There is no shortage of apps these days; we have a dedicated app for most of our daily work. Keeping in mind the growing influence of apps in our lives, Google has come up with a new app that will help us with day-to-day work, named as Google Areo.
Google Areo is a hyper-local app geared with thousands of services including restaurant delivery and home services. Google touts that Areo will help users in scheduling their visits for any local service and pay for it within the app. Not just booking for services, users will also get to see customer reviews for the service, which will help them in selecting a suitable service provider.
The app is currently operational in a few Indian cities, but Google might bring the service to the US too. In India, the app is letting users order for food from nearby restaurants and also schedule deliveries for it. Besides, they can also book other home utility services like electricians, painters, cleaners, plumbers, and more. It was first spotted in action by AndroidSoul.
Areo got listed on Google Play on April 12 and in the listing, Google has briefly explained its working. The idea behind Areo is to bring all food delivery and home utility services under the same app. For restaurants, it also offers a variety of options to the users such as filtering results by selecting vegetarian food, it will only show vegetarian restaurants. Users can also book for other services and pay within the app via netbanking, card payment, and cash on delivery.
In simpler terms, Google is just acting as a curator here. It is not running any of the services, but it is presenting these services under one app to offer ease to users. Google is working closely with the service providers. In India, the company has partnered with service curators like UrbanClap and Zimmber for home utility services and Freshmenu, Box8 and Faasos for food delivery services.
For in-app payments, Google has collaborated with TimesofMoney’s DirecPay. Surprisingly, the app does not support Google's own Android Pay. Currently, Google has not monetized the app, which means that it has not started charging service providers yet.
Google Express in the US
This is not the first time Google has come up with such app. In the US, the company operates rapid-delivery service Google Express in the US, and it has stores like Costco, Walgreens, Toys R Us, Petsmart, Whole Foods, Walgreens, and others.
The Areo app is currently listed on the Play Store, but is limited to certain cities in India. Google has not revealed its plans for launching the service in other regions outside of India.