Google Debuts Fitness Class Search and Booking Service
Google's new Reserve with Google service makes it possible to find, book, and pay for fitness classes pretty much anywhere in the U.S. Reserve with Google is available to mobile and desktop devices and works together with Google Maps and Google Search to find fitness studios, classes, ratings, rates, and more. Filters allow people to pinpoint the particular style of fitness class they want, discover class recommendations, and book spots locally or anywhere they might choose to travel. Google says the in-app payment tool will let people take advantage of introductory offers, as well as buy class packages or memberships. Google is working with companies such as MindBody, MyTime, Genbook, Full Slate, Front Desk, Appointy, and others to supply real-time class inventory around the country. Reserve with Google is free to use.
Google Adds Distance Estimates to Google Fit
Google today updated its Google Fit health and fitness tracking app with some much-needed features. For example, the app now estimates how far people have walked based on the number of steps they've taken (and several other factors, such as height and gender).
Google Takes Steps to Ensure Search Results Are Locally Relevant
Google today said it has updated the way it handles queries in Search and Maps when people travel. Moving forward, people will be served search results based on their actual location, not the domain they've indicated on the web (such as .com, .uk, .de, etc.) Google says people using Search in the U.S.
Google Surfaces Library eBooks In Search
Google today made it possible for people to discover what ebooks are available from their local library directly in search results. Readers in the U.S.
Google Play Books Turns On Recommendations Engine
Google today launched a new "Discover" tool within its Google Play Books app and service. Google says the tool is meant to help people find new books based on their interests and what's popular around the web.
Google Fit A More Complete Fitness App With Latest Update
Google today announced changes to its Google Fit app that it believes make the service a better health and fitness companion. Google Fit now provides real-time stats for runs, walks, or rides, and can better record speed, pace, route, elevation, and more.