The Official Google Blog (51)

Cooling off with #teampixel

We enjoyed all the fun in the sun with #teampixel this summer. From a whirlwind tour around the globe to getting one with nature, our Pixel photographers shared some stunning shots that gave us the chills . Before we head into fall, we're paying one last homage to the warmer months with a series ...

How Google went all in on video meetings

Editor's note: this is the first article in a five-part series on Google Hangouts.I've worked at Google for more than a decade and have seen the company expand across geographies—including to Stockholm where I have worked from day one. My coworkers and I build video conferencing technology to help ...

Transforming Chile's health sector with connectivity

Editor's note: From instant access to medical records, to telemedicine in rural areas, connectivity in the health sector has the power to improve lives. In this guest post, Soledad Munoz Lopez, CIO of the Chilean Ministry of Health, shares with us how Chile implemented a national API-based ...

Android zero-touch enrollment: seamless and secure enterprise deployment

Companies around the world deploy Android to mobilize employees and transform their businesses. No matter the use case, we know that a successful deployment is about more than just selecting the right devices; it's about getting them configured and rolled out into the hands of users as quickly and ...

Something's coming … West Side Story' on Google Arts & Culture

In the olden days, everybody sang.'Those are the words of Leonard Bernstein, composer behind the iconic musical West Side Story,' where everyone danced and snapped through the streets, too. Whether you're a Jet all the way or you side with the Sharks, Tony and Maria's love story is as poignant today ...

Headphones optimized for the Google Assistant

Your Assistant is already available to help on phones, speakers and more. But sometimes you need something a bit more personal, just for you to hear. And that's where headphones come into play. Like when you're commuting on the train or reading at home. It would be nice to get on-the-go help from ...

A ride to remember on World Alzheimer's Day

Editor's note: Anne-Christine Hertz is a Swedish inventor who works at Health Technology Centre of Halland. Today, she shares a story of how the Centre used Street View to invent a device that helps elderly with Alzheimer's.A few weeks ago I met 75-year-old Lars Jonsson and his wife Ingrid. They ...

Google signs agreement with HTC, continuing our big bet on hardware

About a year and a half ago, I joined Google to pursue my dream job to create compelling hardware products, built with Google's smarts at their core. As a first step, we brought together various consumer hardware-related efforts and established a single hardware organization within the company. Our ...

Working together to combat terrorists online

Editor's note: This is a revised and abbreviated version of a speech Kent delivered today at the United Nations in New York City, NY, on behalf of the members of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism.The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism is a group of four technology ...

Best Practices: Creating Art Assets for VR

Editor's Note: This is a design-focused post for anyone interested in creating art assets for virtual reality.As a VR and AR artist, I've noticed two trends. First, new tools and practices that can make us better artists are appearing all the time. But also, techniques and skills from the late 90's ...

Project Fi welcomes Android One, with the moto x4

With Project Fi, we set out to make your wireless experience fast, easy and fair—with access to three national 4G LTE networks, and international roaming at no extra cost. But many of you have asked us for more options for high quality, affordable devices that work with Project Fi. We've heard you ...

Hector Mujica on showing grace to those in the margins' and his social impact work at Google

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we're celebrating the fascinating stories and important contributions of our Hispanic Googlers—their histories, their families, and what keeps them busy inside and outside of work.  Any Venezuelan football fans out there? Here I am showing some love for "Vino ...

Addressing the UK NCSC's Cloud Security Principles

As your organization adopts more cloud services, it's essential to get a clear picture of how sensitive data will be protected. Many authorities, from government regulators, to industry standards bodies and consortia, have provided guidance on how to evaluate cloud security. Notably, the UK National ...

Why we should develop circular cities' and how Google technology can help

The process of digging up materials, turning those materials into a product, and shipping it to an end user' is called the linear' economy, and it's depleting our world of resources faster than they can be replenished. We need to ditch this old model and move to a circular' economy. Instead of using ...

Supporting new ideas in the fight against hate

Addressing the threat posed by violence and hate is a critical challenge for us all. Google has taken steps to tackle violent extremist content online—putting our best talent and technology to the task, and partnering with law enforcement agencies, civil society groups, and the wider technology ...

Two new white papers examine enterprise web browser security

Online security has never been more critical to businesses, and the tools used to access the web are a major factor to evaluate. Choosing an enterprise-grade web browser that offers the right security features keeps businesses' data protected while enabling employees to take advantage of the open ...

Two new white papers examine enterprise web browser security

Online security has never been more critical to businesses, and the tools used to access the web are a major factor to evaluate. Choosing an enterprise-grade web browser that offers the right security features and  keeps businesses' data protected while enabling employees to take advantage of the ...

