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I'm planning a trip to India and Ireland next month, and since it'll be only the second time I've left North America, I could use a few directions. Google's various services are fine for that as they are, but the latest addition to Search is a handy one for anyone on the road. If you've booked your hotel online and received a receipt or confirmation in your Gmail inbox, Google will make a note of it.


Then when you're on your trip, Google will know when and where you're staying, in one of those really cool and slightly creepy connections that Search and Google Now are getting so good at. So, while you're in Sligo you can give the voice command, "show me restaurants around my hotel," and Google will know exactly where that is, giving you the relevant results faster. When you've finished your Thornhill Duck at the Silver Apple, you can tell Google to "give me directions to my hotel," and get navigation back to your room without having to dig through Gmail to remember where you stayed.

It's a small addition, and remember that you'll need to have something in your Gmail account that mentions both the location and the date of your stay. But anyone eager to get around a new city a little more easily will surely appreciate the addition.

Source: Google+

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • DeadSOL

    Nooooooo. Why is Youtube down?

    Sorry- random comment. :p

    • Sx73

      Working fine for me.

      • DeadSOL

        Strange. Maybe it's my ISP. Everything else seems to be working perfectly, though.

  • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

    Many of the gmail-specific features of Google Now, such as flight cards, continue to not work for me as a Google Apps user. I'm not clear on why this is.

    • joser116

      That's because they are currently not available for Google Apps users.


      • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

        Yeah it's interesting right? I'm not sure but I imagine with the Apps accounts Google can't go in and search your Gmail to find relevant ads or provide services based on personal information, like say Google Now? It would make sense, as that's something Business definitely would not want. ("Yes we want Google's servers, applications, and solid up-time, but no we don't want Google searching our services.")

        • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

          One could always forward a hotel confirmation e-mail from their business Google Apps account to their personal gmail account, which is probably already connected to his/her personal device. Right?

          • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake


    • Stoffers

      Just forward all those emails to your private gmail account, Google doesn't data mine people who pay them.

  • Steve Ballbagmer


    Craptana from spycrosoft is a joke compared to Google Now.

    • andy_o

      ^ No banhammer for this moron yet?

      • mechapathy

        But he's just so punny.

    • Walkop

      Still better than Siri.

  • rettt

    The only thing I now want from Google during my trips is to push for premium hardware so that I do not suffer (GPS connection lost) frequently when I use Maps.

    Happened to me with more than one Nexus 5s and never with an iPhone so I am sure it is because of their cheap and poor hardware. I just hope they change their strategy about Nexus phones or release high end phones that have vanilla Android (Without root)

    • Guest

      GPE or Moto?

      • vizcat

        Moto has the best GPS and radios. The only reason why I've stuck by their side.

    • Stoffers

      I've never had GPS for a full 30+ minute trip, normally lose it at least 3 times, but I still wouldn't trade the phone for anything. I am loving the rumors of this "Shamu" though, Motorola has always had good radios / GPS for me.

      • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

        Wow I had no idea the Nexus 5 was that bad. I gave my wife a Nexus 5 but fortunately she has no use for the navigation. I use my Moto X which is just phenomenal. No previous phone of mine has been that fast (or the calls this clear), which is to say, I completely agree with your 'Motorola has good radios' statement. (My only previous experience was older non-smart Motorola phones, and their call quality was great too).

        • Walkop

          It's not. I use it all the time. Dunno why that guy has problems.

          • rway

            It is this bad. I won't lie about it because I am an Android fan. Nexus devices have never had premium internals.

            Look at all the complaints about GPS and data connection loss. It is because of the bad GPS and radios used in them because of the $350 price

        • Edward Padilla

          I'm also one of those who doesn't really have any issues with the GPS on my N5.

        • h4rr4r

          I have never had this issue. My wifes Moto X has better/faster GPS, but it sounds like his unit is defective.

          • Stoffers

            It very well may be, I ordered it on Halloween and got it the following week.

      • archercc

        Send it back. I called Google when this happened with my original nexus 4 and I had a new one at my door in 2 days with no issues since.

    • Andy Stetson

      Hm, used Maps/Nav for hours on end when I was in DC last month, never had an issue with losing GPS (Verizon LG G2, stock rooted).

    • Alphajoe

      Why don't you just get a GPE version of a high-end phone? Isn't this exactly what you're asking for? Never had any GPS issues with my HTC M7.

    • dmo580

      The N5 has a notoriously weak antenna connection for GPS. I know what you're talking about. this was never an issue on my N4 or my OnePlus One.

  • JJCommonSense

    I thought Google Now gave u info on your hotels years ago is this really new?

  • Sootie

    The real issue I had when I last used it OS was mobile internet costs, I'm not sure if american carriers are any better but as an australian the prices are enough for me to make 200% sure I have my mobile data turned off while overseas! (though google now did work out where I was living and working while in India with the wifi at either end which was pretty cool)

  • Stanley Konował

    It would be supercool if I could tell Google now when I'm staying or just type that in just like I do with the home and work address. Apart from that, I really need an option to set more than one home address, as I spent half of my week at one place and the other half at the other.

    • dmo580

      Nope, Google wants this to be fully automated, no buttons or tweaks for you. While I think automation is good, its not always correct, which is why there's room for manual tweaking. Oh well. The power user be screwed.

  • mirekk

    Blah, blah, blah, US only, blah, blah, blah...

    • TonyHoyleUK

      Which is why "I'm planning a trip to India and Ireland next month" is an odd way to introduce it, since those functions will cease to work once he leaves US shores.

      I'm not even sure how successful it could be in the US - do they have some kind of standardised emails for bookings there or something? The last booking email I got didn't even include the location of the hotel, just 'thanks for booking'.

      • dmo580

        It picked up my Hotwire reservation but honestly its very finicky. There are times it fails to pick up my flight unless I check in and tell it to email my boarding pass.

        If you're depending on this for mission critical reminders, forget it. Google Now is nice when it works, but its not always 100% reliable in terms of catching your email info

    • vb

      Worked for me during a trip to Malaysia last week.

  • Danny Alvarez

    It's all pretty useful except the "things to do" part. It's like a half assed foursquare.

  • Bob

    India and Ireland...interesting combo.

  • theunknown

    Off topic but still relevant
    I know you are travelling next month, but if possible try to time it so that you are in Mumbai, India around Sept 29, reason being it will be final day of the the annual Ganesh Immersion festival and it will definitely be an experience for you.