TIME Wireless

T-Mobile Will Let You Upgrade Your Phone Whenever You Want

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Steve Sands John Legere CEO of T-Mobile announces the company's new plans on March 18, 2015 in New York City.

New plan grants customers three upgrades a year with no additional cost

T-Mobile has been wreaking havoc on the wireless industry for two years with disruptive customer deals that upset the tradition of binding two-year contracts. Now the company has another new initiative that its larger competitors may be forced to respond to.

On Thursday, T-Mobile announced Jump! On Demand, a new initiative that will let users upgrade their smartphones up to three times a year without having to pay any additional fees. Customers can get their first phone on the plan for $0 down, then pay a monthly fee toward the purchase of the new phone. When ready for a new phone, a customer can trade in their current device for another one at no cost.

Rates for the monthly payment plan vary, but an initial promotion will let customers get an iPhone 6 with a payment plan of $15 per month when they trade in their old smartphone. These phone payment rates are in addition to the cost of the wireless plan.

There is some fine print. T-Mobile has an older Jump! plan that charges a $10 per month fee but includes perks such as phone insurance. This new plan has no fee, but no insurance. The payment plan also is part of an 18-month lease, and after a year and a half, customers must either upgrade to a new phone or pay the balance on their current phone to purchase the device outright.

Still, for people who are constantly eager to upgrade, the offering is an affordable way to always have the latest and greatest device. It’s also more flexible than offerings by T-Mobile’s competitors aimed at frequent upgraders.

Jump! Unlimited kicks off on June 28 at participating physical T-Mobile stores.

MONEY mobile service

The Best Cellphone Plans of 2015

MONEY found the right plan, at the right price, for every type of cellphone user.

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Getting hit with data overage charges? Is your family’s cellphone bill busting your budget? Now you can land a better, cheaper smartphone plan. After studying more than 70 plans from 10 different wireless carriers, we picked the best plans for every kind of user.

For a more personalized recommendation based on your specific needs, check out MONEY’s Cellphone Plan Picking Tool.

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  • Best For Light Users

    Ryan Snook

    Best for individuals:
    Boost Mobile Data Boost 1GB

    Best for families:
    Virgin Mobile Wi-Fi Lovers Delight

    Individual Plan: Boost Mobile Data Boost 1GB Family Plan: Virgin Mobile Wi-Fi Lovers Delight
    Monthly service bill $35 $80 ($20 each for four plans)
    Two-year cost with phones $1,390 $3,920
    Can you bring a phone? Sprint only No
    Data 1GB Wi-Fi only
    Data overage? Speed slows Not applicable
    Network Sprint 3G/4G LTE Sprint 3G/4G LTE
    Why it wins Don’t need the bells and whistles of a data-driven plan? This is our pick for bare-bones functions like talk and text, as well as data to cover basic email needs. If you have a data-heavy month, your speeds will be reduced, but you won’t be charged extra. Virgin Mobile is the only carrier here offering sub-$100 service for four lines. Downsides: Each user has only 300 monthly talk minutes (all other plans are unlimited), cellular data isn’t included, and you can’t get an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S6. But customer satisfaction ratings are high.
    You should also know … An iPhone 6 is $100 cheaper than at other carriers. The two-year cost includes a $500 Samsung Galaxy S5 for each user.
    Runner-up The MetroPCS $30/Month plan offers similar options and features for $5 less per month, but iPhones aren’t available. Want an iPhone and just a wee bit of cellular data? T-Mobile Simple Choice offers the iPhone 6 and 1GB per line for $100 a month.
    Methodology: For all plans we added up the cost of two years of service and a 16BG iPhone 6 for each user (or a Samsung Galaxy S6 if the iPhone wasn’t offered). We looked at both 2-year service contracts and non-contract plans. Family plans are priced for four lines. Winners were chosen on the basis of price, plan features, and ratings for network quality, and customer satisfaction.
  • Best for Typical Users

