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Google Search app now allows users in India to order food, book a table

The latest update to Google Search now allows user in India to order food and book a table right from the search results.
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August 9, 2016
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The next time you want to order food or book a table at a restaurant in India, you can just use the Google Search app on Android and iOS. Google has entered into a partnership with Indian service providers that will allow its users in the country to reserve a table at their favorite restaurant or order food right from the search results.

Regular updates to Google Search have been introducing improvements and adding new functions to the feature. For instance, a recent update suggests users the amount of time they should spend at popular locations. Another update now allows users to switch between English and Hindi results.

With the latest update, Indian users can now turn to Google Search to order food, as well as book a table at their favorite restaurant, right from the search results. A search query for a restaurant will now show you if the place is listed on Zomato or Swiggy, along with a “Place an order” button automatically displayed alongside. You’ll also be able to view other information such as the restaurant’s address, timings, and contact details in a widget.

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Upon clicking the “Place an order” button, you’ll be forwarded to the restaurant’s page on Zomato or Swiggy where you can select the dishes in the menu list. If you plan to dine at your favorite restaurant, but don’t like waiting, the new update to Google Search also allows you to book a table in advance from within the Google Search results. All you need to do is click on the Google partner link in the search results to be taken to the respective website and then confirm your reservation.

You can start using the feature right away, but keep in mind that the service is now available only for select restaurants in select locations in India. You can currently access more than 11,000 restaurants across 10 cities in India, including Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Chandigarh. We can expect the availability to continue to extend across India soon though.

For now, you can use the feature to order food only through Swiggy and Zomato, or reserve a table using Bytplus and Dineout, but Google plans to soon add more partners, as well as change the user interface. It’s also worth mentioning that the feature is currently limited to mobile search, but could be rolled out to web searches as well.

If you’ve been able to try out this new and useful feature, do let us know how it has worked for you in the comments section below!