Polishing up emoji and making them easier to share

July 16th, 2021

We talk a lot about the most frequently used emoji — 😂, 😭,❤️… But what about 📬? Who will speak for 📓? With over 3,521 emojis, there is a lot you have to scroll past to get to 👑. While working from home, plus the delay of Unicode’s next emoji release, we had some time…

A new tool (and some tips) to search safely with Google

July 15th, 2021

People around the world turn to Google Search to find information and make important decisions. We’re deeply committed to making sure you can do that safely and with the privacy you expect. Today, we’re announcing a new tool to add extra protection to the Search history saved to your Google Account. And we’re sharing a…

Increasing HTTPS adoption

July 14th, 2021

When a browser connects to websites over HTTPS (vs. HTTP), eavesdroppers and attackers on the network can’t intercept or alter the data that’s shared over that connection (including personal info, or even the page itself). This level of privacy and security is vital for the web ecosystem, so Chrome continues to invest in making HTTPS…

Create your summer reading list with Google Play Books

July 14th, 2021

Every summer my family spends a week at a lake house, boating, barbecuing, and reading books. My wife and I each choose a few books to share in our family library and read them at the same time on our devices. It gives us a chance to introduce each other to new genres and authors….

22 news innovators from the Middle East, Turkey and Africa

July 13th, 2021

During a 14-year career as a journalist, Dina Aboughazala reported on issues impacting people’s lives across the Middle East. But she found that many existing news services concentrated on what was happening in big cities, while lesser-known areas were often ignored. To highlight undiscovered voices with interesting stories to tell, last year Aboughazala started the…

WordPress 5.8 Release Candidate 3

July 13th, 2021

The third release candidate for WordPress 5.8 is now available! WordPress 5.8 is slated for release on July 20, 2021, and we need your help to get there—if you have not tried 5.8 yet, now is the time! You can test the WordPress 5.8 release candidate 3 in any of these three ways: Install and…

Making it easier for publishers to manage privacy and messaging

July 12th, 2021

The advertising ecosystem is constantly evolving with new privacy regulations, updates to advertising identifiers, and ad blocker technologies — all of which give users more transparency and control. But they can be confusing and time-consuming for publishers to manage. To help our partners streamline how they manage global privacy regulations and their user messaging journey,…

New ways to grow your games business sustainably

July 12th, 2021

Mobile gaming has been a popular outlet for people to stay entertained while spending more time at home. A recent Google Play study of mobile gamers shows that 45% of existing players have discovered more games to play in the past year than the year before — and developers need the right tools and insights…

:focus-visible in WebKit

July 9th, 2021

This is a nice update from Manuel Rego Casasnovas. Igalia has this idea to sort of crowd-source important web platform features that need to get worked on (that’s the sort of work they do). They call it Open Prioritization. The “winner” of that (the one with the most-pledged dollars) is what they’ll do. That turned…

Partnering with Google for Startups helped us redefine community

July 9th, 2021

It seems like yesterday when I launched Centraal to serve as a meeting point for the Mexico City startup world: a place where people from different walks of life meet, collaborate, and facilitate the flow of ideas and innovation. Eight years in, we are proud to be one of the leading tech hubs in Latin…