The Official Google Blog (33)

Meet the sixth graders who built a potable water dispenser

Schools in Latin America and around the world are searching for ways to take student impact beyond the classroom. In Mexico, we wanted to explore how teachers and students are using technology to empower a rising generation of innovative changemakers—and this week, we're sharing some of the ...

#teampixel, unique in every way.

There is no theme for this week's #teampixel feature, instead, the common thread binding them together is that each photo is unique. We're continually impressed by our community's work that transports us to faraway lands and different civilizations, allowing us to see the world through someone ...

Ok Google, tell me a joke'

What did one snowman say to the other?Do you smell carrots? It's National Joke Day, and your cheesy, mostly funny Assistant has a few jokes up its sleeve. Here are a couple of our favorites:You: Ok Google, tell me a joke.'Google Assistant: One joke, coming up! What is a sea monster's favorite snack? ...

Get on the same page: new Google Docs features power team collaboration

Getting people on the same page for a project can be tough. It requires managing a ton of opinions and suggestions. The last thing you should have to worry about is making sure your team is literally working on the same document. That's why we built our powerful real-time editing tools to help with ...

Introducing free calls with your Assistant on Google Home

Hi, hello, hey, howdy … no matter how you start a call, your Google Assistant is ready to help!  You can already ask your Assistant on your phone to make a call and soon, you'll be able to do the same on Google Home—hands-free—in the U.S. and Canada. Call anyone . It's easy to use, and it's ...

All your questions answered on Google Maps and Search

When deciding where to go and what to do, we often ask ourselves lots of questions before making a decision. Soon, you'll be able to ask those questions, get the answers you need, and even answer other people's questions about places on Google Maps for Android and mobile Search.To ask or answer a ...

Meet the fifth grader turning water bottles into light bulbs to brighten communities

Schools in Latin America and around the world are searching for ways to take student impact beyond the classroom. In Mexico, we wanted to explore how teachers and students are using technology to empower a rising generation of innovative changemakers—and this week, we're sharing some of the ...

There's no place like home, in Google Earth

When you opened Google Earth for the very first time, where did you go? For most people there's a common destination: Home. The definition of "home" changes by country, culture and climate. So as part of the relaunch of Google Earth back in April, we introduced This is Home, an interactive tour to ...

Achoo! Watch out for seasonal sniffles with pollen forecasts on Google

While most of you out there are enjoying the dog days of summer, some are bracing themselves for the fall allergy season that's right around the corner. In fact, one in five Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Across the U.S., we see that search interest for allergies spikes each year in April ...

Around the Globe - Improved Operations for Girl Scouts Japan

For this segment of G4NP Around the Globe, we're highlighting Girl Scouts of Japan: a nonprofit that supports more than 30,000 young women across the country with its vibrant community and empowering programs. With such a large network of members, the nonprofit needed technology to effectively keep ...

Chillax, it's National Relaxation Day!

Even though the calendar says it's only Tuesday, we say it's time to kick back and relax. After all, National Relaxation Day comes but once a year! And if you're like the 44% of Americans who feel more stressed than they did five years ago, you may be in need of a break. To help you unwind, we've ...

Meet a teacher helping indigenous women in Mexico get online

Schools in Latin America and around the world are searching for ways to take student impact beyond the classroom. In Mexico, we wanted to explore how teachers and students are using technology to empower a rising generation of innovative changemakers—and this week, we're sharing some of the ...

Daydream brings you inside Vogue Supermodel Closets

Everyone has items of clothing that hold sentimental value. For Kendall Jenner, it could be that pair of boots that Kanye got for her or the matching snuggies that the Jenner/Kardashian clan wore on Christmas morning. Supermodels, they're just like us! .In partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment ...

Code Jam 2017 wraps up with the World Finals in Dublin

The results from this year's Code Jam, Google's largest and toughest programming competition, are in! The contest wrapped up with a two-day World Finals event from August 10-11. After a record-breaking season with more than 60,000 registrants, finalists representing 16 countries traveled to Dublin, ...

It must be nice to have Hamilton on your phone

HAMILTON fans got a treat last Friday when the team behind the broadway hit released … Wait for It … an app! Available on Android and iOS, the app lets you enter the #Ham4Ham lottery more easily and has fun features for the biggest HAMILTON fans out there. It was also one of the first apps to be ...

A Megamovie volunteer on snapping photos and contributing to science

On August 21—for the first time in 100 years—a total solar eclipse will cross the the United States.Last week we shared an interview with Vivian White, who is coordinating a mighty team of volunteers capturing photos of the eclipse. In collaboration with UC Berkeley, the Eclipse Megamovie ...

