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Google Now update serves up alternatives when flights get delayed

Google Now already has a strong reputation for serving up timely info, whether it’s a nudge about your next meeting or the latest football transfer rumours.

Now, the service’s latest addition could mean an end interminable waits at the airport.

If your plane is stranded on the ground, Google Now for Android will now deliver alternatives when you slide it open. That means you can try and convince airlines to get you on a different flight or fork out to get to your destination quicker.

The latest update also brings up departure information for train and bus bookings, pulling in all the relevant information from your Gmail account.

iPhone users are going to have to wait for this latest update, with Google only rolling it out to Android phones with its excellent Google Search app.

However, with Now becoming a major focus for the Big G, it shouldn’t be too long before iOS fanatics are cutting down on time spent in overpriced airport coffee shops.

Google recently brought its Now Launcher to all Android phones, regardless of whether they use tweaked versions of the operating system.

Users with Android 4.1 or higher can now swipe across to open cards relating to their day, from news to personal calendar updates.

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