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Google Search update brings improved hotel and restaurant finding experience

A new back-end update to Google Search is rolling out, bringing improved hotel and restaurant finding capabilities, at least for those in the U.S.
April 25, 2014

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.