    Ryan Snook

    Best for individuals:
    Cricket Basic

    Best for families:
    Cricket Basic with Group Save Discount

    Individual Plan: Cricket Basic Family Plan: Cricket Basic With Group Save Discount
    Monthly service bill $40 $100
    Two-year cost with phones $1,610 $5,000
    Can you bring a phone? Yes Yes
    Data 2.5GB 2.5GB on each line
    Data overage? Speed slows Speed slows
    Network AT&T 4G LTE AT&T 4G LTE
    Why it wins Cricket uses AT&T’s network, so you get Big Four coverage for only $40 a month. That amount drops to $35 if you enroll in an autopay program. Though the carrier doesn’t offer the iPhone 6, it does have an iPhone 5c, along with other smart and basic phones. The price includes taxes and fees. By offering big discounts when you add other lines, Cricket is also a good deal for the entire family. If you’re worried that 2.5GB isn’t meeting your data needs, you can add 1GB to a line for only $10 per month. As with the individual plan, taxes and fees are included, and an iPhone 6 isn’t offered.
    You should also know … Get a Galaxy S6 for $0 down with a phone payment plan. Sign up for four lines, and service for a fifth phone comes free.
    Runner-up For $5 less a month, get the iPhone 6 with Boost Mobile’s $35 Data Boost Up plan. ­Video streaming, however, can be limited to a slow 3G. Sprint’s Family Share Pack lets you share 8GB of data for $130 a month.
    Methodology: For all plans we added up the cost of two years of service and a 16BG iPhone 6 for each user (or a Samsung Galaxy S6 if the iPhone wasn’t offered). We looked at both 2-year service contracts and non-contract plans. Family plans are priced for four lines. Winners were chosen on the basis of price, plan features, and ratings for network quality, and customer satisfaction.
  • Best for Bargain Hunters

    Ryan Snook

    Best for individuals:
    Sprint $60 Unlimited

    Best for families:
    Cricket Pro with Group Save Discount

    Individual Plan: Sprint $60 Unlimited Family Plan: Cricket Pro With Group Save Discount
    Monthly service bill $60 $160
    Two-year cost with phones $2,090 $6,440
    Can you bring a phone? Yes Yes
    Data Unlimited 10GB on each line
    Data overage? None Speed slows
    Network Sprint 4G LTE AT&T 4G LTE
    Why it wins “Sprint is positioning itself as the value leader,” says FierceWireless editor Phil Goldstein. Savings, he says, can be even greater than promised by Sprint’s Cut Your Bill in Half promotion. Save further over two years by leasing an iPhone 6 for $20 a month instead of buying one. The 10GB of high-speed data per month should be more than enough for the heaviest users. Anything more would be “a bit extreme,” says Kirk Parsons, senior director of telecom services at J.D. Power.
    You should also know … Sprint will pay your early-termination fee if you hand in your old phone. Get service on a fifth line for another $20 per month.
    Runner-up If Sprint’s network is slow in your area, you can get a $60 Unlimited plan (but no iPhone) from MetroPCS. If you want an iPhone 6, you can go with Sprint’s Unlimited Family plan for an extra $20 a month.
    Methodology: For all plans we added up the cost of two years of service and a 16BG iPhone 6 for each user (or a Samsung Galaxy S6 if the iPhone wasn’t offered). We looked at both 2-year service contracts and non-contract plans. Family plans are priced for four lines. Winners were chosen on the basis of price, plan features, and ratings for network quality, and customer satisfaction.
  • Best for Power Users

    Ryan Snook

    Best for individuals:
    Verizon More Everything 6GB with Verizon Edge

    Best for families:
    AT&T Mobile Share Value 20GB with AT&T Next 18

    Individual Plan: Verizon More Everything 6GB With Verizon Edge Family Plan: AT&T Mobile Share Value 20GB With AT&T Next 18
    Monthly service bill $85 $210
    Two-year cost with phones $2,690 $7,640
    Can you bring a phone? Yes No
    Data 6GB 20GB shared
    Data overage? $15 per GB $15 per GB
    Network Verizon 4G LTE AT&T 4G LTE
    Why it wins The RootMetrics mobile analytics firm ranks Verizon first in the nation in overall network performance, reliability, and speed. “Particularly when you talk about the
    advanced technology—4G, 4G LTE—their coverage tends to be broader,” says Parsons.
    AT&T invented “rollover” plans back when users were afraid of getting overage charges for talking too long. Now that data is capped, not talk, you can roll unused gigabytes over to the next month. That can come in handy if the kids decide they want a Star Wars marathon.
    You should also know … New subscribers receive a $100 bill credit for activating a smartphone on Edge. Should you get tired of your phone, you can upgrade it after 18 months.
    Runner-up A two-year contract with AT&T at $110 a month gets you 6GB of data. And AT&T is No. 1 in customer satisfaction, says J.D. Power. Don’t need rollover data? Verizon’s More Everything With Verizon Edge is just $200 a month for 20GB.
    Methodology: For all plans we added up the cost of two years of service and a 16BG iPhone 6 for each user (or a Samsung Galaxy S6 if the iPhone wasn’t offered). We looked at both 2-year service contracts and non-contract plans. Family plans are priced for four lines. Winners were chosen on the basis of price, plan features, and ratings for network quality, and customer satisfaction.
  • Best for Frequent Upgraders

