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Android users heading off on holiday soon could be about to benefit from a great new update.
Google has rolled out an upgrade to its voice-activated Google Assistant that will allow users to track the cost of flights and spot a potential bargain.
The service, available on mobile devices and Google Home, will even send users alerts when their particular journey is cheapest – potentially saving you valuable spending money.
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Google says that the new feature will make it easy to find the travel information you need – straight to your Android phone or Google Home device.
It can be activated by launching the Google Assistant device how much a flight costs between two destinations.
The service will then bring up a list of options from different airlines, as well as wider information such as how long the flight will take.
This could affect situations such as planning an upcoming trip or just simply checking the status of your current reservations.
Cheap flights could soon be yours thanks to the new Google Assistant update
The Assistant displays flight two weeks from the day of asking, unless you ask it for a more specific window.
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The service will then say that it can keep track of the cheapest flights on whatever dates you specific, and send email alerts if it spots any price updates.
You’ll need a Gmail account in order to receive these updates, as well as a phone that is able to run the Google Assistant.
This means any device running Android 7.0 Nougat and above, following Google’s expansion of the service last month.
Previously, only devices running Android Nougat 7.1 were able to use the Google Assistant – which meant the company’s own Pixel and Pixel XL devices.
There’s no physical list of which exact devices are ‘eligible’ for the update, but Google says “hundreds of millions of Android users” will get to enjoy the upgrade soon.
The company also isn’t rolling out the update as a physical download, but rather releasing it as an update to Google Play Services, meaning you should see it pop up when opening the Google Play Store.
Once downloaded, you can long-press your device’s home button to launch the Google Assistant.