The Official Google Blog (42)

Scoring a touchdown with Google Home Mini

Hey Google, who is Tony Romo?… I'm kidding! But if you do ask, Google will tell you that I'm a former quarterback who played my entire 14-year career in Dallas. When you're used to playing at the top of your game, it takes a ton of practice. I used to have my team behind me every day, but now as a ...

Let's talk turkey: Thanksgiving food trends

Set the table and pour yourself a glass. It's time to talk about your top Thanksgiving recipes and questions according to Google Search. Though it might not be as subject to debate as some conversations you have at your family table, there's plenty of variety when it comes to our national menus this ...

Safely and quickly distribute private enterprise apps with Google Play

Google Play gives your organization a rich ecosystem of apps for work, enabling your team to be productive from anywhere.Many businesses use a managed version of Google Play, which allows IT administrators to whitelist specific applications for their team to use. However, sometimes you need a more ...

Spreading holiday cheer with great deals on Google Play

As temperatures drop, stay warm and entertained with these hot holiday deals on Google Play. Starting today, you'll be able to find your favorite movies, apps, games, music, TV and books at deep discounts. Just in time for the holidays, these deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday run through ...

Tune in for the world's first Google Translate music tour

Eleven years ago, Google Translate was created to break down language barriers. Since then, it has enabled billions of people and businesses all over the world to talk, connect and understand each other in new ways.And we're still re-imagining how it can be used—most recently, with music. The ...

Learn more about the world around you with Google Lens and the Assistant

Looking at a landmark and not sure what it is? Interested in learning more about a movie as you stroll by the poster? With Google Lens and your Google Assistant, you now have a helpful sidekick to tell you more about what's around you, right on your Pixel. When we introduced the new Pixel 2 last ...

Turn customers into advocates with #SmallThanks

The holiday season is a time to be grateful for friends, family and community. For me, that gratitude includes the small businesses who are a part of my everyday life in California. From my friends at Zombie Runner whose post-run coffee is the best part of my workout, to the folks at Tin-Pot ...

Two years of Google.org grants for racial justice

For many years, bold leaders across the U.S. have been using technology to foster a national dialogue on systemic inequity. Through painful moments like the Charleston church shooting, Googlers, like many others, asked what we could do to advance a more inclusive society. Two years ago, alongside ...

A merry mobile holiday with Google Shopping

In those spare moments between basting the turkey, assembling gingerbread houses, and planning your ugly-sweater party, you might find yourself reaching for your phone to research holiday gifts you still need to buy. You're not alone: With information readily available at the swipe of a finger, ...

Experimenting with VR at the South China Morning Post

Having spent my pre-Google career as a reporter and editor at legacy media organizations, I can tell you that digital transformation in the news industry is challenging. Even when news organizations have the will, resources and technical expertise, the obstacles to transformation can be daunting.In ...

Defying gravity: an epic stunt at the Guggenheim Bilbao

When the Guggenheim Bilbao museum opened 20 years ago it was described by many as a starship from outer space. Its swirling roof is made of paper-thin titanium tiles—33,000 of them—covering the building like fish scales. At the time, it was such a novelty that the museum had to commission a ...

Investing £1 million in training for computing teachers in the U.K.

Advancing our students' understanding of the principles and practices of computing is critical to developing a competitive workforce for the 21st century.In every field, businesses of all sizes are looking to hire people who understand computing, so we need more students to leave school confident in ...

How Sweden's Oxievång School helps teachers navigate the journey to the learning island'

Editor's note: Google has just completed its first-ever Google for Education Study Tour, bringing nearly 100 educators from 12 countries around Europe to Lund, Sweden, to share ideas on innovating within their systems and creating an environment that embraces innovation.. One of the highlights of ...

Fact-checking the French election: lessons from CrossCheck, a collaborative effort to combat misinformation

Nine months ago, 37 newsrooms worked together to combat misinformation in the run-up to the French Presidential election. Organized by First Draft, and supported by the Google News Lab, CrossCheck launched a virtual newsroom, where fact-checkers collaborated to verify disputed online content and ...

