Google’s Search App Can Now Make Your Dinner Reservations
Google rolled out an update to its Search app on Thursday that lets app make dinner reservations and give better directions and reminders.
Conversational search, which allows you to search Google the way you speak, has been a part of the search app for a while, but the update improves its ability to recognize relevant information.
If a hotel reservation is stored in your Gmail account, for example, you can say: “OK, Google, show me restaurants near my hotel.”
The app will also reserve you a table at restaurants — provided the restaurant is connected to OpenTable. Or, if you only want to explore the menu of a particular restaurant, you can ask Google to show you menu items for a particular establishment.
Google’s app allows you to ask followup questions to previous queries without repeating the same information.
The update also improves the app’s notifications to surface travel-related reminders at times when they will be most relevant to you.
You can get reminders on where to pick up your rental car or when it’s time to leave to catch your flight, according to a blog post from Google senior engineer Pravir Gupta. It can also provide alternate options if your flight is delayed or canceled.
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