Search more intuitively using natural language processing in Google Cloud Search

Earlier this year, we launched Google Cloud Search, a new G Suite tool that uses machine learning to help organizations find and access information quickly. Just like in Google Search, which lets you search queries in a natural, intuitive way, we want to make it easy for you to find information in ...

How publishers can take advantage of machine learning

As the publishing world continues to face new challenges amidst the shift to digital, news media and publishers are tasked with unlocking new opportunities. With online news consumption continuing to grow, it's crucial that publishers take advantage of new technologies to sustain and grow their ...

View the world through someone else's lens in Google Earth

Every day, hundreds of millions of people are snapping photos of the world around them. What if you could explore the world through the eyes of all those people? Starting today you're invited to explore a global map of crowdsourced photos in Google Earth. Take a walk around Shinto shrines or hang ...

Search and discover with the Google app for iOS

Not all journeys have a destination. Whether browsing the web or looking for answers, the latest update to the Google app on iOS helps you keep exploring.Starting today, while you're reading a webpage on the Google app for iOS, you'll see suggestions for related content when you pull up the bottom ...

At New Zealand schools, Chromebooks top the list of learning tools

New Zealand educators are changing their approach to teaching, building personalized learning pathways for every student. Technology plays a key part in this approach. New Zealand has joined the list of countries including Sweden and the United States where Chromebooks are the number one device ...

At New Zealand schools, Chromebooks top the list of learning tools

New Zealand educators are changing their approach to teaching, building personalized learning pathways for every student. Technology plays a key part in this approach. New Zealand has joined the list of countries including Sweden the United States where Chromebooks are the number one device used in ...

Championing diversity in tech and creative industries at ADCOLOR

The 2017 ADCOLOR Conference & Awards begins today in Los Angeles, CA—two days of learning and celebration with a community of racially diverse, LGBT, women, and ally professionals across tech and creative industries.A variety of perspectives is key to creating better products and outcomes for ...

Startup with Google, a resource to help young companies succeed

Since 2011, Google has partnered with over 50 community organizations to help startup communities around the world flourish. Startups within those communities and spaces we run have created more than 40,000 jobs and raised more than $3.9 billion in funding. Today we're introducing a new resource ...

Supporting local journalism with Report for America

I cut my teeth in journalism as a local reporter for my hometown paper, the Northfield News, and saw firsthand how local journalism impacts a community. Local reporters go to city council meetings to hold city governments accountable. They're the first to show up when disaster strikes, getting ...

The state of data journalism in 2017

Data journalism has been a big focus for us at the Google News Lab over the past three years—in building tools, creating content and sharing data with the data journalism community. We wanted to see if we're taking the right approach: how big is data journalism, what challenges do data journalists ...

The Spanish Data Protection Authority confirms compliance of Google Cloud commitments for international data flows

Millions of organizations use Google Cloud services every day, relying on Google to provide world-class privacy and security protections. Data protection is central to our mission, and we're always looking at ways to facilitate our customers' compliance journey.Today we're pleased to announce that ...

Introducing Tez—a mobile payments and commerce app from Google, made for India first

With more than 300 million smartphone users  and rapidly improving connectivity in India, the internet is becoming a daily part of life for many Indians. That includes messaging friends and family, searching the web for information, reading news, watching music videos, or playing games. But when it ...

Five ways to co-host a dinner party with your Assistant

Now that the temperatures have dropped and fall is moving in, it's time to bring the party inside.Let your Assistant be the perfect co-host for your next dinner party—here are a few ways your Assistant can help prepare:Take advantage of seasonal produce: Ok Google, find a recipe for sweet potato ...

#teampixel shows its soft side

We've said it before, and we'll say it again—#teampixel, you continue to impress us! Each week we're honored to share some of #teampixel's best work, and today we're spotlighting community member @fefefeng. Her tranquil image of a moonrise amid a soft pastel sky has us swooning. If you're looking ...

Tilt Brush Artist in Residence: Meet Liz Edwards

Editor's note: Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Earlier this year, we launched the Artist in Residence program to showcase what's possible when creative artists experiment with this new medium. The resulting works of art have been amazing, and you can check some of them ...

The High Five: the red carpet, a football field and other places visited in Search this week

Our trends this week center around a night of awards, a month of celebrations, and a lifetime of friendship. Read on for more top-searched trends, with data from the Google News Lab.The day all your binge watching pays offWhile Hollywood stars prepare their acceptance speeches for Sunday's 69th ...

Googler Susanna Kohly on building digital bridges' in Cuba, her family's homeland

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we're celebrating the fascinating stories and important contributions of our Hispanic Googlers. Over the course of the month, we'll share a bit about their histories, their families, and what keeps them busy inside and outside of work. First up is Susanna Kohly, ...

