By: Nick Gambino
It’s been a big week for food delivery. First, we caught wind of Uber’s plan to introduce an Uber Eats Pass that allows you to get free delivery for only $10 a month. Now, Google is allowing you to order food delivery directly through the search engine without an app.
What that means is if you’re using Google Search, Google Maps or Google Assistant you’ll have access to food delivery without needing to fire up a separate app or even visit another website. To be clear, you’ll still be using food delivery services like Postmates, DoorDash or Delivery.com, but this makes it a bit easier if you’re finding the restaurant through Google.
What’s for dinner? Order it with Google. 🍽
— Google (@Google) May 23, 2019
Alright, here’s how it works. If you’re using Search or Google Maps and you search for a restaurant like BGR or any other participating establishment, you’ll now see an “Order Online” button. Tap that and you’ll have the option of selecting between pickup or delivery. Next, you’ll pick the delivery service you want to use like DoorDash or Postmates. Then it’s as simple as paying.
Now, if you’re using Google Assistant, it’s a bit of a different animal. In fact, it’s probably easier. If you use Google Assistant on iOS or Android, all you have to say is, “Hey Google order food from Pluck U.” If you want to order something that you’ve had before, then just use your voice to reorder. If you want to order something new, you’re going to want to use the voice-activated assistant to bring up the menu and then you take over from there.
The only downside to the feature is that you’ll need to work with their only payment option which is Google Pay. So if you want the convenience of ordering through Google just make sure you’re set up with their payment service first.
Oh, and in case you are a ride-or-die Uber Eats customer, that delivery service isn’t supported at this time. Though, Google has indicated more delivery options are coming soon.