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Direct your own movies in Toontastic 3D with our new Cars 3 and Fruit Ninja themes!

June 14th, 2017

As parents, we watch our kids craft stories every day—remixing and reimagining the world around us in fantastic adventures that rival many Hollywood screenplays. The stories we tell them inspire their imaginations—while toys, crayons and sofa cushions become props for their performances. In January, we released a playful storytelling app called Toontastic 3D for kids…

Is Project Fi right for you?

June 13th, 2017

Choosing a new wireless plan is a big decision. There are a lot of things to consider—like coverage, prices and devices. But how do you know if you’ll get what you’re looking for? With Project Fi, we want to make your entire wireless experience simple and easy. That includes deciding whether Project Fi is the…

More Levels, and more way to contribute for Local Guides

June 13th, 2017

Luis Duran, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is passionate about helping people with disabilities better navigate and explore his city. Kim Flowers, in Melbourne, Australia, believes everyone should think locally and prides herself on helping businesses in her community. Chioma James from Lagos, Nigeria, is working to ensure that victims of sexual crimes can easily…

Using data to change the conversation about race in America

June 13th, 2017

Note: This post references sensitive subject matter pertaining to lynching in America.  Growing up, Shirah Dedman always hated family tree projects. While other students could trace their roots as far back as the Mayflower, her story always stopped at her great-grandfather. At the age of 32, with the help of researchers at the Equal Justice…

Finding the Qibla in augmented reality

June 12th, 2017

The Qibla Finder uses your phone camera to paint a clear blue line towards the Qibla When people search for the Qibla—the direction Muslims turn to at prayer—they often look for a website or an app to point them in the right direction. Which explains why the word “compass” often pops up when we look…

Four signs you’re wasting time at work and how G Suite can help

June 12th, 2017

We all waste time at work, whether it’s on purpose (brushing up on Wonder Woman’s history) or on accident (really should have budgeted more time for internal reviews). Luckily, G Suite can help you accomplish more at work, quicker. Here are four tell-tale signs you’re spending time on the wrong things, and tips on how…

Using machine learning to help people make smart decisions about solar energy

June 12th, 2017

 A few years ago, when my family was first deciding whether or not to go solar, I remember driving around the neighborhood, looking at all the solar arrays on nearby rooftops. It made me realize: Wow, solar isn’t some futuristic concept, it’s already part of the fabric of my town! Seeing that others around me…

Brush up on Gboard’s latest tips and tricks

June 12th, 2017

Today Gboard for Android is getting an upgrade. In addition to our continued efforts to improve typing quality with machine intelligence, this update brings new ways to get creative and cut down text time. In the emoji search box, you can now tap the emoji handwriting icon to draw emoji directly onto the screen. Your…

The High Five: Courtside seats for Comey

June 9th, 2017

Cavs vs. Warriors. Cookies vs. oranges. And Madrid vs. manspreaders. Here’s a look at some of the top trending searches from the week of June 2.  Nothin’ but net … on Google this week, as people search for details about the NBA Finals. This year marks a third consecutive matchup between the Cavaliers and the…

Find Pride events on the map

June 9th, 2017

People everywhere are celebrating Pride this month. To help you find your local parade and events or just navigate around the crowds, we’ve added the parade routes and event info to Google Maps on both Android and iOS in 35 cities worldwide. If you’re in one of the 35 covered cities, you’ll notice a rainbow…