A sneak peek at Google’s upcoming journey app, Journeys
Information that Google would quickly start testing a brand new cellular journey software leaked out final week, and now we now have extra particulars, together with screenshots, of what that app will appear to be. The app, referred to as Journeys, is being trialed with a small group of testers, and can permit customers to maintain monitor of previous and upcoming journeys, whereas additionally making suggestions about vacationer locations, eating places, native transportation choices, and extra.
Entry to the Journeys cellular app is simply being made obtainable to members of Google’s Native Guides program.
A revamp and rebranding of Google’s prior Metropolis Specialists effort, Native Guides launched final yr as Google Maps’ competitor to Yelp’s Elites. As with Yelp, program members are provided quite a lot of rewards and advantages in change for writing enterprise evaluations, posting photographs, and serving to to fill in and proper Maps info.
A type of advantages, as Google beforehand indicated, is early entry to new Google merchandise and options. This seems to be one instance of that perk in motion.
In accordance with the preliminary leak, Native Guides have been invited to be among the many first to attempt a brand new “journey assistant app for Android and iPhone.”
What’s fascinating concerning the new app is that it’s capable of pull in your journey info simply by scanning your Gmail messages, just like how Google’s digital assistant, Google Now, additionally works.
That makes it barely aggressive with TripIt, which has the bigger aim of serving to to automate assortment of your journeys right into a single interface, then present helpful providers on prime of that, like monitoring factors, getting flight alerts, setting reminders, altering seat choices, sharing journeys with others, and extra.
Nevertheless, within the case of the Google Journeys app, it appears the main target is much less on mimicking the considerably utilitarian nature of most journey planners and companion apps, and extra on the enjoyable that comes with exploring a brand new vacation spot.
As an app constructed utilizing Google Maps knowledge, Journeys allows you to discover issues to do – each inside and outdoor – round your location. It additionally helps you handle reservations, discover close by food and drinks, entry an inventory of saved locations, and plan the way you’ll get from one place to the subsequent.
Because of this, Journeys would possible have extra of an influence on native journey information apps, as an alternative of extra complete journey planners.
This latter function is discovered within the “Getting Round’ part, which provides particulars on the totally different choices, together with public transportation schedules for issues like buses and trains, plus info on taxis and journey sharing providers and extra.
Additionally helpful is that Journeys lets you browse your saved journey info even once you’re offline.
A lot of what Journeys gives can truly be present in Google Maps, because of the enhancements of that app through the years to supply extra info than simply maps and navigation. Nevertheless, the Journeys app places this info right into a standalone, native interface full with a Materials design and straightforward-to-use format.
Whereas the app presently being examined is accessible on Android, Google had stated that it might be obtainable on iOS, as nicely. The corporate has not but confirmed additional particulars concerning the app or its launch plans presently.