Technology Get your hotel rooms and flights right from Google search

10:03  07 february  2018
10:03  07 february  2018 Source:   engadget.com

Google aims to get 'diverse perspectives' into search results

  Google aims to get 'diverse perspectives' into search results Alphabet Inc's Google will put more of a premium on "diverse perspectives" in its search results, saying in a blog post on Tuesday that answers highlighted at the top of result pages would soon display multiple viewpoints on topics for the first time ever.The move comes as internet companies face increasing political pressure to rid their services of misleading or fake news, extremist content and hoaxes.

a screenshot of a cell phone© Provided by Engadget Google Flights is already a great place to search when you're headed out on vacation or business trips. It uses AI to predict possible flight delays, too, and helps you find rate information on hotels and airline tickets based on peak travel times. Now some new updates will help you find and book hotels and flights right in a Google search.

The company says that it also added improved price filtering, easier to find information on amenities, along with the new booking feature. There are some new interface features that help you check travel options on your mobile phone, too. Over the next few days, you'll see a "Hotels" option to tap at the top of a Google Flight search page. That way, you can see hotel availability and prices for whatever destination city you've already chosen. If you'd rather search for hotels first, you can flip over to the Flights tab as well to check prices and book your air travel. In addition, you can search by destination, then look up flights and hotels from there. Plus, companies like Last Minute Travel are connected to the system, so you can use them from your search results, too.

Google takes steps to combat fake news 'snippets'

  Google takes steps to combat fake news 'snippets' Google announced this week that it is revamping its "snippets" feature, which is the featured description you usually see at the top of search results when you input a question. The company is also improving the quality of results by displaying more than one snippet. After all, sometimes there isn't one correct answer to a question. "There are often legitimate diverse perspectives offered by publishers, and we want to provide users visibility and access into those perspectives from multiple sources," said Matthew Gray, the lead of the snippets team.

Need more? Simply tap on "More Destinations" at the top left of your search results and see more places to go. If you've booked travel via Google or have reservations in your Gmail, you'll be able to see it all in the new private Your Trips section. You can email these details directrly from Your Trips, too. If you need offline access, they'll show up in the Google Trips app.


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