Google Search Now Better at Peeking Through Gmail
Google today announced an update to its Google Now and Google Search products that will make it easier to find personal information stored within Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google+. The new search functions build on the foundation set by Google Now last year, which can automatically pull flight or package shipment information from Gmail. With updates to the mobile apps being pushed out beginning today, users will be able to perform natural language voice or typed searches for these items (i.e., "When is my flight?") and Google Now will actively go through Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google+ to find the information. The new search tool covers flights and reservations, purchases and plans, and photos. According to Google, the searches and data are encrypted and secure, and only accessible to people signed into their own account on the device. The feature can be turned off completely if the owner wishes.
Google Makes It Easier to Find and Book Hotels and Flights
Google today improved the way Google Search finds and sorts hotels and flights when planning trips. To start, searching for hotels should now include better price filters and quickly discoverable details, such as hotel amenities.
Google Search App Gains Tappable Shortcuts
Google today said an update to its mobile search app should make it quicker and easier to find basic information via tappable shortcuts that are positioned underneath the search box. The shortcuts let people perform instant searches for a variety of items, including entertainment, sports, weather, food, news, and more.
Google Flights to Predict Delays
Google today improved its Google Flights tool by adding the ability to predict flight delays. The company is pairing historical flight data with machine learning algorithms to determine delays before the airline itself can.
Google Search for Android Gains Offline Mode
Google has made it possible for Google Search to work even when the device goes offline. The latest build of Search for Android can store Google searches if a phone loses its network connection.