    Ryan Snook

    Best for individuals:
    Sprint Family Share Pack 2GB with 12-Month Term Lease

    Sprint Family Share Pack 2GB With 12-Month Term Lease
    Monthly service bill $80 (includes phone lease)
    Two-year cost with phones $1,920
    Can you bring a phone? No
    Data 2GB
    Data overage? 1.5¢ per MB
    Network Sprint 4G LTE
    Why it wins An early upgrade plan “is not necessarily financially the best option for everyone,” says Tara Donnelly, U.S. editor at plan comparison site WhistleOut. “But if you like to update your phone regularly, it’s not a bad idea.” Sprint will lease you an iPhone 6 for $30 a month and upgrade you to a new model after a year, costing you 45% less than buying two new iPhones outright. To keep either phone, though, you’ll have to pay extra once its year is up.
    You should also know … Lease an iPhone 6 Plus for $35 a month.
    Runner-up Even if you choose half the data of Sprint’s plan, AT&T Next 12 is more expensive. But AT&T often has first dibs on the newest phones.
    Methodology: For all plans we added up the cost of two years of service and a 16BG iPhone 6 for each user (or a Samsung Galaxy S6 if the iPhone wasn’t offered). We looked at both 2-year service contracts and non-contract plans. Family plans are priced for four lines. Winners were chosen on the basis of price, plan features, and ratings for network quality, and customer satisfaction.
  • Best for Technology Recyclers

    Ryan Snook

    Best for individuals:
    Straight Talk Unlimited Bring Your Own Phone Promotion

    Straight Talk Unlimited Bring Your Own Phone Promotion
    Monthly service bill $45
    Two-year cost with phones $1,080
    Can you bring a phone? It’s required
    Data 5GB
    Data overage? Speed slows
    Network Multiple 4G LTE
    Why it wins Bring your own device to Straight Talk and get 5GB for $45 a month, or $41.25 if you pay for a year upfront—remarkably low prices. Just call your old carrier and ask it to “unlock” your phone from its network, and then go to straighttalkbyop.com to see if your phone is compatible. Straight Talk says phones from AT&T and T-Mobile should work, as should most Verizon and Sprint phones.
    You should also know … An activation kit or SIM card for getting started runs $5.
    Runner-up If you’ll never use close to 5GB of data and have an AT&T or a T-Mobile phone, move it to Cricket Basic and get 2.5GB of data for $40 a month.
    Methodology: For all plans we added up the cost of two years of service and a 16BG iPhone 6 for each user (or a Samsung Galaxy S6 if the iPhone wasn’t offered). We looked at both 2-year service contracts and non-contract plans. Family plans are priced for four lines. Winners were chosen on the basis of price, plan features, and ratings for network quality, and customer satisfaction.
  • Best for Data-Hungry Teens

    Ryan Snook

    Best for families:
    T-Mobile Simple Choice 1GB and 5GB Combined

    T-Mobile Simple Choice 1GB and 5GB Combined
    Monthly service bill $140
    Two-year cost with phones $5,960
    Can you bring a phone? Yes
    Data Two lines have 1GB; two have 5GB
    Data overage? Speed slows
    Network T-Mobile 4G LTE
    Why it wins Maybe this describes your family: Mom and Dad need less than a gigabyte, but the kids are sucking up way more data per month. With this plan, data allotments are segregated; if ­Junior’s goes over his allowance, his data is slowed, but no one else’s is. Plus, music streamed via Pandora, Spotify, and more than two dozen ­other services won’t count against your children’s data usage.
    You should also know … You can roll over unused data on the 5GB lines.
    Runner-up If 5GB still isn’t enough, give two kids unlimited lines for just $160 a month.
    Methodology: For all plans we added up the cost of two years of service and a 16BG iPhone 6 for each user (or a Samsung Galaxy S6 if the iPhone wasn’t offered). We looked at both 2-year service contracts and non-contract plans. Family plans are priced for four lines. Winners were chosen on the basis of price, plan features, and ratings for network quality, and customer satisfaction.
  • MONEY’s Plan Picking Tool

    Ryan Snook

    For a more personalized recommendation based on your specific plan needs, check out our Cellphone Plan Picking Tool.

