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Google to cut off its airfare feed for travel websites

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Google to cut off its airfare feed for travel websites

San Francisco, November 2, 2017: In an apparent move to take on major travel services providers like Expedia and Orbitz, Google has announced that it will be cutting off developer access to a feed that automates data for airfare search engines.

The move could potentially put third-party travel sites in a spot.

 “The QPX Express API service will end on April 10, 2018,” Google said in a notice on the FAQ page of its site for software developers.

The search giant also added that it would be ending new user registrations for the flight service.

QPX Express is a simplified airfare search API that offers basic shopping capabilities. It allows easy access to air travel search via a single, standardised API.

“If you are actively using the QPX Express API service, you may want to find an alternate solution before April 11, 2018,” the Google notice said.

Google is not providing any information on alternative API services, but some possibilities that software engineers could use include Fareportal, Skyscanner, and Skypicker, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

Google is also building out its own consumer-facing Flights service, adding cost-saving features, such as flying on a different day, landing in a different airport, or checking to see how airfares vary over time on a graph, the report added.

How Google’s decision to shutdown its API service will specifically affect third-party travel sites is not fully clear.

According to technology news website TechCrunch, customers of QPX include a lot of household names like Bing Travel, Cape Air, CheapTickets, Kayak.com, Orbitz, Alitalia, American, ANA, United Airlines, US Airways, and Virgin Atlantic.

Google’s move to cut off third-party access could require these services to build their own databases by going directly to the airlines.(IANS)

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Gmail Is All New Now

The update is aimed at making 'G Suite' look and act like a family of products designed in the "Google Material Theme"

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Google has released a new interface design for the mobile version of Gmail that includes new visual implementations as well as feature additions., Pixabay

Google has released a new interface design for the mobile version of Gmail that includes new visual implementations as well as feature additions.

As part of the new design, users will be able to quickly view attachments like photos without having to open or scroll through the entire conversation, Nikolus Ray, Product Manager, Gmail, Google wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

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The new design is intended to make switching between personal and professional accounts smoother to enable users to access their emails quicker. 

The new design is intended to make switching between personal and professional accounts smoother to enable users to access their emails quicker.

“Just like on Gmail web, you’ll get big, red warnings to alert you when something looks phish-y,” Ray said.

The update is aimed at making ‘G Suite’ look and act like a family of products designed in the “Google Material Theme.”

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The new design is intended to make switching between personal and professional accounts smoother to enable users to access their emails quicker. 

“We’ve already updated the web experiences for Gmail, Drive, Calendar, and most recently Google Docs and Sites, and more G Suite mobile apps to follow later this year,” Ray added.

Also Read: Gmail: Google Alerts its Users About the New ‘Confidential Mode’

Along with tweaks in the interface, in April 2018 Google added a plethora of new features on Gmail for web including the “Nudge” feature for quick message reminders, “Smart Reply” feature and a “Confidential Mode” that allows users to remove the option to forward, copy, download or print a message.

The new Gmail design for mobile is expected to reach all iOS and Android users in the coming weeks, the post noted. (IANS)