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Uniting to address plastic waste and pollution

December 3rd, 2019

Plastic is everywhere. Nearly 400 million tons of plastic are produced each year and the majority of it ends up in landfills and incinerators, or by leaking into the environment. Each of us ingests 5 grams of microplastic each week, the equivalent of a credit card worth of plastic. Without comprehensive and large-scale interventions, we…

A letter from Larry and Sergey

December 3rd, 2019

Our very first founders’ letter in our 2004 S-1 began: “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one. Throughout Google’s evolution as a privately held company, we have managed Google differently. We have also emphasized an atmosphere of creativity and challenge, which has helped us provide unbiased, accurate and free…

Now it’s easier to share everyday moments in Google Photos

December 3rd, 2019

Whenever I’m capturing memories, my first thought is to share them with my best friend, who loves seeing photos of my newest plants, or my parents, who always want shots of my latest culinary adventure. Google Photos’ live albums, shared libraries, and shared albums make sharing lots of photos simple, and starting today, we’re also…

How I’m making Maps better for wheelchair users like me

December 3rd, 2019

If you visit a city and don’t see anyone using a wheelchair, it doesn’t mean they’re not there. It means the city hasn’t been built in such a way as to let them be part of things. I know this firsthand: I’m one of 65 million people around the world who uses a wheelchair, and…

11 ways Google is making life more accessible

December 3rd, 2019

On December 3, 1992, the United Nations founded the International Day of Persons with Disabilities to promote the well-being of people who have disabilities. At Google, we’re doing this by emphasizing accessibility-first design and partnering with communities directly so we can create the most helpful products. This year, we launched a few products and features…

Google Disability Support now includes American Sign Language

December 3rd, 2019

There are 466 million people in the world who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, and products like Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier help them communicate and interact with others. If people with disabilities need specialized technical support for Google’s products and services, they can go to Google Disability Support, and starting today, there will be American…

Psh, think you can guess the top GIF expressions of 2019?

December 3rd, 2019

LOL. Yasss. SMH. The internet has long been where words (and of course, acronyms) solidify their place in the English language. But the web’s breakneck pace can make it difficult to totally grasp what phrases are becoming popular, or even what they mean. A great way to get a visual education in internet lingo is…

Google Play’s Best of 2019

December 3rd, 2019

2019 took us to distant worlds and brought us together with new apps, games, movies, and books. We answered the Call of Duty, made photos move, and went back to Gilead—it was an amazing year from beginning to Endgame. Now, we’re celebrating the year’s top content across Google Play. You rocked the vote to crown…

Creating stargazing apps and the perfect loaf

December 2nd, 2019

Editor’s note: Maurizio Leo is a software engineer-turned baker, and co-founder and developer of SkyView, a stargazing app that uses your camera to identify objects in the sky. As a part of our I Make Apps series, we talk to him about developing his app, as well as his baking side hustle.  1. Tell us…

It should be the goal of every business to protect our planet

December 1st, 2019

Today, at the start of the 25th annualUnited Nations Climate Change Conference, Google is joining 70 other companies and union leaders to call for the United States to stay in the Paris Agreement. We’re also sharing what Google is doing as a global innovator in renewable energy markets, and to build responsible supply chains and…