Google is slowly upgrading the powers of its voice-based search assistant, giving Google Now more and more awesome powers that can help users when they need it most. The company revealed on Google+ that Google Now can scan a user’s Gmail account for hotel information, and use it to respond to certain hotel-related questions travellers are likely to search for.
“Traveling this summer?” the company wrote. “If your hotel confirmation is in your Gmail, you can now ask Google for things to do, eat or see to do nearby without the fuss looking up where you’re staying. Tap the mic on the Google app and say ‘Show me restaurants around my hotel’ or ‘Give me directions to my hotel from here.’ You’ll be finding your way around like a local in no time.”
Obviously, for the trick to work, Google Now will need to access your Gmail account, just like with anything else that’s email-related in Google Now, and you must use Gmail when arranging travel accommodations.
An image showing the new Google Now feature in action follows below.