Google Now updated with travel-minded features

Google Now updated with travel-minded features

A new version of Google Now (Google Search) has arrived in Google Play, just in time to put the finishing touches on your holiday travel plans. As detailed on the official Android blog, the update makes it easier to prepare for road trips and flights.

Before you even leave your house, Google Now will tell you what the weather will be like at your destination. At the airport, your boarding pass is automatically pulled up, helping you breeze through to the gate. And once you’ve arrived at your destination, Google Now can help you uncover some great activities, by showing you events happening around you, suggesting websites for you to explore as you research things to do..

Of course, this isn’t everything that Google Now does for folks; Android 4.2 users may already be familiar with recent enhancements. How many of you are using Google Now for currency conversion, translation, and flight status ?

In a final bit of cool stuff, Voice Search gets even better with the ability to discover a song playing in background, scan barcodes, and post status updates to Google+

For Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean), Google Search keeps getting faster, plus:

  • New cards:
    • Events nearby
    • Suggestions to help with your research
    • Boarding passes from Gmail (United only, more to come)
    • Search by camera when at museums or shops
    • Weather at upcoming travel destinations
    • Approximate monthly summary of walking and biking activity
  • New voice actions:
    • Post to Google+
    • Say “What’s this song?” to find the song you hear
    • Say “Scan a barcode” to find product info

[download_link link=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox” variation=”hotpink” target=”blank”]Download Google Search/Google Now for Android 4.1[/download_link]

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9 Comments

  1. John Samuel αΩ
    December 05, 16:44 Reply

    Pretty great. I had a friend coming into town and he called to say his flight was delayed. He didn’t know how late it would be. Much later I still hadn’t heard from him so I pulled out my phone to call and there was a card telling me the flight had been delayed and the expected arrival time. It was creepy and weird and awesome.

    He had sent me his flight confirmations weeks before, so they were in my inbox.

  2. jlschulz098
    December 06, 00:10 Reply

    Excellent, at last countthat should affect the 600 or so people that are running jb…oh, and the people on iphones since google was so kind to give them google now but not the other 10 killion or so users who arent that licky

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