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In case you missed it: Android announcements at Mobile World Congress

February 27th, 2018

Android’s mission, from day one, has been to bring the power of computing to everyone. We’re proud that the platform has made mobile technology accessible and useful to billions of people over the last 10 years. While we continue to celebrate Android’s open platform, we’ve been working closely with our partners to bring a consistent…

With just a flick of a wand, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” is on Google Arts & Culture

February 27th, 2018

For Harry Potter’s fellow students at Hogwarts, “A History of Magic” is historian Bathilda Bagshot’s legendary chronicle of Wizarding history. And last year, we mere Muggles got our own version. “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” is an exhibition from the British Library containing rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing…

Bringing online safety education programs to UK schools

February 27th, 2018

At Google, we believe in technology’s ability to unlock creativity and create opportunity, but it’s our duty to equip our users with the tools and resources to make safe choices online. Last year, we surveyed more than 200 teachers in the UK to learn about their experience with online safety in the classroom. We found…

Updating our “right to be forgotten” Transparency Report

February 26th, 2018

In May 2014, in a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice established the “right to be forgotten,” or more accurately, the “right to delist,” allowing Europeans to ask search engines to delist information about themselves from search results. In deciding what to delist, search engines like Google must consider if the information in question…

Remembering J-P Stacey

February 26th, 2018

In 2017 we saw the passing of J-P, community friend, mentor, leader, and contributor. Within the community J-P’s was known for his passions: Drupal, programming culture, gardening, cycling and the environment. We invited people to share their memories of J-P and his impact; we share them with you now in memoriam. This is a moving tribute and a celebration of…

The High Five: cheer(s)ing for red wine and women’s hockey

February 23rd, 2018

When a recent study revealed that red wine can be good for oral hygiene, the searches for “red wine health benefits” poured in (it was searched 400 percent more than “white wine health benefits”). And while we’re at it, is red wine good for other things? Two of the top health-related searches for red wine…

Announcing ARCore 1.0 and new updates to Google Lens

February 23rd, 2018

With ARCore and Google Lens, we’re working to make smartphone cameras smarter. ARCore enables developers to build apps that can understand your environment and place objects and information in it. Google Lens uses your camera to help make sense of what you see, whether that’s automatically creating contact information from a business card before you…

The Google Assistant is going global

February 23rd, 2018

Over the past year and a half, the Google Assistant has grown from being available on just one device in one language to across many types of devices, including speakers, phones, Android Auto and TVs, in many languages all around the world. We’ve been focused on making the Assistant useful throughout all parts of your…

Drupal 8.5.0-rc1 is available for testing

February 22nd, 2018

The first release candidate for the upcoming Drupal 8.5.0 release is now available for testing. Drupal 8.5.0 is expected to be released March 7. Download Drupal-8.5.0-rc1 8.5.x makes the Media module available for all, improves migrations significantly, stabilizes the Content Moderation and Settings Tray modules, serves dynamic pages faster with BigPipe enabled by default, and…

Partnering with the mobile industry to connect people and businesses with RCS

February 22nd, 2018

We’ve been partnering with the mobile industry to improve the messaging experience on Android with RCS (Rich Communication Services), bringing more enhanced features to the standard messaging experience on mobile devices. As of today, we are working with 43 carriers and device manufacturers to bring better native messaging to every Android user. Rich messaging for…