Google Trips, the travel planning app that lets you have all your travel information in one place, as a handy update that is rolling out today. The update is version 1.6 for those keeping score at home. Aside from the normal smattering of bug fixes and performance improvements, there is now video content from YouTube and Blogger content when you visit a particular thing to do in a location.
To get to this new content, select an upcoming trip you already have in Google Trips or search for a new city, say New York City. Once you are on the city page, tap on the blue “Things to do” block which will bring up various sites and places to go while you are in New York. When you tap on one of those places, you will now see videos from YouTube and Blogger content in the new “from around the web” section.
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Microsoft has launched an all new travel app named Outings. The app was actually released last month by the Redmond company made no announcements about it so it went pretty much unnoticed. That’s a shame because Outings is a really beautifully designed app.
The idea behind the app is simple: You provide at least five topics of interest and the app will provide you suggestions for those interests. The content is curated from various travel sites and blogs with outstanding information and photography for those locations. Once you find one of interest, you can save it or you can indicate that you have been to that location.
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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.
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There are a lot of travel apps in the Play Store but the newest one, Google Trips, is mighty impressive. The app launched earlier this week and 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.
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If you are a user of the TripIt app to manage your travel itenararies, the latest update to the app brings a host of improvements as well as Android Wear support. The updated build is version 4.6 for those keeping score at home and the big update is Wear support. Now you can access your trip details from your watch without having to take your phone out of your pocket. Even better, there is also a new flight countdown timer, exclusive to Android Wear, so you can keep track up to the second when your flight is to depart.
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If you are a frequent traveler on American Airlines (Clinton raises his hand) then you will want to make sure you have the latest update to their app for Android. The new version 4.3 build is in the Google Play Store for those keeping score at home and it comes with a streamlined and much improved user experience along interactive terminal maps for many of the airports where you can find the airline. The update is free of course and to take full advantage of it you will need to have an American AAdvantage frequent flyer account but it is not necessary to use a good percentage of the app.
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Yelp for Android has been updated for Android Phone users that brings the restaurant, bar and coffee shop searching app, quite literally, closer to home. With this latest update, which is now available in the Google Play Store, you can add a Yelp search bar to your Home Screen that makes finding a restaurant, coffee shop or bar quicker than ever. The updated build is version 7.6.1 for those keeping score at home.
If you haven’t used Yelp in the past, it is a service that allows you to search for just about anything near you. Aimed mostly for restaurants and bars, you can also find things like hotels and business such as salons, spas, petrol stations and shopping malls. Plus, as a free member of Yelp, you can review these places for others to read and make their own decisions to visit. The Yelp for Android app has always been quite robust and feature rich and this update should make it that much more powerful for those who use the app and service today.
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