Google’s new app can help with… everything!
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Google’s new app can help with… everything!

Internet giant Google wants to help you free up time in your busy day. At least, that’s one explanation for the quiet release of its multipurpose new app, Areo. Areo is a home services aggregator with a hyper local focus. At the moment, that focus is solely on Bangalore and Mumbai, but there is a strong possibility that it’s one of many new services Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai is testing in the country prior to international rollout.

It works like this: you need a plumber? Or a haircut? Or a takeaway? No problem – using Areo, you can find the service, schedule an appointment or book a service or delivery, pay for it, and go about your day.

A Google spokesperson told Engadget that the company is “constantly experimenting with ways to serve its users in India.” And added that “Areo makes everyday chores and ordering food easier by bringing together useful local services like ordering food or hiring a cleaner in one place.”

Manish Singh, writing in Mashable, speculated that there was a huge number of potential businesses that could use Areo to connect with clients:

“It will be interesting to watch how the arrival of Areo benefits the existing app ecosystem in India tailored to serve local needs,” He wrote. “With Areo, Google is offering a platform that local services such as UrbanClap, Swiggy, Zomato, and Freshmenu could make use of. As of today, however, only a handful of such services are listed on the app.”

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Dominion holds Alphabet, the parent company of Google, in its Global Trends Ecommerce Fund.


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