Google's mobile search app now includes a tip calculator

Google's mobile search app now includes a tip calculator
So you've just enjoyed a nice meal at your favorite steakhouse, and this time it is your turn to pay the bill. You're staring at the check and you need to compute the tip, but your math skills have eroded since you failed algebra all those years ago. Everyone is looking at you, wondering what is taking you so long to wrap things up. So you tell them to hold for a second, you're looking at HTC America president Jason Mackenzie's Twitter page. But that is only good for a few seconds. You tell yourself that things were so much easier when 15% was the size of the average restaurant tip, but 18%, well that is just too hard to compute mentally.

Sure, calling up the calculator on your phone would be the thing to do, but that would be so lame in front of all of your tech buddies. And then it hits you. You just read the story on PhoneArena about Google adding a tip calculator to its mobile search app. All you have to do is tap the mic or type in "what's the tip on $225? Of course, you need to specify the percentage that you are tipping. And the tip calculator even will compute how much each person in the party needs to cough up if your splitting the tip.

We know that there are also plenty of tip calculators in the Google Play Store, but when you have a movie to rush to, or just feel your math skills being questioned by your friends or family, it seems easier just to use Google search to do the heavy lifting. The update is being sent out in waves so if it hasn't hit your device yet, it should soon.

source: Google+ via SlashGear



1. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

I'm almost certain that it would just be faster to use the native calculator app and no one would care to think twice if you did.

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If you have friends who laugh at you for having to find out how much an 18% tip is on $225 with a calculator you need to find new friends.

7. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Power/Wake > long press Home > Google search... That's pretty fast

8. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

The thing is if you do a voice search, there's a chance that it won't work or it'll hear you wrong. I wouldn't go with the tip route though, I would just ask Google Now to do a calculation. If you do a google search then after you type in "what is the tip for X dollars," you'll have to toggle some buttons to change it to whatever % and to split it. You could just simply do a google search or use the calculator to do X*some%/100 and divide it by the number of people. Perhaps this feature may come in handy for a consumer who hasn't taken math in a while though... I don't think it's a bad feature but this article makes it seem like it's a game changer.

9. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Also odds are if your in a restaurant where you would need a tip calculator it will have lots of background noise and probably not pick up what you say right.

10. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Try eating in someplace other than Chuckie Cheese. I did a Google voice search (for poker tournament results) in a CASINO today. No problem detecting my voice. Larger issue is the generation that can't do 18% in their head. Really sad. Seriously...put the phone down during meals. 18% is 20% minus 2%. In this example, $225, you take 10% or $22.50 and double it to $45.00, then deduct $4.50 to get a tip of $40.50. In the time it takes to pull out your phone, the intelligent already have the answer.

13. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

The innate ability to think that way comes so in handy!


Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Not bad. I think they should focus on more important things.

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Like what? What would be an important thing that should be on the mind of the Google search team?

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

It needs more cat videos tbh.

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Though that was the youtube team and its endless army of funny cats

11. GeekMovement unregistered

Personally I don't want to speak that kind of question out loud for everyone to hear around me, but I usually estimate anyway depending on the service quality and my mood lol.

12. justme

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

What's this 18%? The standard for decent service now is 20%; hopefully you can figure 10% and double it. If not so good, go with the 10%; even 15% is pretty easy to figure.

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