Greasy fingers: McDonald's outlets across the UK install Samsung tablets for customers

Greasy fingers: McDonald's outlets across the UK install Samsung tablets for customers
For the past year, various McDonald's managements from different parts of the world have shown some interest in becoming modern tech-friendly, probably in hopes to better appeal to the younger, smartphone-savvy crowd. The chain has installed wireless charging mats in some restaurants, has offered a Happy Meal, which converts into a Cardboard VR goggle set, and now – most of its restaurants in the UK will gear up with Samsung Galaxy tablets.

The slates will be running a software suite developed by mobile software company SOTI, and it will reportedly allow users to browse the Web, social media, or play games, while they are chugging on their Big Mac. It is unknown which model Galaxy tablets are going to be installed, but we'd wager a guess that it's not going to be the flagship Galaxy Tab S2.

McDonald's head of IT Doug Baker said that this is a part of an "Experience of the Future" program, which should "bring us closer to the way people live their lives today", though, that sounds a bit paradoxical. SOTI managing director for Europe and South Africa, Nassar Hussain, added that the program is met with praise by customers, as the tablet project rolls out to more and more restaurants. According to McDonald's, this move introduces contemporary interior designs, and enables a more enjoyable and personalised experience for every customer.

source: PCR via Android Headlines



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Makes sense. MickeyD's quality is as good as Samsung's tablets.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@Ninetysix That's the best thing I've heard in a long time...! Yes, MickeyD is no match for KFC... And Sammy is no match for a Google Pixel C...! Bravo!

8. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That would make the iPad the frozen White Castle sliders in the supermarket.

2. engineer-1701d unregistered

cough cough hater lol; what would like to see ipads that crash and take out everything internal like American Airlines, and school systems, thats why apples lost the tablet war they pulled the ipads from schools and air liners

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They've had Samsung tabs in the McDonald's for ages now.

6. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I was thinking this too? They've had Sammy tablets in every one I go to for about two (maybe three) years

4. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I see more and more touch screen based devices in restaurants these days. My question is do they ever clean the screens and how often? Who wants to eat a meal and then touch the same screen of the last 100 people that sat at that table? I rarely let anyone touch my cellphone and I clean it often.

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@isprobi I've been thinking the very same thing! I NEVER EVER receive a call during a meal! I don't even glance at the screen to see who's calling! And I sure as hell don't play Angry Birds, send texts, snap selfies or tweet about: "Hey, I'm having a meal @ McDonalds" Cause I HATE McDonald as much as I hate Ms. Kim K*********.... Brits... I thought they're a tad wiser than Yankees... Guess I've been living a fantasy after all...! Long live The Aussie Land! G'Day!

13. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Who needs a tablet in Aussie Land just put the bill on a boomerang and throw it to the customer then they can stick their card or money on it and throw it back. Customers can practice with it while they wait for food. :-)

15. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

What does UK have to do with Aussies? Unless you r implying Aussies are prisoners from UK (nothing against Aussies here ; ) )

17. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah, I keep my phone without any cases, and that thing get alcohol wiped daily... Take a papertowel or towel, spray some rubbing alcohol, and wipe... Maybe, I'm overdoing it, but it keeps me sane...


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

McDonald's.......yuk, nasty food!

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Eating at McDonald's isn't about taste... It's about "THE EXPERIENCE"... Ha! Well, I'm an old fashioned man who cares about nothing but TASTE...! Off to KFC then!


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

They should ban McDonald's, if you know what they are serving to people you will get crazy! For example the fries alone contains 19 ingredients I think, it also contains beef flavor.......and also some kind of silicon agent that is used for breast implants. Leave the chicken nuggets raw for a while you will see it just melts.

12. tyrionTheWise unregistered

More delayed orders since the underpowered tablets will lag and freeze.

14. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

The tablets are for costumers to kill the time while waiting for their orders.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

Chillies has that, and it's like a $.99 or $1.99 to play some lame game on it - "for entertainment"... - NO THANKS! But they're nice to pay as you check out, instead of waiting for waiter, but I still prefer to pay the waiter, leave her cash as tip (old school)... Entertainment on these at McD's will probably cost to play like at Chilli's - I cant think of anyone that has a cellphone now that simply cant get these games on their phone and probably for free... But yeah, germ magnet... at least Chilli's attracts more classy people, McD's will probably get these "tablets" stolen in some areas of the town... LOL...

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