It’s not too far a stretch to say that Google — and by extension, every one of their services — is getting smarter everyday. With all the information Google has at their disposal, whether it be what we’re searching for online, or what we +1 on Google+, this latest update shouldn’t be all that surprising (but helpful none the less).
Like the eye of Sauron, Google is now leverage their vast knowledge of everything in our Gmail inbox to help better serve us while traveling. In a new update to Google Search, the app will now know when and where you’re staying based on hotel confirmations sent to your Gmail inbox. Speaking commands like “show me restaurants around my hotel” or “give me directions to my hotel from here” can pull up relevant results without ever having to enter the physical address of where you’re staying.
It’s this kind of power that makes Google Play Services absolutely indispensable on our Android devices. Because this appears to have been a backend update, there wont be any need to update the Google Search app from the Play Store. Too bad, we know how much you love those staged rollouts. ;)
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