'Tis the season to Fi it Forward

With the season for giving right around the corner, we're excited to kick off the Fi it Forward referral challenge. The challenge is rolling out today starting on desktop.Like our last referral challenge, participants will earn prizes for the referrals they make throughout the challenge. In the Fi ...

Lights, shadows and silhouettes by #teampixel

Shadows don't always have to be scary—they can be downright magical. This week, #teampixel is sharing everything from a solitary lemon's shadow to palm trees silhouetted against a vivid sky in Venice, CA. Come chase shadows with us and see what you find.If you'd like to be featured on @google and ...

7 ways the Assistant can help you get ready for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and, as always, your Google Assistant is ready to help. So while the turkey cooks and the family gathers, here are some questions to ask your Assistant.  Show up to dinner on time: Ok Google, how's traffic?'Prepare accordingly: Ok Google, set a turkey timer for ...

Developing a VR game in just two weeks

Earlier this year, 3D modeler Jarlan Perez joined the Blocks team for a two-week sprint. The goal of his time with the team was to create a fully immersive virtual reality game in just two weeks using Blocks and Unreal Engine, two tools that have significantly influenced his process as a modeler and ...

The High Five: our searches go on, and on

Turkey, Titanic' and the pope's new ride were on our minds this week. Here are a few of the week's top search trends, with data from the Google News Lab.Almost time for turkeyAs people in the U.S. prepare to gather around the table for Thanksgiving next week, our Thanksgiving insights page has all ...

An AI Resident at work: Suhani Vora and her work on genomics

Suhani Vora is a bioengineer, aspiring machine learning expert, SNES Super Mario World ninja, and Google AI Resident. This means that she's part of a 12-month research training program designed to jumpstart a career in machine learning. Residents, who are paired with Google AI mentors to work on ...

Doubling down in Japan

With Ruth, our CFO, visiting the site of our new Tokyo office today.In 2001, when Google was just three years old, we opened our first office outside the U.S. That office was right here in Tokyo. Before Chrome, Gmail and YouTube, there was Google Japan.16 years later, Google has grown quite a ...

Reflecting on a year's worth of Chrome security improvements

In the next few weeks, you'll probably be spending lots of time online buying gifts for your friends, family and extended family' . And as always, you want to do so securely. Picking the perfect present is hard enough; you shouldn't have to worry about staying safe while you're shopping.Security has ...

Go behind the scenes with Austin City Limits: Backstage

Austin City Limits' needs little introduction. It's the longest-running television music program in history, it's helped launch the careers of iconic musicians like Willie Nelson , and it's even enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But, for all its history, the closest you can get is either in ...

Identifying credible content online, with help from the Trust Project

Every day approximately 50,000 web pages filled with information come online—ranging from the weird, the wonderful and the wacky to the serious, the subjective, and the spectacular. With a plethora of choices out there, we rely on algorithms to sort and rank all this information to help us find ...

How girls see the world: Girlgaze and Pixel 2

Girlgaze is a multimedia company that highlights the work of female-identifying creatives and is dedicated to closing the gender gap by providing paid job opportunities for its global community.Girlgaze's inaugural zine, out today, was created primarily using Pixel 2, and today we're also releasing ...

Google Maps gets a new look

The world is an ever-evolving place. And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it. As roads close, businesses open, or local events happen in your neighborhood, you'll see it on Google Maps. When you schedule an event using Google Calendar, get a reservation confirmation in Gmail, or add a ...

Defending access to lawful information at Europe's highest court

Under the right to be forgotten, Europeans can ask for information about themselves to be removed from search results for their name if it is outdated, or irrelevant. From the outset, we have publicly stated our concerns about the ruling, but we have still worked hard to comply—and to do so ...

Quill.org: better writing with machine learning

Editor's note: TensorFlow, our open source machine learning library, is just that—open to anyone. Companies, nonprofits, researchers and developers have used TensorFlow in some pretty cool ways, and we're sharing those stories here on Keyword. Here's one of them. Quill.org was founded by a group ...

