Google Home Can Now Track Flight Prices

April 13, 2017, 2:56 PM UTC

Google Home, the search giant’s rival to Amazon Echo, can now track drops in flight prices for you.

Similar to Echo, owners can ask Google Home to search for information. The device is powered by Google’s voice assistant, Google Assistant, which responds back with answers. The drawback to Google Home is that it doesn’t yet have all the features and services of Amazon’s Alexa.

But unlike Amazon, Google (GOOG) Home taps into the power of Google’s own wealth of search information, which includes personal travel information as well as flight times via its flight search service Google Flights.

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The new feature lets Google Home users ask Google Assistant to give them information on pricing for flights to and from cities. Users can ask Google Home, “How much are flights to New York City,” and the assistant will respond with prices for a given period of time.

The assistant will also ask if users want it to track price changes. Would-be travelers can only track flight prices for a general location and date, not for a specific flight or airline. Google will then send the results via emails with flight prices and drops for the specific route.

Amazon’s (AMZN) Alexa also offers flight tracking, but through travel search engine Kayak.

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