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Gboard for Android gets new languages and tools

Attention to our friends in India and fast typers everywhere: Gboard's latest update might be the thing you never knew you were missing. We've added 22 Indic languages—with transliteration support—including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu and Gujarati. We've also dropped in a new ...

Fraikin's road warriors work anywhere with Chrome devices

Editor's note: Today's blog post comes from Franck Lerivrain, Development Manager at Fraikin, one of Europe's largest commercial vehicle rental and fleet management companies. Fraikin uses Chromebooks, Chromebits and G Suite to enable mobile employee productivity and to reduce IT maintenance ...

Google Classroom outside the classroom

Technology makes learning possible anytime, anywhere. Learners aren't always sitting in a classroom, and educators aren't always lecturing at a chalkboard. That's why last month we made Google Classroom available to users without G Suite for Education accounts. Now, using a personal Google account, ...

How British charity Comic Relief processed millions of UK pounds in seven hours on Red Nose Day

When you concentrate two years worth of fundraising into seven hours, every second counts. That's the reality for Comic Relief, one of the U.K.'s most notable charities. Held every two years, Comic Relief's Red Nose Day encourages the public to make the world a better place in the easiest way ...

Five ways Google Trips can help you enjoy your next vacation

Everyone loves vacation, but the work that goes into planning one—well, can be a lot of work.That's why last year we launched Google Trips on Android and iOS to help you experience more and plan less on vacation. All your travel info automatically organized in one place and available offline? ...

Now we're cooking—the Assistant on Google Home is your secret ingredient

Cooking without burning the food can be hard enough. But before you even get there you have to prep your ingredients, all while trying not to get flour and eggs on, well, everything. Unless you're a graceful TV chef, your favorite recipe book may end up covered in unbaked cookie. But what if you ...

Bringing Alexander Hamilton's history to life

In November 2009, the White House uploaded a video to YouTube of playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda performing a piece called The Hamilton Mixtape.' In the video, Miranda proclaims to then President Obama that he would use hip-hop and spoken word to tell the story of founding father ...

Making the internet more inclusive in India

More than 400 million people in India use the internet, and more are coming online every day. But the vast majority of India's online content is in English, which only 20 percent of the country's population speaks—meaning most Indians have a hard time finding content and services in their ...

Even better translations in Chrome, with one tap

Half the world's webpages are in English, but less than 15 percent of the global population speaks it as a primary or secondary language. It's no surprise that Chrome's built-in Translate functionality is one of the most beloved Chrome features. Every day Chrome users translate more than 150 million ...

How maps and machine learning are helping to eliminate malaria

Today is World Malaria Day, a moment dedicated to raising awareness and improving access to tools to prevent malaria. The World Health Organization says nearly half of the world's population is at risk for malaria, and estimates that in 2015 there were 212 million malaria cases resulting in 429,000 ...

Our latest quality improvements for Search

Search can always be improved. We knew it when I started working on Search in 1999, and it's still true today. Back then, the Internet was expanding at an incredible rate. We had to make sense of this explosion of information, organize it, and present it in a way so that people could find what they ...

NAB 2017: How AI is remaking Hollywood

Greetings from Las Vegas, where the National Association of Broadcasters is having its annual conference. At NAB, 1,700 exhibitors and more than 100,000 attendees take over the Las Vegas Convention Center, representing a dozen industries including TV, movies, radio—and now, virtual reality.And ...

Remember where you parked with Google Maps

Some say it's about the journey, not the destination—but we think it's about a little of both. Now, Google Maps for Android and iOS will not only help you get where you're going, but it'll help you remember where you parked once you've arrived. Here's how it works:For Android users, tap the blue ...

NAB 2017: How AI is remaking Hollywood

Greetings from Las Vegas, where the National Association of Broadcasters is having its annual conference. At NAB, 1,700 exhibitors and more than 100,000 attendees take over the Las Vegas Convention Center, representing a dozen industries including TV, movies, radio — and now, virtual ...

Imperial Nepal Treks: An entrepreneur's journey to rebuild his tourism business after the great earthquake

Two years ago, Nepal experienced its most devastating earthquake in more than 80 years. Thousands of lives were lost, and many more lost their homes and livelihoods. Slowly, the community has been able to recover and rebuild their lives and businesses. Today, we hear from Anz Anuj' Bajracharya, ...