TIME apps

Now You Can Use Skype Right in a Web Browser

The video chat service said hundreds of millions wanted it

The Microsoft-owned Skype announced Friday that Skype for Web, which puts the popular video chat service in a web browser, is now available in beta mode to users in the United States and United Kingdom.

“Now, anyone going to Skype.com (or web.skype.com) in the U.S. and U.K. can sign in and connect to Skype for Web to get to their conversations in an instant without downloading the Skype app,” according to a company blog post.

Skype says the new feature is especially helpful for those who sign-in on Skype from a mobile phone, but also want to access calls and instant messages easily. It could also be helpful for people using computers at an Internet cafe or hotel without Skype downloaded, the company says.

“Skype for Web is an important step for Skype as we move towards implementing the technology to make Real-Time Communications (RTC) on the web a reality,” the company continued. “But just as importantly, we’re doing it because the hundreds of millions of people that visit Skype.com every month told us they want to call and IM when they visit our website.”

The service is expected to be rolled out around the world in the next few weeks, according to Skype.

Earlier in June, users found a bug that could crash Skype – and it was only eight characters long.

TIME Samsung

Samsung Accidentally Posted Everything About Its Newest S6 Phone

Newest Innovations In Consumer Technology On Display At 2015 International CES
David Becker—Getty Images A general view of the Samsung booth at the 2015 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It isn't even the first time information has leaked about the device

Information about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 “Active,” a more rugged version of its flagship Galaxy S6, has leaked online, 9to5Google reports.

Samsung US appears to have posted the entirety of the S6 Active’s user manual online, although the new Galaxy smartphone has yet to be officially announced. The manual has since been taken down.

9to5Google reports that the phone’s manual is 108 pages long and includes detailed information about the phone’s features. This isn’t the first time that information has leaked about the Galaxy S6 Active — there have been past image leaks of press renders as far back as last month.

According to the leaked manual, the S6 Active will have a 5.1 inch display, 32GB of storage and 16MP and 5MP rear- and front-facing cameras, respectively.

Investment bank Oppenheimer released a research note last month arguing Samsung is “placing a wrong bet” on its Galaxy S6 flagship as sales have been dipping in recent months.

TIME eBay

The 1 Unexpected Trick to Selling Your Stuff on Ebay

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Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images The ebay Inc. logo and website are arranged for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

Using eBay's mobile app can save you time while you still make big bucks

It’s that time of year again. Folding tables are sprouting up in driveways all over the U.S., because yard sale season has arrived once more. But selling your old junk on the side of the road is no way to maximize your returns — that’s best done online. And when it comes to second-hand sales, eBay is still first-rate in a crowded marketplace of e-commerce sites.

“EBay is great to sell used products, one-of-a kind items, antiques, or items that are broken,” says Jordan Malik, author of The Free eBay Products Worth Thousands That You Can Sell Today.

Wait, broken items? Yes indeed — even your junk can rake in dough online, says the award-winning Amazon merchant who’s also been selling on eBay for more than 15 years. “Believe it or not, there’s a huge marketplace for broken electronics for spare parts,” says Malik.

But there’s one key difference between power-sellers like Malik and poor packrats like the rest of us: they don’t hesitate when posting a product for sale.

“People are hesitant to use eBay because of the complexity of putting up a product,” says Malik, adding that sitting down at a computer, picking out a design template, and typing up snappy copy can be a drag. Instead, Malik uses eBay’s mobile app to advertise his goods for sale. “That has made it so much easier to take a photo and list a product,” he says. “They really dumbed down the process.”

