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Supporting 34 local news projects across North America

October 25th, 2019

From a 148-year-old newspaper to a startup monetizing audio archives, the successful recipients of the first Google News Initiative’s North America Innovation Challenge are as varied as the communities they serve. These selected projects are from news providers in both rural and urban communities across the region and are all dedicated to serving a diverse…

The Landscape of Cross-Platform App Development

October 25th, 2019

I don’t track this stuff very well, but I get it. If you want a native app for Android and iOS, it sure would be nice to only have to write it once rather than two very different languages. Roughly double your reach without doubling the work. More and more of these things are reaching…

Understanding searches better than ever before

October 25th, 2019

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the 15 years working on Google Search, it’s that people’s curiosity is endless. We see billions of searches every day, and 15 percent of those queries are ones we haven’t seen before–so we’ve built ways to return results for queries we can’t anticipate. When people like you or…

Weekly Platform News: WebAPK Limited to Chrome, Discernible Focus Rectangles, Modal Window API

October 24th, 2019

In this week’s roundup: “Add to home screen” has different meanings in Android, Chrome and Edge add some pop to focus rectangles on form inputs, and how third-party sites may be coming to a modal near you. Let’s get into the news. WebAPKs are not available to Firefox on Android On Android, both Chrome and…

Digital-first advertising solutions for TV programmers

October 24th, 2019

The TV industry is going through a digital transformation as viewers watch more content in their living room on over-the-top (OTT) and streaming services. In fact, in the first half of this year, we saw connected TVs become the leading device in North America for Ad Manager programmer partners.1 As TV converges with digital, we’ve…

MediaWise helps millions discern fact and fiction online

October 24th, 2019

Nothing marks the passage of time quite like the changing pace of technology. When I was in high school nearly ten years ago, I didn’t have a smartphone, and there was no Instagram, Snapchat or TikTok. I didn’t have to navigate the world of misinformation the way teens have to today which is something that…

Automatically lazy-loading offscreen images & iframes for Lite mode users

October 24th, 2019

In Chrome 76, we introduced native lazy-loading for images and iframes via the `loading` attribute – a developer opt-in. In Chrome 77, Chrome Android users with  Lite Mode (Data Saver) enabled will benefit from native lazy-loading of images and iframes automatically. Lite mode has allowed Chrome to reduce users’ data usage by up to 60…

Meet the most loved restaurants on Google

October 24th, 2019

Are you on the hunt for the best deep dish pizza in Chicago? Or fresh guava pastries in Los Angeles? Now we have a list for that! To help you hunt down the greatest places to eat or drink in town, we started the Local Favorites lists. These lists highlight the most loved restaurants in…

Can mindfulness actually help you work smarter?

October 24th, 2019

Mindfulness isn’t just sitting on the floor, legs crossed, and chanting mantras. It’s a tool that, when used wisely, can boost your experience at work, your relationships with others and even your overall well-being. Mindfulness is maintaining moment-to-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions while having an attitude of kindness and curiosity. That’s the…

Using personal experience to make Chromebooks accessible

October 24th, 2019

David Tseng has dedicated his career to using technology to break down barriers for people with disabilities. At Google, he’s the Technical Lead for Chrome OS accessibility services, which means that his team makes Chromebooks easier to use for people with a wide range of disabilities. In honor of Disability Awareness Month, we sat down…