“Voyages” gathers all the associated results in a single space
Google keeps track of your activity on every device you own – something that would be terrifying if it weren’t so useful. We’ve all dived back into our browser history to find something from the previous days, whether it’s a recipe, a nearby restaurant, or that long read you haven’t finished reading. . With two new Chrome experiences, Google wants to make it easier for you to pick up where you left off.
The the most promising of these two new features is “Travel”, a space where data is automatically grouped, along with suggested associated search terms. As the name suggests, Google designed Journeys primarily for travel plans, consolidating all of your various attractions, restaurants, and accommodations into one centralized area. However, this is not limited to your next vacation. The company’s sample screenshot shows information about Nest Audio, including a YouTube video highlighting its feature set and lists of stores to purchase one.
As you might expect, Google eliminates some of the immediate privacy concerns for this product from the get-go. Trips can be turned off at any time, and each time you clear your browsing history, its content is erased. You can also delete specific route entries on command. Most importantly, none of this information is linked to your account – it’s designed only for local devices. This limitation can cause frustration for users who want to collect information from laptops, smartphones and tablets; Fortunately, Google says it will consider an account-wide version based on user feedback.
Journeys is live as an experiment on Chrome Canary, with plans to continue improving and developing it before it reaches a wider audience.
It’s not the only product Google is testing to improve user access to searches. A new side panel in the Chrome OS Dev channel allows everyone to view results and pages simultaneously. With this feature, you can click on a specific list and return to your recent search without having to leave either page. While the side panel would stay closed by default, just click on the “G” icon next to search to open it.
Despite the current limitation of Chrome OS, this feature could eventually expand to other platforms, as well as support for search engines other than Google. For now, both experiments are sticking to smaller test groups as the company seeks feedback.
The two companies announced a new agreement this morning
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