Starbucks Mobile Apps Let Anyone Order Ahead
Starbucks has expanded the availability of its mobile ordering feature to all 7,400 company-owned stores around the U.S. Starbucks also made the feature available to Android devices for the first time. With Mobile Order & Pay, customers can order and pay for food and drinks from Starbucks on their smartphone. The service supports customizing drinks with special ingredients. The app automatically selects the nearest Starbucks store, though people can select their preferred store if they wish. Mobile ordering has been available in select markets since late last year and has been spreading to more stores slowly. Today's expansion marks the end of the full rollout, nearly three months ahead of schedule. Starbucks says stores that support Mobile Order & Pay have shorter lines, faster service, and more efficient operations. The Starbucks app is free to download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.
Powermat Charging Stations May Soon Require App
Powermat today announced a new "mobile engagement platform" that will allow public charging station providers such as Starbucks to push marketing directly to phones via an app. Companies that choose to deploy the new platform will be able to require users to download and install the app before their phones will charge.
Starbucks Mobile App Users Can Order By Voice
Starbucks today announced two voice-driven features that will let people place orders by speaking rather than typing. Both tools rely on the Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay functionality within the mobile application, which makes it possible for people to place orders via their mobile device before they arrive at their favored Starbucks location.
Starbucks Adds Spotify Music Discovery to Mobile Apps
Starbucks today expanded the scale of its mobile application to include Spotify-backed music discovery. People who visit Starbucks stores will be able to use the Starbucks mobile app to discover what songs are being played in-store and save those songs to a personal Spotify playlist.
Starbucks Debuts Brand New Windows 10 Mobile App
Starbucks today released a new application for Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile platform. The app, available in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, allows Windows users to find stores, manage account details, and make payments.
Verizon Allowing Customers to Send Starbucks Gift Cards via Text
Verizon Wireless today announced that its customers can send Starbucks eGift cards to one another from within the Verizon Messages application. The application lets users pick a background, amount ($5, $10, or $25), and enter a short message.