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Starbucks' app lets UK users pre-order drinks and skip the queue

Matt Brian , @m4tt
10.01.15
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Starbucks first allowed US customers to begin pre-ordering drinks and food at the end of last year, but it took until late last month for it to become available to both iOS and Android users across the country. Meanwhile Brits were left out in the cold. Luckily, the coffee giant has now decided to include the UK, as Mobile Order & Pay has today begun rolling out across 150 of its London stores.

If you're new to Starbucks, it already has a fully-featured app that lets you pay for your order in store and earn rewards for doing so. Mobile Order & Pay comes in a new update, allowing you to select hot/cold drinks and food via its in-app menu. As soon as you've ordered, the app will give you an approximate pickup time, allowing you to rock up, slip past the queue and grab your bits.

While US customers can now order from their Android device in any of Starbucks' 7,000 stores, the "first phase" of the UK trial only lets iOS device owners order ahead. The company reckons you can save between 10 and 15 minutes using this option, giving you more time to savour the real pumpkin in your Pumpkin Spice Latte (hey, we're not judging).

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