Google now lets you order food without a delivery app

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Starting today, you can now order food directly from Google Search, Google Maps, or Google Assistant. 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 downloading an additional app, or even visiting their website.

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.

Google Assistant can also take your order, and even supports reordering past selections.
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The Google Assistant implementation on iOS and Android phones works in a similar way. You start the process by asking Google to order food from a specific restaurant, before selecting a delivery service and making your food selections through Google’s interface. Alternatively you can ask Google’s voice assistant to repeat a previous order if you don’t want to deal with the indecision of choosing what to order. There’s no mention of whether this feature is available through Google Assistant smart speakers or, more usefully, Google smart displays.

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. Major delivery services like Uber Eats, Deliveroo, Grubhub, and Just Eat are currently missing from Google’s roster.

This is just the latest in a string of restaurant-related features that Google has recently added to its apps and services. The most well known of these is Google Duplex, a (mostly) automated voice assistant that’s able to call up restaurants on your behalf and make reservations. It’s ambitious, but so far it’s been met with limited success. At this year’s Google I/O, the company also demoed a new piece of Google Lens functionality that allows you to point your camera at a restaurant’s menu and see reviews from Google Maps.

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" DoorDash, Postmates, and ChowNow, and means you can order from any of them without having to downloading an additional app, or even visiting their website."
does this also means you can order without creating an account on these websites?

It probably works like google express. You use your google account .

My success rate with Postmates is about 1 in 4 and it’s almost always an involved process to get support. Hope you can pick your service provider…

I had a GrubHub delivery driver tell the support operator they knocked on the door, said the order was for me and gave it to the woman at the door. (I’m a single man, there is no lady in my home but me) my neighbor is a man and my best friend who lives beneath me? A man. GrubHub refunded me the money, but whoever the driver was got away with the money, my food and a tip.

You still tipped them?

I wish it showed you which service has the cheapest delivery at the end so you could choose that way.

That’s literally what the first video shows.

let me guess only US? Never heard about these companies in Germany. Really would be awesome if the Verge could include such information in their article’s. Your audience are not only US.

"- hey google, can you order a venti latte from Starbucks ?"
"- okay, ordering twenty lattes from Tardschmux"
"- noooOOO"

This is Google, not Siri

Personally, I wouldn’t order from any service that demands an app download

Google just knows that you are hungry and what you want to eat, and provides it without you having to ask.

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