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Google Brings Quick Flight Searches, Purchase Tracking, Personal Photos and More to Google Search

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Google wants you to fully embrace your voice when it comes to performing searches. In a new service that will begin rolling out of the “next several days,” Google is giving you the power to simply ask Google Search for flight info on an upcoming flight, see reservation info for hotels or dinner plans, track purchases made online, see what your plans are for tomorrow, and even get photos from recent trips or other specific time periods. 

Most of this info has been in Google Now for some time, but now that Google is incorporating it into Google Search, you can essentially have it anywhere at any time.

Here are some examples of searches:

  • Flights: Ask Google “Is my flight on time?” to get info on your upcoming flights and live status on your current flights.
  • Reservations: Ask for “my reservations” to see your dining plans or “my hotel” to get your hotel name and address. With one tap, you can get driving or public transit directions straight there, saving you lots of steps.
  • Purchases: Ask for “my purchases,” and you’ll get the status of your current orders, so you know whether your mom’s birthday present will arrive on time.
  • Plans: Ask Google “What are my plans for tomorrow?” to see a summary of upcoming flights, hotels, restaurant reservations and events—very useful when you’re traveling.
  • Photos: Say “Show me my photos from Thailand” to see the photos you uploaded to Google+. You can also ask for “my photos of sunsets” if you want to show off the shots you’ve taken over the year; Google will try to automatically recognize the type of photo you’re asking for.

Again, this new update will rollout over the coming days for phones, tablets, and desktops. More info on the types of searches that can be performed can be found here.

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Via:  Google Blog

  • rslh

    “Show me my pictures of…” works on my GNex, but it does not on my Nexus 7 2013?! Anyone know the cause? Settings between the 2 device are identical. Boggles me! Thanks.

  • Tom Z

    I really wish Google Now would allow you to assign other email addresses for package and flight info. I don’t use my main Gmail account for those things.

  • XvierX

    That device is so good looking. I want

  • KoTiell

    It’s my update and I want it NOW!

  • Robert Macri

    This is working for me already.. Tried the packages, calendar and pictures one.

    • palomosan

      Yep, it’s already working on my Gnex too, I asked about my nature photos in G+ and it showed me all of them.

      • rslh

        Do you have to tag your photos in any way? If not, then that’s pretty awesome.

    • Ryan Stewart

      I wish I got the original package tracking to work. Never has, not even when I get an email from the Play Store.

      • Robert Macri

        It works when I get an e-mail from Amazon, which is 90% of my purchases, but also worked from other sites like Overstock and best buy. I have seen occasions where it didn’t work, but for me at least it works most of the time. I do wish there was a way to manually add a package.

      • rslh

        You’re using your Gmail address, correct? It won’t work with other email.

        • Ryan Stewart

          Yeah. Gmail even shows the “track” button on the mail header on the webpage and the android app has a click able link that goes straight to UPS. Now just never picks it up for some reason.

      • rslh

        Hmm… Are all your Gmail cards active (Events, Flights, Hotels, Restaurants & Packages) and that you’re using the same Gmail account? I know some folks have different Gmail accounts.

        Anyway, that’s all I can think of. I know it can be frustrating when things don’t work like they’re supposed to. ugh. G’luck!

        • Ryan Stewart

          Yeah, I even turned it off and back on thinking maybe it didnt take. Cleared data and cache, everything. Google just really doesnt want to tell me about my packages (although it works great for everything else).

  • Tyler

    Still waiting for system settings changes like bluetooth.

    • Ryan Stewart

      I kind of wanted this but the option in the notification shade placated me, its basically as fast as bringing up now or hitting the search button.

      Now, if it was of the “always on” variety then I would be back on the “give me system settings” bandwagon because then, when I got in my car, i could say “turn on bluetooth” without having to unlock the phone.

  • T4rd

    Can you open apps with Search yet? That’s what I’m looking forward to.

  • Intellectua1

    Does this only work for certain airlines cause or maybe only with flights and packages paid for thru Google Wallet because I have a couple flights coming up next month and didn’t get results for either. And the package feature has never worked for me..

    • Josh Flowers

      might already know it–but i believe the package feature only works when you receive an email on your gmail account (primary on your phone) which states the tracking number of your purchase. I’ve never bought something with Wallet–but all emails on my primary account with tracking #’s all show ‘Google Now’ tracking cards at the appropriate times.
      *could work with secondary gmail accounts, too–but i’ve never tried purchasing an item and using a secondary gmail account whether it’s on the phone or not*

      • Intellectua1

        Thank you, I didn’t know that. It’s been like a month since I ordered something and I’ve only tried it when it was first announced a long time ago and maybe a couple times after. I think I normally receive tracking numbers thru the my orders section in apps I order from like Gilt Groupe etc. Will look into it…

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    we just need local (in phone) commands that don’t go to the cloud.

  • Justin Barrett

    I really hope that the Moto X voice commands and features are included in the next version on Android. I like where this is headed.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      mhmmm.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Well they kind of are, only difference is that the Moto X has a special processor dedicated to listening to your voice even with the phone in a locked state. Same Google Now voice actions though.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        mhmmm

        • Stevedub40

          Mmmm, custom chips…

          • Aaron

            How am I the only one to upvote this???

          • Pedro

            Patience….

  • BRIM

    I despise rollouts.

    • Paul

      Right! Now that I know about this update, I want it NOW!

      • Tyler

        It’s called Google Now but I can’t even get it right now…

        • Ian Smith

          wow. that was terrible.

          • michael arazan

            Wish Google would allow safe search off instead of making all searches Mandatory Moderate Search and censoring the internet.
            Freakin help making America a nanny state, and just piling on more BS on how corporate america is trying to dictate & run our lives

            Pretty dam evil for a company that has a motto of not to be evil, and believes in censorship free internet, but only when it affects them

      • S Dogg

        Its NSA Approved!

    • Robert Macri

      These are server side changes… no APK needed.