google-now-improved

Ever since Google Now launched with the arrival of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, we’ve seen the Google Search experience improve dramatically. Of course, the experience still isn’t what we’d call perfect, though the good news is that Google continues make improvements all the time.

As an example, Google recently introduced new voice commands for taking a pictures and videos from within Google Search. While this was a nice change, today’s update is infinitely more useful. In a Google+ post, Google has revealed that it is improving the restaurant and hotel finding experience.

Although Google has always been able to give us restaurant and hotel listings, the experience is now smarter. Using the new feature is easy, and doesn’t require an actual update to the app. Basically, all you need to do is say “Show me a list of hotels in [your city]” or “show me a list of restaurants”. Google Search will then fetch the relevant details, but with one difference: there’s a new set of filter tools.

For hotels, the filter includes stuff like ratings and you can even define when and how long you need the hotel for. For restaurants you can choose cuisine type, price range, ratings and more.

The new restaurant and hotel search improvements probably won’t be something you use all the time, but this still very much a welcome change. To give the new ‘feature’ a try, all you need to do is fire up the Google Search app on your Android device. Keep in mind that the new filter system is currently only available in the U.S., though hopefully it will roll out to more markets in the near future.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is dedicated to reporting on the latest developments in the world of Android, and is very passionate about mobile technology and technological innovation in general. While he appreciates Android in all of its forms, he prefers a clean stock experience when possible and currently rocks a Nexus 5. Andrew also loves to engage with his readers, and welcomes well-thought-out conversations and responses in the comments section!
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