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Hey Google, talk like a Legend

April 3rd, 2019

Imagine hearing the silky smooth voice of John Legend answering your pressing questions everyday. Or narrating your local weather forecast. Or singing you happy birthday. Well, that dream can now be a reality. Starting to roll out today, John Legend’s voice is available as a cameo on the Google Assistant, available in English for a…

Google Analytics and Google Ads: A Powerful Pairing

April 2nd, 2019

Today’s customer journey doesn’t follow a standard path—it’s diverse, non-linear, and always evolving. Consumers conduct research about products across a variety of devices—and marketers are looking for ways to deliver experiences that meet consumers’ rising expectations. For many marketers, the solution lies in gaining a deeper understanding of the customer journey. The integration between Google…

Free digital skills programs make learning a lifelong journey

April 2nd, 2019

Janitor, seamstress, housekeeper, gardener: These were some of the jobs my parents held after we immigrated to the United States. Growing up in a lower-income neighborhood, I never knew anyone who worked with computers professionally. That changed when my brother signed up for a computer course, providing him the digital skills that would lead to…

Hitting send on the next 15 years of Gmail

April 1st, 2019

Back in 2004, email looked a lot different than it does today. Inboxes were overtaken by spam, and there was no easy way to search your inbox or file messages away. Plus, you had to constantly delete emails to stay under the storage limit. We built Gmail to address these problems, and it’s grown into…

Can’t mess with this: new Screen Cleaner in the Files app

April 1st, 2019

Files helps millions of people around the world organize their media, share files offline, and free up space on their phones. And by making the most of limited storage, Files helps users keep their phones running like new. However, we’ve heard that it’s a challenge to keep phones looking as clean on the outside as…

Grown in the Netherlands, Google Tulip communicates with plants

April 1st, 2019

Throughout time, humans have created more and more effective ways to communicate with each other. But technology hasn’t quite made it there with flowers, even though it’s no secret that members of the floral world do talk to one another. Scientists have found that plants use their roots to send signals to neighboring plants, as…

Sssnakes on a map

March 31st, 2019

Google Maps shows you how to get around on foot, car, train and bicycle, and now, you can ssslither to your destination too. Starting today, you can play a twist on the snake game in different locations across the world—including Cairo, London, San Francisco, São Paulo, Sydney and Tokyo–right from Google Maps. To start playing,…

A look back at 2018 with the Android Security & Privacy Year in Review

March 29th, 2019

The Android Security & Privacy team is devoted to protecting each of the more than two billion active Android devices worldwide. This level of security and privacy is essential for enterprises, where compromises mean lost time, revenue or essential data. As part of our commitment to updating customers, partners and Android users on our security…

One week until Code Jam kicks off—here’s why you should register

March 29th, 2019

Code Jam, Google’s longest-running programming competition, is returning for its sixteenth year. We’re offering another season of challenging algorithmic problems (including some that are interactive) for our global community. Whether you’re a seasoned contestant or brand new to the coding competition space, here are three reasons why you shouldn’t miss Code Jam 2019: Solve intriguing…

A day in the life of a local reporter

March 29th, 2019

Editor’s note: Manny Ramos is a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. He joined the Chicago Sun-Times as part of Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project that works to strengthen local journalism through placing emerging journalists into newsrooms around the country, with support from the Google News Initiative. I look forward to my…