Google Maps has already rolled out a number of changes to help support businesses during the global novel coronavirus pandemic, but its latest change might be the most useful yet.
As restaurants, coffee shops, and other businesses adapt to the latest guidelines from the Government – which only allow people to leave their homes for an hour of exercise locally to their home, to shop for essentials or medicine, or to go to work if your profession does not allow you to work from home – Google Maps will now highlight eateries with delivery options.
The update is already available on iOS and Android. Beneath the search bar at the top of the app there are now one-tap shortcuts for “delivery” and “takeaway”. Presumably the latter refers to collection deals, which aren’t covered in the very limited Government guidelines about leaving your home, so best stick with the first one.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to order food directly from within Google Maps, unless the business is using a third-party service that is directly integrated into the navigation app, like Deliveroo, DoorDash, Postmates, Slice, and ChowNow.
If you’re hoping to support local businesses during the current public health crisis gripping the UK, Google Maps could be a great way of sniffing out the local restaurants, takeaways and cafes that have now geared their business towards home deliveries in order to boost revenue during the tough lockdown period.
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The feature is currently available in the UK, United States, Canada and France. It will be rolling out to other territories at the moment.
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If you’re fed up of constantly cooking for your entire household, it could be a good way to unearth new food delivery options to your home address.
It’s worth noting that the feature does not yet appear to be available online, so those who prefer to order the Saturday night takeaway on their laptop will have to opt for their phone instead.
Of course, Google Maps on the web still lets you search for individual eateries and check for delivery options in the description of the business.
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