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Where is my parcel? Google knows

The days of anxiously waiting for the postman to see if your latest order has arrived could soon be in the past, thanks to the introduction of a new feature from Google.

A post on the official Google Blog outlined how users would be able to ask Google questions such as "Where is my parcel?" or "Is my flight on time?" and receive an instant answer through search results.

In addition to tracking the status of a service, individuals can also search for 'my reservations' to receive details of tickets they have booked or the table they reserved for dinner. Meanwhile, 'my hotel' will provide location tailored directions to your accommodation, as well as the name and any booking details which need to be shown upon arrival.

Finally, sharing pictures will also be made considerably easier with these instant Google results. Typing 'Show me my pictures from Belgrade' or 'my photos of donkeys' will return image results filtered by Google according to your specifications.

How does it work?

As long as the answer to a query is contained within the users Gmail, Google + or Google Calendar, it will appear directly on the page. This prevents the individual from having to scroll back through their emails, which can be time-consuming and inconvenient if an urgent answer is needed.

The results are only visible to the individual involved, and the feature can be turned on or off at any time to ensure complete privacy. Currently the service will only be available in the United States, although this is likely to be expanded worldwide if it is a success.

Natalie Booth, head of search at theEword commented: "The July search engine share figures showed a decrease for Google and a boost for Bing, something which has happened frequently in recent months. While Google is still considerably ahead of the competition, innovative features such as this show that the company is clearly doing everything it can to retain its place as the market leader."