The popularity of eBay’s app is changing the game for sellers like Malik. Last year, sales from mobile devices accounted for around one-fifth of the e-commerce site’s total. And, crucially, eBay’s mobile users don’t see the bolded fonts or color-shaded listings that desktop buyers do. That’s why Malik doesn’t bother with these window-dressing details.

“They need to read a description and see the photos clearly to make the buying decision,” he says.

When selling his stuff, Malik uses his smartphone to take photos of the product, uploading the pictures through the eBay app where he also dictates a description of the gear using the voice-to-text feature. From the smartphone’s camera to its microphone, handheld technology has dramatically eliminated the barriers to posting products online.

“In five minutes or less, I’ve got the listing live,” he says. Malik admits that later on, he may fire up the laptop to edit or add more to the description, but that’s not necessary to closing a sale. “There’s plenty of people who just do mobile period and they do just fine,” he says.

As for what sells best on eBay, that’s similarly surprising. You might expect big ticket items in demand by everyone — like cellphones or electronics — to start bidding wars on the auction website. But Malik says niche products tend to sell just as well. For instance, if you have size 15 shoes, get them posted, because someone with big feet will likely come across your listing before they stroll up your front walk.

“If you have 20 used men’s shirts that are 18 1/2s with 35/36 sleeves, selling them together in a bundle will bring you a lot more than they will at a yard sale,” says Malik. And if you’re undecided about what’s more important — freeing yourself from clutter or weighing down your pockets with a chunk of change — this method will have you covered on both.

TIME Google

Google’s Secret to Doubling Your Phone’s Battery Life

An attendee takes a photograph prior to the Google I/O Annual Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, May 28, 2014. Google Inc. executives are taking the stage this week to talk about a plethora of new technologies, including automobiles, home automation, digital TV, Web-connected devices and a new version of Android. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
David Paul Morris—© 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP An attendee takes a photograph prior to the Google I/O Annual Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, May 28, 2014.

New version of Android shuts down processes in certain apps to stem battery drain

Google is aiming to give your phones and tablets a little more juice to make it through the day without dying.

At its annual I/O developers conference Thursday, the company announced a new power-conservation feature in its upcoming mobile operating system Android M. Called “Doze,” the new feature uses motion sensors to detect when a device hasn’t been moved for an extended period. Android will then automatically shut down processes for certain power-hogging apps, which should significantly extend the device’s battery life.

When testing the feature, Google said a Nexus 9 tablet running Doze on Android M had a battery life twice as long as the same device using the older Android L operating system.

The new feature won’t turn your phone into a total paperweight. Users will still be alerted to alarms and high-priority messages even when the phone or tablet is dozing.

TIME Apple

Everything We Know About Apple’s New iPhone Software

Get ready for split-screen views, transit routes and lowkey shade delivered via iMessage

The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system is almost here.

The company is expected to unveil iOS 9 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. A new iOS update isn’t quite a big deal as a new iPhone, but the announcements can often be substantial–iOS 7 brought us a completely revamped mobile interface, while iOS 8 featured a health activity tracker and improved predictive keyboard.

Here’s what’s rumored to be in the works for Apple’s iOS 9:

A New Font

Apple is reportedly planning to dump the Helvetica font it’s been using since iOS 8 in favor of a San Francisco font that’s currently in use on the Apple Watch. The font was chosen for Apple Watch specifically because it’s readable on small screens.

A “Home” app for connected devices

In iOS 8 Apple added HomeKit, a framework that helps users control connected devices in their home. Now the company is working on a user-friendly app called “Home” that will let users more easily control disparate devices from a single interface. Among the features rumored to be part of the Home app are virtual rooms that let users easily detect which parts of their house have which connected devices. However, 9to5Mac warns that the featureset so far is fairly limited so the app may not be ready for a public debut in June.

Improved Apple Maps

Apple is finally planning to add subway and bus routes to its Maps app, a feature that’s been available in Google Maps for years. The initial rollout may be limited to just a handful of cities globally, including New York and San Francisco. The company is also using Roomba-sized robots to develop indoor maps of buildings and landmarks, though that feature won’t necessarily be ready for iOS 9.

Dual-app viewing for iPad

Apple wants to give iPads the ability to run two apps side-by-side. The split-screen functionality is already available in tablets by Samsung and Microsoft, so it would be a welcome addition to Apple’s device. The new mode could allow users to resize an app to take up one-third, one-half or two-thirds of the screen.

