Originally posted on Gigaom:
One of the most broken experiences at a restaurant is paying for the check. After flagging down a waiter, I have to wait until they can bring me the bill. Then it’s another wait to give them my credit card and then one more interaction to sign the bill before I can leave.
That’s why I’ve been excited about Tabbedout, an Austin, Texas startup that has been trying to speed up the process of paying at a restaurant or bar using a smartphone. The company has been signing up restaurants that use its mobile app to help customers open up a tab on their phone and then check out with a stored credit card. Now, it’s letting restaurants that have their own mobile app easily embed the Tabbedout experience with a mobile SDK for iOS (s aapl) and Android (s goog). This way customers aren’t forced to use Tabbedout’s app.
Tabbedout in April integrated its payment technology into T.G.I.F’s Friday’s app, which was the first time it offered its mobile payments in another app. With the mobile SDK, other restaurants can drop in Tabbedout’s payment framework into their app, which can communicate securely with Tabbedout’s infrastructure.