The interesting Square Order app is getting even smarter. Version 2.0 recently arrived on the App Store and ushers in arrival prediction technology.
A Square blog post describes how the technology works with a combination of GPS and Bluetooth LE:
Scenario: You accidentally slept in and are running late for your 9 a.m. You really don’t want to forgo your morning coffee ritual, but standing in line at your favorite shop isn’t an option. Good thing you don’t have to. Square Order lets you place an order in just a few taps from anywhere (like, as you’re rushing to your car), and pick it up whenever you’re ready. How does this magic work? With first-of-its-kind arrival prediction technology, Square Order can tell when you’re close and alert the coffee shop to set your order in motion. When you arrive, it’ll be fresh, hot, and ready on the counter. No need to pay or tap — that’s already been taken care of in the app. Just pick it up and be on your way.
You can give arrival prediction a try at a number of coffee shops in New York City and San Francisco, including Blue Bottle.
Along with an updated design, the app will now remember your favorite selections to make ordering even quicker and easier. Users can also take a look at travel time estimates to businesses and even cancel their orders if they change their mind.
Designed for the iPhone/iPod touch Square Order can be downloaded now from the App Store for free. The service is only available in those two cities.
The app originally arrived back in May after payment company Square quietly pulled its Wallet app. It allows shoppers to place an order with a participarting vendor and then receive a notification when it is ready to pickup.
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