Get a closer look with Street View in Google Earth VR

With Google Earth VR, you can go anywhere in virtual reality. Whether you want to stroll along the canals of Venice, stand at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro or soar through the sky faster than a speeding bullet, there's no shortage of things to do or ways to explore. We love this sense of ...

Ending FOMO with Community Updates

FOMO: that feeling you get when you fear you're missing out on something super awesome, interesting or important to you: like a fun gig in the local park, an important school board meeting, or a community clean up down the road from your house.Well, Community Updates could be your solution. It will ...

Small business success at National Entrepreneurs Week in Mexico

Yesterday, the small business team at Google went to Mexico for National Entrepreneurs Week. It was exciting to hear stories about how some of Mexico's four million small businesses—the second largest number in Latin America—are using the internet to succeed and grow. Let's look at three ways ...

Facts, trends and unheard voices: empowering journalists during the upcoming German election

For the News Lab, elections are opportunities to empower journalists with the technology and data they need to keep their readers informed. For the German election on September 24th, our efforts are formed around three key themes: promoting accurate content, offering data that provides helpful ...

We went to Google with our daughters for the day. Here's what we saw.

Editor's Note: Every other year, Google hosts Take Your Parents to Work Day,' when parents of Googlers visit the campus and get a glimpse of what it's like to work there. There are lots of activities to keep the parents busy, and snacks to keep them fed. To mark the occasion, the proud moms of the ...

Schlumberger chooses GCP to deliver new oil and gas technology platform

Google Cloud has a simple but steadfast mission: Give companies technology for new and better ways to serve their customers. We handle the network, computing and security chores; you use our software-defined infrastructure, global databases and artificial intelligence to grow your business with ...

Ti Amo Italy: a historic theater takes center stage in a new music video

Ti Amo.' I love you. The new song from French synth-pop stars Phoenix. The title song from their recently released album Ti Amo' is a love letter to Italy: from festivals in Sanremo, to singer Franco Battiato, to melted gelato.In the video for the song, created by La Blogothèque and directed by ...

Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund: Call for fourth round applications

Since its introduction, the Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund, our €150 million commitment to supporting innovation in the European news industry, has offered €73.5 million to 359 ambitious projects in digital journalism, across 29 countries. The fund is designed to provide ...

Continuing to support hurricane relief efforts

Update: In less than 24 hours, together we raised $2 million for Hurricane Irma relief and recovery. Thanks to your donations, we have met our goal. However, the crisis isn't over. Your contributions can still provide critical relief to those in need. Although Google is no longer matching ...

Continuing to support hurricane relief efforts

Hurricane Irma has impacted communities throughout the Caribbean and the southeastern United States. Hitting the Caribbean islands the hardest, Irma has left millions of people to rebuild in its wake.Today, we're kicking off a matching campaign to support relief and recovery efforts for this deadly ...

Box: Bringing image recognition and OCR to cloud content management

Editor's note: In this guest editorial by Box's Senior Director of Product Management, Ben Kus tells us how they used Google Cloud Vision to add a new level of image recognition to Box.Images are the second most common and fastest growing type of file stored in Box. Trust us: that's a lot of ...

Google's Digital News Initiative Fund

Editor's note: In April 2015, Google announced the Digital News Initiative, a partnership with European news organizations to support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation. In this guest post, Bart Brouwers, a Dutch journalism professor at the University of Groningen and a ...

Driving the digital transformation of sending' with Google technologies

Editor's Note: Today we hear from Roger Pilc, CIO at Pitney Bowes, a global provider of innovative shipping solutions for businesses of all sizes. Learn how this established company used Android, Apigee, G Suite and Orbitera to create new cloud-based solutions, add flexibility and intelligence to ...

Safe Browsing: Protecting more than 3 billion devices worldwide, automatically

In 2007, we launched Safe Browsing, one of Google's earliest anti-malware efforts. To keep our users safe, we'd show them a warning before they visited a site that might've harmed their computers. An early Safe Browsing notification Computing has evolved a bit in the last decade, though. Smartphones ...

Driving the digital transformation of sending' with Google technologies

Editor's Note: Today we hear from Pitney Bowes, a global provider of innovative shipping solutions for businesses of all sizes. Learn how this established company used Android, Apigee, G Suite and Orbitera to create new cloud-based solutions, add flexibility and intelligence to sending devices and ...

Take your startup on exchange to Campus Seoul

Editor's note: Campus Exchange is a startup exchange program hosted by Google for Entrepreneurs. This fall, Campus Seoul looks forward to welcoming the first-ever Asia-Pacific cohort for Campus Exchange: APAC Commerce from November 6-10, 2017. Startups in e-commerce and retail from across ...