Google Trips has quickly become one of my go-to apps for travel planning. I keep it as a one-stop shop for my trip's schedule, reservations, and various places of interest, even if I still use Calendar, Gmail, and Maps independently when I need more control. Plus, it provides some practical advice for every city and sometimes helps me discover new places I might have missed despite my extensive search. Now, Trips is also getting ticket support, so you can quickly book an entry to many top destinations around the world. Read More
Airline and event tickets have been making their way to Google Pay for a while. But at today's Build with Google Pay session, the company has finally publicly announced the feature, in concert with Urban Airship. With it, you'll be able to quickly and easily access tickets for everything from flights to sporting events, all from the convenience of the Google Pay app. Read More
Google Maps has a new beta peeking out on devices. After a great deal of poking around, the list of changes for the interface is pretty sparse, but as always, there's a ton to discuss from the teardown. There's more from the home screen shortcuts, showtimes with ticket sales, detail fields for food photos, and way more. Read More
Music has always been integral to the success of YouTube, and the platform is well aware of the importance of its relationship with the entertainment industry. As good as watching a music video or live performance can be, it's no substitute for actually seeing your favorite artists live. YouTube wants to connect the two experiences and has partnered with gig ticket seller Ticketmaster to do just that. Read More
YouTube began rolling out with a major new version today, making the leap to v12. You might be expecting some big features when the big number goes up by one, but this update doesn't appear to be packing anything too exceptional. There's a fix for an obnoxious interface issue, but that's about it for changes in the live interface. What's more interesting are a few upcoming items visible through the lens of a teardown. There are hints of a new video preview feature, listings for upcoming ticketed events, and even a few nuggets for the long-awaited Quick Seek and live broadcasting features. Read More
If you entered the Google I/O lottery this year, dust off your F5 keys - lotto results have started showing up in inboxes.
If you haven't received yours yet, don't worry - Google typically sends these notices out in batches. The window for registration after you receive an invite is 24 hours, so unused or declined tickets can work back into the system for the next lucky winners. And just in case you don't get a golden ticket this time, here's what the email looks like: Read More
We can attribute Android's eternal connection with sugary snacks to Google's whimsical use of desserts as codenames; but for many, Android is indelibly linked with grilled meat, thanks to the team behind the the Big Android BBQ. The huge gathering in Texas for Android fans first began in 2009 and continues to grow. Last year, the BABBQ organizers launched a new event in San Francisco to coincide with Google I/O 2014, called the Big Android Meat & Greet. The success of these gatherings sparked a new endeavor called the International Developer Education & Advocacy Alliance (IDEAA), aimed at bringing together, educating, and inspiring developers of all skill levels. Read More
Going to the ball game is wickedly expensive, which is probably why aftermarket ticket services are flourishing. But they're not exactly intuitive: you have to deal with shipping or meeting the seller in person, which is often a huge barrier if you're strapped for time. Enter Gametime, an app previously limited to iOS, which tries to combine great deals on last-minute ticket sales with a friendly, mobile-focused interface.
Here's the gist: sports venues have unsold tickets to a game, which the Gametime app features with significant discounts, "up to 80% off." You buy the tickets through the Gametime app, and immediately after paying you've got a scannable ticket on your phone. Read More
Everyone loves live events, be it concerts, sporting events, plays, or some other thing that I can't think of. As people, we love to watch other people do things. Sometimes we even like to watch other people while they watch other people. We're weird.
Anyway, if live events are your thing, SeatGeek just released an app that's going to make life a lot easier. If you're not familiar with SeatGeek and the service it provides, here's the gist: it crawls the web to find tickets to events that you want to go to. From big sites to the little guys selling tickets, SeatGeek hooks you up with the cheapest way to get through the door at whatever event you want. Read More
The Big Android BBQ 2013 is just a few months away at this point (October 10-12), and if you missed out on the early bird special, tickets are now officially on sale a the regular prices. Like with years past, there are a variety of packages to choose from, including an all new [x] option.
Each package offers its own set of perks, with each one building off the last. For example, the General Admission package will get you in the door, access to the pool party, and an all-you-can-eat plate at the BBQ, but not much else. The ICS package gets all of that, plus a reserved seat at the keynote, quick entry into the event, and a bottle of the rub used on the BBQ. Read More