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A workable publisher code for Australia

September 14th, 2020

This is an opinion piece that was first published in the Australian Financial Review on September 13, 2020.  The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s media bargaining code, which is designed to govern the relationship between news media and digital platforms – including how news content should be paid for – will have a big impact on…

Cities: where climate action can have the most impact

September 14th, 2020

Cities bring people and ideas together. They increase living standards, spur innovation, increase opportunity, and encourage collaboration. Cities can also be the most environmentally sustainable way for people to inhabit our planet, if we can address the reality that cities are currently responsible for 70 percent of the world’s CO₂ emissions. While this may seem…

Maggie Stanphill is making more mindful tech

September 11th, 2020

If you’ve seen your weekly screen time go up over the past few months, you’re hardly alone. Maggie Stanphill, Google’s director of user experience (UX), has seen her stats go up, too. Maggie leads UX efforts for Google’s Digital Wellbeing initiative, and she’s noticed that the current state of the world requires an evolution in…

Better conversion measurement for video ads on YouTube and our network

September 11th, 2020

From sparking an idea to helping people make that final decision, online video plays an important role in helping consumers make purchases. In fact, 70 percent of people say they bought a brand as a result of seeing it on YouTube. For advertisers, measuring video campaigns and conversions accurately has never been more important—or more…

Android 11 (Go edition): New features coming to more devices

September 10th, 2020

We first introduced Android (Go edition) in 2018 to provide a high-quality smartphone experience for entry-level device owners around the world. Since then, Android (Go edition) has brought improved speed, reliability, and security to over 100 million entry-level devices through apps and features specifically built to address local needs. Continuing on with that same mission,…

Google supports COVID-19 AI and data analytics projects

September 10th, 2020

Nonprofits, universities, and other academic institutions around the world are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics to help us better understand COVID-19 and its impact on communities—especially vulnerable populations and healthcare workers. To support this work, Google.org is giving more than $8.5 million to 31 organizations around the world to aid in COVID-19…

Fundo: a virtual experiences platform for creators

September 9th, 2020

In 2018, while working on a project at Area 120, Google’s in-house incubator for experimental projects, my colleague Sha Sajadieh and I went to VidCon, a major convention for the online video industry. The energy was absolutely incredible. Fans rushed across the convention floor to meet their favorite creators and waited in massive queues for…

Google for Startups: supporting underrepresented leaders

September 9th, 2020

With 99 unicorns (startups valued at over $1 billion) and $34.3 billion of startup funding just last year, it’s clear that Europe is filled with talented entrepreneurs who can help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. This autumn, Google for Startups welcomes two new cohorts of Black and Women founders from across Europe and…

Android 11’s Pixel-first features are here

September 8th, 2020

A few times a year, your Pixel receives a boost with software updates that send new features, tricks, and apps to your phone. And this time, with new Pixel-first features on Android 11, your Pixel has even more smarts to make it better and more helpful—like giving you new ways to control your media and…

A more responsible, innovative and helpful internet in Europe

September 3rd, 2020

Over the last 20 years, digital tools have played an increasingly important role in our everyday lives, in the societal debate, and in the economy. In 2020, many of us have found digital tools to be a real lifeline. We’ve used them to connect with loved ones and teach our children during the lockdown. Governments…