Google Home wants to help book your next flight. You can now find flights and track their pricing directly with your voice via the connected speaker.
Google announced the feature on Wednesday. Saying something like “OK Google, how much are flights to Mumbai?” will start tracking the best flight prices for that route. The Assistant will respond with some price information and ask you if you have dates in mind.
You can opt in to tracking prices for the cheapest flights at which point you’ll receive email confirmation and can then manage your tracked flights through Google Flights. You will then continue to receive email updates from Google flights.
The feature is a nice touch if you often find yourself at home, wondering how much a flight costs but don’t feel like searching your phone. However, Google Home’s core functionality still has some gaps. For instance, the device cannot add reminders or events to your calendar. Ask Google home to remind you to do something, and it will tell you that it doesn’t support reminders yet.
Home has had other issues. Before even ramping up basic functionality, Google has begun introducing sponsored content like ads for Beauty and the Beast that the company insisted were not ads but a “tale” from a sponsor. The company also recently switched Home’s shopping-list function from Google Keep to the Home app, and added throws to Google Express at the same time (see note below).
Flight info is a welcome feature, but Google Home might have better luck attracting customers if it adds features that Google’s audience uses every day.
Update 4/12/17, 3:13 p.m. ET: Google says Home’s shopping list doesn’t have ads it simply allows people to order off of their list, starting with Google Express merchants.
Correction 5:06 p.m. ET: An earlier version of this story said the feature was already part of Google Assistant on phones. It was not, but it may have been available in beta versions of the software.