20 September 2016
Are you a traveler? Have you ever visited a country and you needed a guide but you couldn’t get one? Do you know that with the help of Google, now you can visit a country you are not familiar with and get guides needed?
Google launched a new mobile application on Monday designed to help users to plan for vacations and other travels.
Called Google Trips, the free app is available on Android and iOS. The app will organise your plane tickets and hotel reservations, offer editorial guides to more than 200 cities, and make personalised recommendations based on your Google history even right from your Gmail.
How the app works is that it pulls in a combination of data from Google Maps and crowd-sourced contributions from other travelers, in order to offer personalised travel guide that helps you keep track of your day trips, reservations, points of interest, tourist attractions, restaurants and more.
A major selling point of the app is that it works offline. Users can download the guide, maps, walking and walking directions in case there is no provision for international data plan in the destination.
Although the new app will be useful for travelers, users with privacy concerns may not be comfortable using it. This is because it tracks users’ every step around the world.
Google Trips will also serve as another means of data collection for Google itself. This will help Google to better augment its business listings data in Google Maps with the information collected by the app and its users.
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Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.