Take Google Now on your next trip and find things to do near your hotel


Google is currently in the process of quietly rolling out a server-side update for its official Search application via the Play Store. Once updated, users have the ability to retrieve orientational information whilst holidaying or taking a trip, based on the location of their hotel. They can say, for example, ‘show me restaurants near my hotel’ and ‘how do I get back to my hotel,’ without actually having to mention the name of the hotel or its address — providing their confirmation email is in their Gmail inbox.

No configuration is necessary in order to register for this service. Google has the facility to generate hotel-based cards by scanning through emails in user’s Gmail inbox’s and picking out relevant information. It then condenses this data and displays it in a card, which is housed in the Search application, otherwise known as Google Now.

This cracking new feature appears to be working on all Jelly Bean (4.1.-4.3) and KitKat (4.4-4.4.2) smartphones and tablets currently located in the U.S. and the U.K. However, it’s expected that compatibility will expand to some European countries within the next couple of weeks.

The update is now live and has been rolled out via Google’s private Android servers.