Many of us were wondering not that long ago why Android apps aren't a bigger priority for Google; it doesn't matter how true this statement was back then, because lately Google has been paying a lot of attention to the apps that it already had, and they're also focusing on some newer products as well. I talked about the rumored Google Trips
a week ago when I first got an invite to beta test the app, and now the first screenshots have surfaced. So what do they tell us?
From the looks of things, Google Trips will be showcasing pre-made trips from around the world, and just as you'd imagine it will personalize its results to fit your needs best, with Gmail integration. You can turn that off if you want, but if you're like me you'll love the pre-made suggestions that Google gives out; right now, this feature is present in a slightly different form in Google Now, where you get suggestions for sights around you whenever you're in a new location.
As you can see in the screenshots above, Google Trips has a couple of filters that might prove extra useful once the app is released. You can search the top rated spots around you, or choose to search only indoor or only outdoor trip destinations - and I'm willing to bet that's not all.
And not only destinations are covered by the app - getting around to, from and at your destination is made easy with travel suggestions as well.
I know I can't wait for my invitation to come through and start testing Google Trips myself. If you haven't received the invitation to be a beta tester for the app, there's still time. Check out the Local Guides
program from Google, sign up and start reviewing the places near you, or the places you usually visit. The more reviews and comments you leave, the higher your level will grow - and level 2 contributors (and up) will get an invitation for the Trips beta test.