Drumroll please! The nominees for the Google Play Awards are...

The Google Play Awards are back! Today we're announcing the 2017 nominees for outstanding app or game across 12 categories, including Best VR and AR Experiences, Best TV Experience, Best App for Kids, and Best Game. The winners of each category will be announced at Google I/O in May.Nominees were ...

Introducing the next generation of Jump

Virtual reality video lets you experience the world in amazing ways—it can put you in the front row for your favorite band, take you on the field during the championship game, or bring you under the sea to explore coral reefs. However, VR filmmakers still face challenges bringing their stories to ...

Local reviews in your language–wherever you are

When you're traveling somewhere new, two of your biggest challenges can be figuring out where to go and understanding the native language of wherever you are. The next time you're in a foreign place and want to check out a restaurant or point of interest, Google will translate the review into the ...

Exploring home with Google Earth

This week we're giving you a taste of what you can find in Voyager, a showcase of interactive tours and stories from experts, nonprofits and more in the new Google Earth. When you opened Google Earth for the very first time, where did you go? For most people there's a common destination: We all want ...

Your tree-loving, earth-celebrating Google Assistant

Today is Earth Day and your Google Assistant is here to help you make the most of it. Whether your day is full of clean-ups on the beach, enjoying nature in the forest or sitting at a park—basically the Earth Day of our dreams—your Assistant can help you give a little love back to our earth. Ask ...

Happy Earth Day, world!

The Earth is more than 4.543 billion years old, home to more than 8.7 million species—and still the only known planet in the universe known to harbor life. That's right, we're pretty special.😉  So on Earth Day, let's all celebrate our planet and learn about ways to help preserve it.   ...

The High Five: this week in sweet and sparkly searches

You made it through your week, but Earth has made it through billions of years. High five, Earth. Here's a look at a rainbow of top trending Google searches from the week of April 17. What a time to be aliveStarbucks has a new spirit animal: the unicorn. Described as sweet and fruity transforming to ...

Walk, climb and swim with wildlife in Google Earth

This week we're giving you a taste of what you can find in Voyager, a showcase of interactive tours and stories from experts, nonprofits and more in the new Google Earth.For 10 years, Google Earth Outreach has empowered nonprofits to create positive change in the world with Google's mapping tools. ...

Google Play Music teams up with Samsung to deliver the right music for you

With the new Google Play Music—a smarter, more assistive music streaming service—we strive to deliver the right song at the right time and place to more people. That's why we've teamed up with Samsung, the world's largest Android smartphone maker, in a partnership to make it even easier and ...

Internet Citizens: Let's make a better web

The internet is a place where anyone can have a voice, be part of a community and generate positive social change. But the internet isn't always positive or welcoming for everyone.Nearly all of us will have come across comments or content online that shocked or even offended us, sometimes leaving us ...

An international framework for digital evidence

Today, we're releasing the latest version of our Transparency Report regarding government requests for user data. In the second half of 2016, we received over 45,000 government requests for user data worldwide. This is the most government requests we've received for user data in a six-month period ...

The Ghent Altarpiece: how we digitized one of the most influential artworks of all time

Some 600 years ago, the Van Eyck brothers created one of the first large-scale oil paintings: Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.' Due to its pioneering attention to detail and realistic portrayal of people, the Ghent Altarpiece' is renowned as one of the most influential paintings ever made and a ...

Mobility best practice in connected workspaces: tiered access at Google

How does Google manage its own devices? With a huge range of devices on multiple platforms used by over 61,000 employees, it's no small feat.Google's Technical Infrastructure organization is tasked with protecting employees against sophisticated adversaries, while ensuring that corporate security ...

Tomato, tomahto. Google Home now supports multiple users

Ok Google, good morning.'Hey, Jana. The time is 8 AM. The weather in Mountain View currently is 72 degrees and sunny with a high of 75 degrees. Today at 9 AM you have breakfast check in with Diego. Here's the latest news….' Wait—that daily briefing was for my wife, who set up Google Home for the ...

Get lost in earth's beauty from space

This week we're giving you a taste of what you can find in Voyager, a showcase of interactive tours and stories from experts, nonprofits and more in the new Google Earth.Earth Day is just a few days away. And we can think of few better ways to celebrate than by appreciating our planet's beauty from ...

