Google has announced a killer new smartphone app called ‘Google Trips’ which will help the traveller in you to plan and organise trips. The application automatically integrates with the user’s Gmail id and gets the details of the trip from and then goes on to recommend places. The itineraries can be saved along with reservations, which makes it easier for the traveller when there is no network coverage. The new app will add to the presence of the tech giant in the travel market and pose a serious competitive threat to other travel apps from TripAdvisor and Yelp.
What this app does is, it brings Gmail inbox, Google Maps and also recommendations saved on the smartphone and collect them to create a personal itinerary. Yet, the only disadvantage is that it cannot bring in reservations option yet. The tech giant had already made a foray into the market by making its Inbox e-mail app to be able to collect flight and hotel details of a future trip and organise it accordingly. Google had bought Frommer a travel guide publisher and also a restaurant reviewer Zagat and have used them together to add more personalised content to its Maps.
There is an online community called Google Local Guides which help in improving Google Maps and also write reviews and make correct listing and pictures for business data. This gives them access to use the latest Google products. According to them, this travel app has been a long time coming. Google wrote in its blog post that the Trips app will show the user the most popular day plans and itineraries in the top 200 cities globally. The data is crowdsourced from earlier travellers, and it is amazingly simple to toggle and download for each city the user is planning to visit. One can even use a ‘magic wand’ to select places by pin-pointing at locations which make it a more personalised itinerary. Additionally, apart from places, one can also look for availability of flights, hotels, cars etc. Google Trip app is now available for both iOS and Android.