We recently wrote about Google Now
, and how you can use voice commands to tell it to do many things beyond simply search. Of course, there are many things you can do with Google Now without voice search, and many things it does by itself, without having to ask. For example, if you receive an email about a package delivery, Google Now will automatically remember the tracking number, and periodically update you on the status of the package shipment. If you receive an email that is a confirmation about a flight you're taking, Google Now will remind you about the upcoming flight, let you know if it is delayed, if the gate changes, etc.
And now comes word that Google has added another capability, that could prove to be very valuable. If you use Google Flights
to search for fares on a particular air destination or flight, Google Now is able to keep searching for the best airfare for that flight, and keep you updated as fares change from day to-day. As with all Google services, you need to be logged into the same Google account on your phone and on the flight search engine.
This capability appears to be rolling out gradually, so if it hasn't hit your phone yet you should receive it soon. Have you seen this card in Google Now? Are you using the Google Flights search engine? Did you even know about Google Flights?