The fast food chain will be releasing an update to its app that lets customers in the U.S. skip the line

It seems like you can do anything on your smartphone nowadays, like order school supplies, buy movie tickets, or skip long lines. One company that has fallen behind the times is fast food giant McDonald's, whose mobile ordering app only lets customers find nearby restaurants or look over the menu. Soon, fans of the golden arches will be able to order their meal ahead of time.

McDonald's plans to add the mobile ordering feature to the U.S. and other countries in 2017, hoping to expand it to work in 25,000 stores around the world in 2018. This new feature comes after years of testing. The chain had experimented with mobile ordering in countries like Thailand and Austria, and even tested in Columbus, Georgia in 2014. McDonalds will be behind brands like Starbucks, Chik-fil-A, and Dunkin' Donuts, all of whom have mobile ordering systems in place.

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