In search for food? Google now does more than just find restaurants. In other news, Verizon is partnering with Lyft and Xiaomi makes its way to Brazil.
It has always been surprising to me how unavailable food delivery is in the USA, compared to other countries. Yet we are known for being the lazy gluttons! Either way, things are getting a little better thanks to Google, which now let’s you do more than simply find businesses that deliver.
You can straight up place your order straight from Google Search now! Just search for your favorite food and you will get an option to place an order straight from the results. The only catch is that, initially, it will only be available via a few services. These include Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu and MyPizza.com.
Opinion: I may give this a go when lunch time comes around. I, for sure, am happy these services are becoming more proliferated. I swear it’s so hard to get anything other than Pizza delivered around here.
Verizon is no stranger to strategic partnerships. Today we are seeing Big Red getting very friendly with a very popular ride-sharing app – Lyft. The deal is said to benefit both Verizon subscribers and Lyft drivers. How? Well, the app will soon be pre-installed in select Android handsets, giving more business to Lyft and offering subscribers a good alternative to cabs.
Lyft drivers will likely be the happiest with this deal, as they are getting a pretty nice incentive to join Verizon’s network. Starting Monday, May 11th, Lyft drivers get a Verizon discount, and it applies for both new and existing users.
Opinion: Life as a Lyft driver ain’t easy, guys. And since you do need wireless service to continue working, it makes sense that Verizon is trying to get people on their side.
It’s common knowledge that if a manufacturer is to make it in Latin American, they have to go through Brazil first. Xiaomi currently dominates the Asian market, but they need to start expanding a bit further, and they are about to.
According to Xiaomi vice president Hugo Barra, Brazil will be the first American country they hit. In fact, this is said to happen within the next three months. Brazil would join China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and India.
Barra also states the company is getting ready to make ties with Brzil by offloading some of the manufacturing labor to the Latin American nation.
Opinion: I am sure Xiaomi devices and accessories will be very popular in Brazil. I am also sure they will sell out in minutes, just as they do everywhere else. I mean, it’s jsut so hard to beat their prices and quality.