Google Trips has seen its second update this week, bringing two new features that users will appreciate. First, you now have the ability to manually add hotel and airline reservations to a trip. Previously, there was no way to do this and the only way to get reservations into a trip was by having it automatically added via Gmail. Now when you go into a trip within the app, you will see a FAB (Floating Action Button) which will now let you add flight and hotel information.
The other big change in this update is that Google Trips will now watch your Gmail for bus and train travel and add those automatically to your trips. This expands the apps ability in searching Gmail as previously only hotel and airline information was automatically added.
Along with these new features, there is the normal statement in the release notes about improvements and bug fixes. The OTA update for this release is already in the Google Play Store and those who have it installed should see it over the next day or two.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, Trips aims to be the one app you go to for information about your trip and to help you plan it. Best of all (besides being free) is that it can work completely offline, saving you data usage while you are traveling internationally. The leverages travel reservations received in Gmail to determine where you are going on a trip and stores that information in the Reservations section of the app. There you can see your car, hotel and air travel all in one place. There are other sections too such as Things to Do. This gives you recommendations on things around where you will be traveling that you can do to get to explore the city you are visiting. Once you find something you like, tap the star icon for that things and it will be added to your Saved places so you can keep track of them and plan them into your trip.
If you haven’t tried it, you can download Google Trips for free from the Play Store.