AppTV: Google – Travel Simplified


– On this episode of APP TV, I’m sharing my favorite
travel apps with a twist. Join me, Tasia Custode. – And me, Richard Harlow. – [Tasia] For another episode of APP TV. There are so many travel
apps to choose from it can be overwhelming. Luckily, Google is here to the rescue, offering up some great apps
to make your travel a breeze. First up, is the Google Search app. I’ve mentioned my love of this app before, but it deserves a second shout out. You can search by voice, which
is way easier than typing, especially if you’re
traveling and on the go. Okay, Google, how do I get to Whistler? – [Google] Whistler is
one hour and 41 minutes from your location, by
car, in light traffic. Here are your directions. – Google also generates helpful
updates using Google Now. Google pulls from places
like your Gmail account to show you relevant information, right from the home page screen. And, getting the weather
and news is great and all, but my favorite part about these cards, is I don’t have to pull up
appointment info, birthday info, and things like boarding
passes and upcoming flights. Be sure to check out
our other APP TV segment on how to set up voice
commands in the Google app. Now, you can’t have a Google
edition travel app segment without mentioning the Google Maps app. At the bottom of the home
screen you have the option to explore food and drinks near you. If you click on that option,
Google Maps will pull up nearby places to eat
and categorize them all, according to the time of
day and the type of food. But, cooler yet, is the offline feature. So, if you’re traveling
and pop on and off of WiFi, you’re gonna wanna take
advantage of this feature. From the Google Maps home screen, click the menu in the top left. Then, tap on Offline Areas. Then, click the settings
icon in the top right, and make sure you’re set
to download over WiFi only. Back in the Maps home screen, search for the city
you’re in or exploring, using voice commands or that
white search bar at the top. Now, click on the name at the bottom of your search screen results, and tap Download, the
last option on the right. Maps will tell you how much
space it’s going to take up, and it will give you a chance
to rename the offline area. Once you’ve downloaded an area, guided navigation only works
for driving directions. So, it won’t navigate
you for transit, walking, or biking, but it’s still going to pull up in a search where something is on the map. Downloads expire after 29 days. Last, but not least, is
the Google Translate app. This is one of the most helpful apps if you’re traveling to another country where you don’t speak the language. Just like with Maps, you
can download languages for offline translation. This is really helpful if you don’t have WiFi or a great data package. To do so, click the gear icon
in the bottom right corner, then select Offline Translation. And you can add your
desired languages here using the plus symbol in the top right. This is also where you’ll be
able to upgrade a language or delete a downloaded
language to free up some space. So, that’s pretty cool and helpful, right? And, of course, you can also
translate by text or voice, but with Google Translate, you can also translate via your camera. Now, think about that for a second. You’re out at a restaurant, and you don’t understand
a single thing on the menu because you don’t speak the language. Not a problem, anymore. From Translate home screen,
click the camera icon in the left, and align the lens to whatever it is you’re trying to read. The translation won’t be perfect, but it’s going to be more than enough for you to understand
what you’re ordering. Traveling, simplified. For more helpful tips, how-tos, featured apps, and interviews, head to ami.ca/shows

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