The iPhone 4S may still be supported

The iPhone 4S is close to four years old, which is an eternity in the world of mobile tech. However, Apple is expected to continue supporting the still-popular device with iOS 9. In fact, according to 9to5Mac, Apple is changing its software development process to ensure that iOS 9 runs better on old iPhones and iPads than iOS 8 did.

Contact-specific read receipts

Passive-aggressive texters, rejoice! Apple is apparently tweaking iMessage to let you choose which of your contacts you share read receipts with. Drake is probably really excited.

A Google Now Competitor

Apple may be planning to expand its digital assistant capabilities beyond Siri with a new personalized interface code-named Proactive. The menu, which would likely be located left of the main home screen, would integrate information from a user’s calendar, Passbook and other apps to provide daily itineraries. Proactive could remind you to call your mother each week for instance, or automatically pull up directions to your office each morning. The similarity is similar to Google Now, which is available for Android phones.

TIME Mobile

Here’s the 1 Trick to Getting People to Like Your Photos

Flickr study shows that filters increase engagement

Are you the kind of person who proudly attaches a #NoFilter hashtag to your photos online so that people know the pictures are authentic? Well, you’re missing out on a whole lot of likes, comments and other Millennial manna.

And now there’s data to prove it.

Researchers at Yahoo, in partnership with a professor at Georgia Tech, have published a new study analyzing how filters impact engagement on Yahoo’s photo-sharing site Flickr. According to the study, filtered photos are 21% more likely to be viewed than non-filtered photos and 45% more likely to be commented on. Photos with filters that project warm colors tend to drive more engagement than cooler filters (though we’re unconvinced anyone ever “likes” photos filtered with Kelvin, the overly orange tint available on Instagram)

By interviewing photographers, researchers also discovered different motivations for using filters. Serious photographers use filters to correct coloring errors or bring attention to specific objects. More casual photo-takers, meanwhile, use filters as a means of personalization or to achieve a general “vintage” feel.

While the study focused on Flickr users, it’s safe to say the findings apply to Instagram as well—in fact, more than half of the photos researchers analyzed had been cross-posted from Instagram to Flickr. So next time you’re trying to ensure that your latest picture will get that coveted 11th like, embrace the filter (but again, please, don’t use Kelvin).

TIME Mobile

Why Tweets Are About to Dominate Your Google Searches

The Twitter logo displayed on a mobile device.
Bethany Clarke—Getty Images The Twitter logo is displayed on a mobile device.

The two tech companies are cozying up

On Tuesday, Google announced that it is partnering with Twitter to make tweets searchable on mobile devices. The new feature will become available on the English version of Google.com, the Android and iOS versions of Google’s search app, and on mobile browsers.

“It’s a great way to get real-time info when something is happening,” writes Google senior product manager Ardan Arac in a company blog post. “And it’s another way for organizations and people on Twitter to reach a global audience at the most relevant moments.”

Google had previously gained access to Twitter’s so-called firehose, the stream of real-time posts uploaded to the social network, earlier this year—rekindling a failed partnership from several years ago.

A post on Google’s official blog shows what the new feature will look like. It demonstrates a search for “nasa twitter”:

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Courtesy Google

The deal could signal more partnerships between the two to come. It looks like the two are hitting it off already:

For more on Google and Twitter’s partnership watch:

http://fortune.com/video/2015/02/05/how-the-google-search-deal-could-be-a-boon-for-twitter/

TIME Mobile

You Can Now Order Food Right From Google Search

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Google Google Food

Google continues to add more functionality to mobile searches

Google is making it even easier to be a lazy eater.

Starting Friday, users will be able to order food directly from a Google search. Users who search for nearby restaurants on their phones will see a “Place an order” option in the information card that appears in the search results. Select that button and you’ll have the option of going directly to the restaurant’s page on one of six food-ordering sites: Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu and MyPizza.com.

Google says it plans to add more options in the future.

Embedding more functionality in mobile searches makes sense for Google, which has seen its search dominance put under pressure by the emergence of single-purpose apps. Instead of using Google to find restaurants, for example, users might use Yelp’s app. The tech giant is doing everything it can to make sure Google search results are a kind of one-stop-shop that lets users execute many different types of actions, including ordering lunch.

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