Just in time for the holidays, Google is rolling out an update to Inbox that lets you summarize and share trip information in a few taps. This update comes on the heels of Gmail’s Trip Bundles update this summer, which made organizing trip-related emails far easier. Now Google wants to take that personal convenience and extrovert it, bringing simple sharing to Inbox’s long list of convenient features.
Trip Bundles itself is an idea that was kind of lying on the ground. It’s amazing nobody scooped it up earlier, because it’s such clean solution to an obvious problem. Whenever you’re going on a trip, the flood of notifications regarding travel (airline tickets, car rentals, hotel accommodations, etc.) inundates your inbox, making it difficult to sort through to the exact bit of information that you currently need. What gate was my flight departing from? Hold on while I scroll past 19 irrelevant travel notifications mixed in with my work emails and thirty forwarded cat pictures from Grandma.
Trip Bundles takes everything related to a specific trip and, as the name suggests, bundles it into one easily collapsible and expandable module. Inbox also tries to predict what information is most immediately relevant to you, and display that near the top of the dropdown dialogue. Praise for Trip Bundles has been pretty ubiquitous among frequent fliers, so Google has decided to build on this popular system by making it social.
The idea is to give users the ability to share travel information in a single tap. You can quickly keep friends and family in the loop by sharing your Trip Bundle summaries as easily as you would a photo. Users can now also manually add emails to a travel bundle, since Inbox might miss one or two messages that don’t, on the surface, seem to have to do with your upcoming trip.
Inbox is also beefing up their picture sharing. No more hopping out of composition to go to the gallery. Once this update hits, you will be able to access recent pictures through a carousel gallery at the bottom of the screen.
All of these additions serve to decrease the amount of time you spend poking away at your emails, freeing up more time for you to, you know, actually enjoy your trip. Google says these new features should be rolling out over the course of this week, so you should expect them to hit your device soon.
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