Scan your printed photos in just one tap

PhotoScan lets you save digital copies of your printed photos in just a few taps. Since we launched the app in November, you've all scanned a lot of photos—almost 50 million in fact! Today we're making a few updates to ensure these moments—once trapped in a photo album in your attic—are even ...

Scan your printed photos in just one tap

PhotoScan lets you save digital copies of your printed photos in just a few taps. Since we launched the app in November, you've all scanned a lot of photos — almost 50 million in fact! Today we're making a few updates to ensure these moments—once trapped in a photo album in your attic— are ...

Look around, listen in. This is Tabel,' an experimental VR film.

As Earth Day approaches, we're paying homage to our lovely little patch of blue and green with Tabel,' an interactive virtual reality film about our changing climate. 'Tabel' Trailer, An Experimental VR Film by Google After hitting play, you'll find yourself seated at a table in the center of an ...

How LumApps and G Suite keep employees organized and informed

This year at Google Cloud Next, we recognized some of our partners for outstanding innovation. One of those partners, LumApps, received the Solution Innovation of the Year' award for its corporate intranet and social platform for businesses. Deeply integrated with G Suite, LumApps houses resources ...

Introducing G4NP in Three,' a new YouTube Series

Google for Nonprofits offers nonprofit organizations across 50 countries free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more. Whether you've been using our products for years or are thinking about signing up for Google for Nonprofits, we want you to feel confident when ...

Connect with cultures around the world in Google Earth

Yesterday, we introduced a new version of Google Earth, along with Voyager—a showcase of interactive tours that help you explore our planet further. Over the next few days, we're giving you a taste of what you'll be able to find on Voyager, starting today with stories on the theme of culture, ...

Google Earth's incredible 3D imagery, explained

Google Earth is an amazing tool that lets ordinary humans—sans wings or jetpack—zoom around the world. And, as you might know if you've checked out the new Google Earth, the 3D imagery looks insane. Grand Canyon Hong Kong Rome Tokyo But how does it get that way? I talked with a couple people ...

Remember where you've been and what you've done with Your Timeline on iOS

What was the name of that antique store I popped into the other day? Where was that coffee shop we discovered on our last vacation? Did I drop off the dry cleaning on Tuesday or Wednesday? Answering questions like these used to take some guesswork . But with Your Timeline on Google Maps, Android and ...

New ways to pay with Android Pay and PayPal

We're thrilled to bring you even more options at checkout, thanks to a new strategic collaboration between Android Pay and PayPal, one of the world's leading online payment platforms. Millions of people already use their PayPal account to make online purchases, receive payments and send money to ...

Search, explore, and more with Google Earth VR

When we first launched Google Earth VR, we knew there was something powerful about being able to point anywhere in the world and start flying. You could soar over landscapes and cities, and discover locations you didn't even know existed. But we also know people want to quickly find and revisit the ...

Welcome home to the new Google Earth

Nearly everyone who's opened Google Earth in the last decade does the same thing first: they search for their home. Home is how we orient ourselves—it's where we start from. This might mean a one-story craftsman in a Wisconsin suburb. Or a house made of reeds on a floating village in Peru.Then we ...

Want to score this playoff season? Shoot over to Search and Newsstand

Playoff season is in full swing. Whether your eyes are glued to the ice for the NHL Stanley Cup or geared up for a fastbreak during the NBA Finals, you can stay in the know with your favorite teams right in Play Newsstand and with posts in Google Search. Check out Play Newsstand this playoff season, ...

Chrome: secure by default, for everyone

You shouldn't need to be a security expert to browse the web, which is why we built Chrome to be secure by default, and easy to use safely by everyone. Chrome protects our users from malicious webpages by showing warnings more than 250 million times each month before users reach dangerous sites. We ...

Your Assistant for all seasons

We're officially a few weeks into spring and your Google Assistant is ready to help you get the most out of the nicer weather, from finding the perfect hiking or biking spot to playing your spring cleaning motivation playlist. Here are some questions to ask:How long does it take to bike to Prospect ...

The High Five: the least taxing thing you'll read all week

Flower crowns at the ready Coachella, the Southern California music festival, kicks off this weekend. Festival-goers are wondering, What should I pack for Coachella?' and When does Coachella release set times?' Non-festival goers are asking, What is Coachella?' Whether you're into crop tops or ...