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Google today introduced new shortcuts for its Maps app to make it easier for users to order and take away and deliver food. There is no better time than now. This is the only way most of us can eat out for the foreseeable future. Thats how it works.
The shortcuts are the small options at the top of the map that you see when you open the app. They offer you an easy way to find hotels, petrol or groceries without having to enter the search parameters. It's great because I usually only turn on Google Maps when I'm already in the car and I don't want to endanger my life by typing.
To be clear, with Google Maps you could already search for take-out not the option itself, which is new. The links that were first discovered by 9to5Google are new. Given that everyone is forced to seek shelter in their homes and most restaurants are either closed or just take-away options, it makes sense for Google to focus on delivery options.
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If you need it, you will find the new search filters in the map app here.
When you open the Maps app, center the screen over the area you want to search. Then find the Takeout and Delivery options and choose one. This shows you all the restaurants in your area that currently offer this service.
At some restaurants (if not all) you can order food directly from the Maps app, or a link to GrubHub or another app is created in the You can order.
And that was it! Hopefully this will help you access enough comfort foods to get you through the quarantine and detachment phase. The shortcuts are now available for iOS, iPadOS and Android. Good luck!
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