Type less, talk more

Using your voice to dictate a message can be up to three times faster than typing. With this in mind, today we're bringing voice typing to 30 new languages and locales around the world, covering more than a billion people. With this update, Google's speech recognition supports 119 language ...

Helping 4-H equip students with skills they'll need for the future

The world is changing rapidly, creating new opportunities and careers we can't yet predict. But even with a lot of unknowns, skills like collaboration, problem solving and technical know-how can be the tools students need to adapt and thrive, no matter what the future holds.Today, at the Illinois ...

#teampixel becomes one with nature

Looking for a breath of fresh air? You came to the right place. This week #teampixel is becoming one with nature and capturing everything from surreal sunrises to the scenic views outside their tents. Check out another round of stellar contributions, pitch a tent and celebrate the final weeks of ...

A whole new world' of ideas at the Technovation Challenge

Programming opens new horizons. It gives me full space to I couldn't even imagine.' These are the words of Diana Zhanakbayeva, a young woman from Kazakhstan who, along with three classmates, just took home the top prize at an international coding challenge.Great ideas can come from anywhere and from ...

It all started with a party: the story behind today's Hip Hop Doodle

On August 11, 1973, there was a party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx—and four decades later, we're still talking about it. Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 44th anniversary of that party, which is widely credited as the birth of the Hip Hop movement. To learn more about the Doodle and ...

Exploring strategies to decarbonize electricity

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and the way we generate and use electricity now is a major contributor to that issue. To solve it, we need to find a way to eliminate the carbon emissions associated with our electricity as quickly and as cheaply as possible.Many analysts ...

Daydream Summer Sale

Take a break from the summer heat and jump into virtual reality. Starting today until August 17, you can grab some of our favorite Daydream apps for up to 60% off. No matter where you are this summer, make your own adventure with two of our favorite adventure apps:  Lola and the Giant: Embark on an ...

From Uganda to Korea—teaching English, one chat at a time

As part of our series of interviews with entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific who use the internet to grow, we sat down with Tella founder and CEO, Yuha Jin. Tella provides one-on-one English-language tutoring through mobile chats for Korean students. Now in its third year, the startup teaches more ...

Welcome to your first day of Classroom

We launched Google Classroom in 2014 to help teachers save time, organize classes, and improve communication with students. Since then, educators around the globe have helped teach their peers how to use Classroom. There's been such an outpouring of instructional videos, blogs and resources, we've ...

Your bookworm Assistant

Get Wilde and re-Joyce on National Book Lovers day by going down the Plath less traveled with your Assistant. Stowe your books and get ready with these questions . Prepare your shelves: Ok Google, add that new book about meditation to my shopping list.'There's nothing like the smell of old books: ...

8 tips to help you keep up in Google Keep

Google Keep makes organizing information a cinch. You can easily jot down ideas or share to-dos with co-workers. We asked Mario Anima, product manager for Google Keep, to share some of his favorite Keep tips. This is what we learned.1. Record voice notes.For recording thoughts on the go, you can ...

Helping publishers bust annoying ads

At some point, we've all been caught off guard by an annoying ad online—like a video automatically playing at full volume, or a pop-up standing in the way to the one thing we're trying to find. Thanks to research conducted by the Coalition for Better Ads, we now know which ad experiences rank ...

Eclipse Megamovie Volunteer Wrangler tells all

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the the United States. That's a big deal .Most observers outside of the path of total eclipse from Salem, OR to Charleston, SC will only see the partial eclipse. So, Google teamed up with UC Berkeley to give the rest of the world a view of the eclipse ...

Getting ready for Europe's new data protection rules

Next May, Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, replacing the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. It ushers in a new era, unifying data protection rules across Europe, strengthening the rights of EU citizens and placing new obligations on all organisations that offer goods ...

Note to employees from CEO Sundar Pichai

This note was sent to Google employees this evening. -Ed. This has been a very difficult time. I wanted to provide an update on the memo that was circulated over this past week.First, let me say that we strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that memo ...

Back to school doesn't have to mean back to traffic

In the summertime, the living's easy and the traffic is light. We looked at historical Google Maps traffic data to confirm every summer commuter's hypothesis—that traffic is much lighter in the summer—and this is what we found:Nationally, once students head back to school and vacationing adults ...

Daydream Labs: Bringing 3D models to life

Blocks is a tool that lets anyone create beautiful 3D objects in virtual reality, with no prior modeling experience required. You can use the objects or characters that you make for many applications, like VR games or augmented reality experiences. Check out the Blocks gallery for some fantastic ...