Articles tagged “google”

Google Flights’ New Look Moves Away From Travel Inspiration

Google Flights’ New Look Moves Away From Travel Inspiration

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Google made its claim to fame partly on the simplicity of its user interface. Its new interface for flight search is a return to its elegant design roots.

4 days ago

Google Earbuds With Real-Time Translation Aren’t Much More Than a Gimmick

Google Earbuds With Real-Time Translation Aren’t Much More Than a Gimmick

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The future you're promised is never the future you get. Google is touting artificial intelligence-powered translation capability as a transformative feature for its users, but it's really just an impractical repackaging of existing technology.

5 days ago

Waymo Will Deploy Driverless Minivans for Consumers in Phoenix

Waymo Will Deploy Driverless Minivans for Consumers in Phoenix

Mark Bergen, Bloomberg

Travelers will soon be able to catch a driverless ride from a Waymo minivan in select areas of Phoenix, beating its competitors to the punch with its first commercial test. We'll find out soon if Lyft, a Waymo partner, will be selling the rides.

2 weeks ago

Google to Retire ITA Software Flight-Search Engine for Small Companies

Google to Retire ITA Software Flight-Search Engine for Small Companies

Mark Bergen and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

ITA was a hot commodity in its heyday before Google swallowed it up in 2010. That's ancient history, and there was waning interest among small companies to access what is now Google's flight-search software. All things must pass.

3 weeks ago

Internet Billionaires Are Playing a Game of Chess With Uber and Lyft as Pawns

Internet Billionaires Are Playing a Game of Chess With Uber and Lyft as Pawns

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

The battle for the future or transportation — self-driving cars included — looks like it'll be a dramatic one as these tech billionaires duke it out via their deep pockets.

1 month ago

Google’s New Earbuds With Real-Time Translation Have Huge Implications for Travel

Google’s New Earbuds With Real-Time Translation Have Huge Implications for Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

The first iteration of this technology could be glitchy, but the ability to translate your speech into 40 languages could turn out to be something of a true killer app for the travel industry.

2 months ago

Google Travel Is Worth $100 Billion — Even More Than Priceline

Google Travel Is Worth $100 Billion — Even More Than Priceline

Jared Wein, Skift

While some may disagree, we believe that Google is not becoming an online travel agency. It certainly could do so, but its travel business is already massive and highly profitable. We estimate it will generate around $14 billion in revenue in 2017, and will grow at over 20 percent per year for the foreseeable future.

2 months ago

Google Could Take Revenge on Uber With $1 Billion Lyft Investment

Google Could Take Revenge on Uber With $1 Billion Lyft Investment

Mark Bergen and Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

While Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car unit is tied up with litigation against Uber, Alphabet/Google can inject some much-needed cash into Lyft. Side note: Uber's new CEO, the former Expedia boss, would have another reason to be miffed at Google.

2 months ago

Google Sues to Block EU Antitrust Fine as Travel Probe Could Be on the Agenda

Google Sues to Block EU Antitrust Fine as Travel Probe Could Be on the Agenda

Aoife White, Bloomberg

Google's move to appeal the fine will tie up the matter in litigation for an extended period. Meanwhile, much of the travel industry is waiting for the other boot to drop — a probe into Google's travel practices, as EU officials have hinted.

2 months ago

Google May Finally Face a Showdown With Regulators Over Its Evolving Travel Tools

Google May Finally Face a Showdown With Regulators Over Its Evolving Travel Tools

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Google now prods its users to try to cut their travel costs by considering alternative airports and other tricks. Yet the incremental moves may not appease a European watchdog that may question its broader business practices in travel.

3 months ago

The Other Reason Expedia’s CEO Would Have Left His Company

The Other Reason Expedia’s CEO Would Have Left His Company

Dennis Schaal, Skift

What would make Expedia obsolete and cause Khosrowshahi to leave? Expedia's apparently outgoing CEO answered that question for us last year and talked about big technology trends a few years in the offing. But is he bolting because he thinks Expedia's best days are behind it?

3 months ago

Google Is Testing Vacation Rental Search in Its Hotel Price-Comparison Tool

Google Is Testing Vacation Rental Search in Its Hotel Price-Comparison Tool

Sean O'Neill, Skift

In tests involving about 7,000 property listings in Europe, Google is checking if travelers would like to use it to search and book vacation rentals. Online travel rivals should be on the alert.

4 months ago