New tools to make your job search simpler

To help the millions of people who turn to Google to start their job search, we worked with leaders across the industry to introduce a new experience earlier this year. Since then, we've seen 60 percent more employers showing jobs in Search and connected tens of millions of people to new job ...

Our efforts to help protect journalists online

Safety and security online is important for all of our users, but especially for journalists in the field conducting difficult—sometimes dangerous—reporting.Journalists are susceptible to a number of risks. Reporters covering oppressive regimes or working in regions where freedom of the press is ...

Seven things you can do with Google Pixel Buds

Last month we announced Google Pixel Buds, a pair of wireless headphones that sound great and help you do more without you needing to look at your phone. Pixel Buds are easy to control, comfortable to wear, and fast to pair, and with the Google Assistant, help is just a touch away. There's a lot ...

Chrome Enterprise now offers native print management

In August we announced the launch of Chrome Enterprise, a single, cost-effective solution giving you the security and control you need to keep your employees connected. On our road to releasing Chrome Enterprise, we listened to a lot of feedback from businesses. And one of the most common requests ...

The Google Home app keeps getting better

Your Google Home and Chromecast are all set up and ready to go. Now, what to watch or listen to? The refreshed Google Home app makes it easier for you to find some of your favorite movies, shows and music. It's not just a new look—we've added new smarts, too. Here are a few ways the updated Google ...

How the Pixel 2's security module delivers enterprise-grade security

Security is often top of mind for enterprise customers when it comes to choosing a device for work. Company data should be protected against all manner of threats to avoid a costly and distressing security breach.The new Google Pixel 2 was built with a tamper-resistant hardware security module that ...

Android Pay goes local in Ukraine, Czech Republic, Brazil and Slovakia

Whenever we launch Android Pay in a new market, we think about how to enable faster, easier checkout while taking into account the distinct payment habits of each place. Working with partners is a key part of creating a local experience.A few weeks ago, we launched Android Pay in Ukraine. Today, ...

Spend more time around the table this Thanksgiving

Many Americans will spend next Thursday surrounded by family and friends around a table full of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce . Because traveling for Thanksgiving can be stressful, we looked at historical Google Maps traffic data to identify the best and worst times for your Thanksgiving ...

Accelerating the journey to the cloud for SAP customers—access transparency preview and new certifications

From the moment we announced a partnership with SAP at Google Cloud Next in March, we've been busy readying SAP systems to run effectively on Google Cloud Platform . Our momentum with SAP offers solutions for all types of business, from SMBs to the largest enterprises around the world, including ...

Indianapolis revs up with Grow with Google

For more than a hundred years, Indiana has been a powerhouse in American manufacturing. Its factories assembled the vehicles that would take the country into a new automotive era in the 20th century. Historic auto companies like Studebaker, Cord and Duesenberg called the state home. Though Indiana ...

Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant

From dinner bells to shouting, attempting to gather the family from around the house is nothing new. And now, your Google Assistant is getting in on the game. Starting today, you can broadcast your voice from your Assistant on your phone or voice-activated speaker, like Google Home. So when you need ...

Maximizing art assets for VR

In line with previous tips we shared about creating art assets for VR, we've put together a few specific techniques for VR artists to get the most out of polygons and UV space.Tiling textures: Instead of making one giant texture that covers lots of space, create a smaller tileable texture that can ...

Dynamic Hybrid-SMR: an OCP proposal to improve data center disk drives

Early last year, we published a whitepaper on the need for new disks in data centers, and announced we were joining the Open Compute Project to help drive innovation in IT infrastructure. Since then, we've been collaborating with members of the OCP storage project to align on a collection of common ...

Unlock your superpowers with Android Pay and Justice League

If you use Android Pay today, you're in for a surprise. Like our beloved animations of space explorers, Halloween haunts, and Wimbledon players in the past, five of our Android bots have channeled their superpowers to become Justice League Super Heroes in celebration of the movie. Starting in the ...