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Google recently revealed that it has made changes to the way people can book flights and hotels through its search results. The changes are in a bid to make travel booking on smartphones easier, a report on Verge said.

Commenting on the changes, Google director of travel product management Eric Zimmerman said in a statement: “We’re evolving the way our hotel search works on smartphones to help users explore options and make decisions on their smallest screens. The new hotel search experience includes better price filtering, easier-to-find amenity information and the ability to book right from Google.”

When searching for a flight on Google Flights, users can choose the “Hotels” tab on the top and can scroll through search results for properties with images, and swipe through them without having to leave the results list. Users can also filter options based on dates and prices and book through the search results list too, the report from Verge added.

The same applications applies for the flights when searching for hotels. Users can click on the “Flights” tab and book when they’re ready to fly, the statement from Google said.

Another option on the tab is “More Destinations”. The option allows users to explore other destinations, weekend getaways and trips users might be considering. Another new feature includes “Your Trips”. Users can access upcoming and previous travels through their Gmail on the search results. This feature is private but can be shared with family and friends and also edited offline through the Your Trips app.

Verge believes the changes manifested from Google realising that people rather book on their phone while they are on-the-go, than make time to book on a laptop or a desktop. Additionally, when adding last-minute changes, users prefer to not open multiple windows and apps to finalise bookings, the report added.

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