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Apple Wants to Use Drones to Catch up With Google Maps

Apple Wants to Use Drones to Catch up With Google Maps

Mark Gurman, Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Since Google Maps is ubiquitous, and is one of the most popular trip-planning apps in existence, it makes sense that another monolith like Apple would push hard to compete.

1 week ago

Google Thinks Smartphone Users Want Travel Discounts and Destination Advice

Google Thinks Smartphone Users Want Travel Discounts and Destination Advice

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Smartphone users of travel apps don't have many apps downloaded at a time, but are willing to try an app based on recommendations from family and friends.

1 week ago

Google’s Calculated Aggression Has Largest Travel Advertisers Looking for Alternatives

Google’s Calculated Aggression Has Largest Travel Advertisers Looking for Alternatives

Mark Bergen and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

The biggest travel players are accustomed to Google's moves and trying their best to adjust and work around them. Missing from this story is the fact that Google's latest moves are making it nearly impossible for all but the smallest number of consumer travel startups to succeed.

3 weeks ago

Room 77 Investors Lost Half of Their Investment, Employees Got Nothing

Room 77 Investors Lost Half of Their Investment, Employees Got Nothing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Like Hipmunk, Room 77 had an innovative product and talented team but ran into a buzz saw: the marketing clout of Google preferencing its own products, and Expedia, Booking.com and Kayak. Don't feel sorry for the venture capital firms receiving just 53 cents on the dollar. That's the game they play. The real losers are the angel investor and employees, although we're sure for many it was quite a ride nonetheless.

3 weeks ago

Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Gogobot likely paid some big bucks for the Trip.com domain, and it is making strides with a high-quality recommendation app. Still, everyone in the travel space, especially startups, is feeling like they are running uphill as Google tosses boulders downward. Slow, steady steps may win the day.

3 weeks ago

Google Making Gains in Hotel Advertising, Updates Website for Hoteliers

Google Making Gains in Hotel Advertising, Updates Website for Hoteliers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google may not be on the road toward becoming an online travel agency, but the search engine is inserting itself more aggressively in the travel research and hotel-shopping process.

1 month ago

Google’s Head of Travel: We’re Becoming an Answer Engine For Travelers

Google’s Head of Travel: We’re Becoming an Answer Engine For Travelers

Dan Peltier, Skift

Google has owned the search engine business since the dawn of the Internet and it's now getting closer to actually answering travelers search queries rather than providing a list of relevant and irrelevant links.

1 month ago

Google’s New Artificial Intelligence Assistant Doesn’t Know Much About Your Next Trip

Google’s New Artificial Intelligence Assistant Doesn’t Know Much About Your Next Trip

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Google is using its Google Flights capability to power its new Artificial Intelligence-filled Assistant to respond intelligently to queries about travel. The service's inability to respond to queries about your existing travel itineraries, however, is a huge missed opportunity for now.

1 month ago

Google’s Travel Business Is Already Twice the Size of Expedia’s

Google’s Travel Business Is Already Twice the Size of Expedia’s

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If publicly traded companies such as Google are bound by fiduciary duties to shareholders, then Google, which already has one of the largest travel businesses in the world, larger than the Priceline Group, TripAdvisor and Ctrip combined, would be foolhardy to shoot its advertising business in the foot to become an online travel agency.

1 month ago

Video: Google’s Travel Leader on Paid Links and Being a Booking Player

Video: Google’s Travel Leader on Paid Links and Being a Booking Player

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google, in theory, like TripAdvisor, has the ability to put it all together and become a one-stop shop in travel but Oliver Heckmann, who heads Google's travel products, says that isn't part of the search engine's grand scheme. We sort of believe him (stay tuned for more).

1 month ago

Google Flights Now Notifies Flyers When Airfares Will Expire

Google Flights Now Notifies Flyers When Airfares Will Expire

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google has several very clear advantages over competitors: its mountains of data sets and the computing power to do something with them. That's the context of some of these incremental changes in Google Flights and hotel search. Slowly but surely, after much data crunching and testing, Google -- which already is one of the largest players in travel -- is enhancing its flight and hotel products for consumers and advertisers.

2 months ago

Google Exec Says Master Plan in Travel Is More Connector Than Booker

Google Exec Says Master Plan in Travel Is More Connector Than Booker

Grant Martin, Skift

Google says it wants to provide users with the best answers and connect them to online travel agencies, airlines, and hotels. But Google could also provide greater booking functionality one day soon.

2 months ago