Google Trips is a new app from Alphabet. The app wants to help people find their way easier and in a more comfortable way once they reach their destination, not just as they plan it. The app is already available and its early stages show a lot of promise for things to come.
More than 90 percent of the resources that Google Trips employs are nothing new to Google power users. Much of the functionality of Google Trips can be found in Google Now Cards and that functionality has been available for over two years.
However, Google Now Cards can get messy after a while of using and Google Trips is exclusively a travel app.
It is worthy of note that in order for trips to properly function, it does need to be linked to a Gmail account. One of the first things Trips needs to do is scan that e-mail account for any receipts from travel tickets, restaurants, hotels, or any other reservations. The app then figures out where the user is headed and makes sure to gather relevant information on weather, economics, and events.
Google Trips And The Hassle Of Travel
While Google Now Cards only showed users who were traveling the miscellaneous touristic attractions nearby, Google Trips lets users plan their travel itineraries beforehand or on the spot. All those reservations mentioned earlier can be scheduled and mixed with sightseeing or any other travel activities users are interested in.
Another great feature of the app is that it takes into account how unpleasant it is to use mobile data while abroad. It features a very extensive offline mode, although users with older phones may find themselves running out of storage space if they make a lot of itineraries without clearing their caches.
Apart from itineraries, the offline mode features a travel-friendly map. It has fewer details than Google Maps’ offline mode maps but it is a lot larger by default. Also, just like with Google Now Cards, having all of these features in a single app means that users need not waste time and battery switching while navigating from app to app.