantly experimenting with ways to better serve our users in India. In this case, Areo makes everyday chores and ordering food easier by bringing together useful local services like ordering food or hiring a cleaner in one place.”