Google launches the Aero app—currently operational in Mumbai and Bengaluru—that aggregates food delivery and home services start-ups in India
Internet giant Google Inc. has quietly launched an app aggregating food delivery and home services in India, categories which have been particularly affected by a slowdown in funding and seen multiple start-ups shut down for want of funds in the recent past.
The Mountain View, California-headquartered company on Thursday launched the Aero app—currently operational in Mumbai and Bengaluru—that aggregates food delivery and home services start-ups in India. Google has partnered with companies such as Box8, Freshmenu and Faasos for food delivery and UrbanClap and Zimmber for home services.
How to use Google Areo app
Using the new Google app is a pretty straightforward experience. Install it from Google Play onto your phone, and the very first screen will show you a map view, and ask you to confirm your location.
Once you’ve made sure that the arrow is pointing to the right place, just tap on Save Location, and you’re taken to the next screen which shows the various services available via Google Areo app.
Here, you can tap on the different categories – Food delivery, Beauty, Home maintenance, and so on – which are represented with large, easy to understand tiles along with text.
In food, you will see a carousel showing the different delivery options, and below that, the items. Icons next to the price show where both cash and online payment options are available.
You can add items from multiple providers into the same cart – so you could add some items from Faasos, and some items from Freshmenu, and a facial from UrbanClap, and order them all together in the Areo app. You can pay via credit or debit cards, netbanking, or opt for cash on delivery. Each service would then undertake the delivery as usual.
The overall experience is very simple, and it certainly is a lot simpler than having to go through multiple apps. If Google can add some more services quickly, then Areo has the potential to actually be quite useful.
Google Areo frees you from having to install a dozen different apps on your phone, most of which do pretty similar functions. How many times have you scrolled through both Swiggy and Zomato Order in order to find the right dinner? And similarly, you’ve probably browsed through both BigBasket and Grofers in order to get your groceries.
Add to that the fact that the app looks good, is fast and uncluttered, and easy to use, and the only thing missing now is more services.
Sources: NDTV, Livemint