National restaurant chain Applebee’s has just cut a deal to install 100,000 tablets at tables within at least 1,800 locations. While Chili’s announced a similar move three months ago, this is one of the largest, public tablet deployments within a U.S. company. Applebee’s plans to complete the roll out at all U.S. locations by the end of 2014 and Applebee’s parent company DineEquity is considering launching similar tablets at IHOP locations as well.
The tablets will have 7-inch screens, basically the same size as a Google Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet, and operate on a custom version of Android. The tablets also allow customers to pay for their meal at any time, ideal for anyone in a rush. For families, the tablets will include a variety of video games that can be accessed through a modest fee.