Google Search app for Android 4.1+ December 5 update has added new cards for events nearby, boarding passes, walking, biking activity, birthdays, and card designed for travel like the currency conversion, translation, and flight status cards.
The search app is the fastest, easiest way to find what you need on the web and on your mobile device, and let you use your voice to search, get personalized results based on your location.
In addition, the app also has Google Now, that tells you the right information at just the right time. Google Now is currently available on Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean).
This update to Google Now makes it even more useful for traveling. "Before you even leave your house, Google Now will tell you what the weather will be like at your destination (just in time to make sure you remember to pack those mittens). At the airport, your boarding pass is automatically pulled up, helping you breeze through to the gate (launching shortly for United Airlines, with more to come). And once you've arrived at your destination, Google Now can help you uncover some great activities, by showing you events happening around you, suggesting websites for you to explore as you research things to do, or allowing you to learn more about specific pieces while you're at a museum (using Google Goggles)," informs Google.
There's also a new card for research topics, with Google Now shows a card with other useful pages from the same topic. Google also includes a "history" section with pages you've already visited.
"The research topics card appears when your recent Web History includes several searches related to a single topic - such as a trip you're planning - and Google detects relevant webpages that you may not have found yet. For this card to appear, you must have Web History turned on for the account you use with Google Now. To explore more links that may be relevant to the topic, touch Explore at the bottom of the card. From the list of links, touch the History tab to view a summary of your recent Web History related to this topic," Google said.
In addition, Google Voice Search also gets updates and now let you find out the name of the song that's playing ("What's this song?"), quickly find product info ("Scan this barcode") and post updates to Google+ simply by using just your voice.
You can get the latest Google Search app on Google Play Store.
Google updated its desktop OneBoxes for definitions and local time to match the card layout from Google Now. The same layout is also used in the mobile search UI for most Google OneBoxes.
These cards are much bigger, and they include a lot more information, more white space and more distinctive headers.