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Empowering a new generation of localization professionalsEmpowering a new generation of localization professionalsDirector

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

When her grandmother Chadia turned 80, Christina Hayek—an Arabic Language Manager at Google—and her sisters wanted to give their beloved sitto a gift that would bring her closer to them. Chadia lives in Lebanon, but her children and grandchildren are spread across the world. To bridge this geographical gap, Christina and her siblings gave their grandmother an Android smartphone. Much to Chadia’s surprise, she was able to use her phone in Arabic straight out of the box.

This isn’t magic—it’s the work of a dedicated localization team at Google, whose mission is to create a diverse user experience that fits every language and every culture. Spread over more than 30 countries, our team of passionate translators and reviewers makes sure that all Google products are fun and easy to use in 70+ languages—and sound natural to people everywhere. Localization goes beyond translation. For example, while references to baseball and donuts work well in the U.S., these aren’t necessarily popular concepts in other cultures. So for we might change them to football in Italy and croissant in France.

With more and more people from around the world coming online every day, the localization industry keeps growing—and so does the demand for great translators, reviewers, and localization professionals. So, as part of Google’s mission to build products for everyone and make the web globally accessible, no matter where people are, we’re launching a massive open online course (MOOC) called Localization Essentials.

Localization Essentials was developed in collaboration with Udacity, and is free to access. It covers all localization basics needed to develop global products, from the types of software that we use to the jobs available in this industry. By sharing our knowledge, we hope that more culturally relevant products will become available to people everywhere, and provide opportunities to them that they didn’t have before.

To help build products for everyone and make the web globally accessible, we’re launching a massive open online course (MOOC) called Localization Essentials.


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Introducing Searching for Syria, a project made in partnership with UNHCRIntroducing Searching for Syria, a project made in partnership with UNHCRProject Lead, Searching for Syria

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:01:00 +0000

It was six years ago in March that the Syrian civil war began, and since then more than five million people have been forced to leave their homes, their possessions, their families, and their education to seek shelter throughout the Middle East, Europe, and around the world. The scale of the crisis is hard for most of us to fathom, and the experiences of the refugee population can often feel too remote for most of us to understand.Since 2015, we’ve tried to do our part to help. Google.org has invested more than $20 million in grants supporting solutions to provide 800,000+ refugees with emergency support and access to vital information and education. Today we are launching a site called “Searching for Syria,” a new way for people learn about Syria and the Syrian refugee crisis by exploring five of the most common search queries that people around the world are asking. Each question allows you to explore some of the detail behind the answer, combining UNHCR data with Google Maps, satellite imagery, videos, photography, and stories from refugees.Each June the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) releases a Global Trends report which contains the latest facts and figures on refugees, asylum-seekers, migrants and other people under the agency’s mandate. Late last year, Google and the UNHCR teamed up to combine this report with Search trends, drawing connections between the questions that people are searching for with the UNHCR’s detailed data sets. Our goal was to paint a new kind of picture of the Syrian refugee crisis, accessible to greater numbers of people—and in doing so, remind people not only of the scale of the crisis, but also of the human side of it.We see through Google Search trends that people are certainly trying to understand the scale of the crisis. Among the top trending searches in Germany, France, and the UK last year was “What is happening in Syria?” and simply, “What is a refugee?” People in every corner of the world are turning to Google Search to  find out what’s going on and how they might help. In 2016 alone people searched for information about Syria and the Syrian people over tens of millions of times. Over the last six years we have seen Search trends from around the world shift from  immediate questions like, “Where are Syrian refugees going?” to the more contemplative, “What was Syria like before the war?” Throughout Searching for Syria, refugee families tell you about their homes six years ago and today—and what they’ve experienced in traveling to their new, temporary lives.People search for many reasons—to learn and to research, or sometimes to connect, share, and overcome. Sharing these trends, based on UNHCR’s verified data, will ensure that people searching to better understand one of the most terrible events of the last six years will be able to do just that. Searching for Syria [...]Searching for Syria is a project created in partnership with the UNHCR that explores five common Search queries that people around the world are asking about the Syrian refugee crisis.


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The High Five: It’s a Beautiful Day to romp aroundThe High Five: It’s a Beautiful Day to romp aroundEditor-in-ChiefManaging Editor

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:00:00 +0000

Take a romp through this week’s search trends, from talented Dutch royalty to blockbuster news from D.C.

 A deluge of news from D.C.

After a week of non-stop news out of Washington, searchers are turning to Google to ask questions like “What did Trump tell Russia?” Many wanted to learn about the appointment of special prosecutor Robert Mueller, from his age and salary to “Which senators called for a special prosecutor?” Other searches asked how information is classified and whether the President is allowed to share classified information. And finally, many were curious to know what all this means for Trump’s presidency, even asking “If Trump is impeached, who will become President?”

Fashionistos

We live in a time of innovation, of creativity, of discovery, of … male rompers. Got questions? So do many people who have been searching “What is a male romper?” and “Why are people talking about rompers?” A romper is a one-piece combination of a shirt and shorts, traditionally worn by women. Now, the rompHIM is taking men’s fashion by storm—search interest in romper surpassed that of dress, pants, shorts AND shirt. Now the only question left is “Where can I buy a male romper?”

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The Flying Dutchman

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines gets new meaning this week, as Dutch King Willem-Alexander revealed that he’s been moonlighting as a commercial pilot for over two decades. His Royal Highness is flying high in search as a result. Even Americans are curious, looking for information about the King’s family and net worth as well as his side gig. Interest in the plane type he flew—Fokker 70—surpassed that of the well-known Boeing 747 by over 300 percent.

(Almost) summertime and the studying is hard

Summer is around the corner, and search interest for “final grade calculator” spiked (as it does every December at middle of May during final exam seasons). Summer is no fun if you don’t make the grade, so in the final stretch, students are searching “how to find out what your final grade will be” and “What grade do I need on the final?”

It’s a Beautiful Day for U2 fans

In a Race Against Time, U2 refuses to become an oldies act. Fans are getting what they Desire—the band is back on national tour performing songs from their landmark album Joshua Tree, going from Where the Streets Have No Name to a Red Hill Mining Town (and many cities in between). Many shows are already sold out, so if you Still Haven’t Found What you’re Looking For, it might be time to Walk On. But concert-goers in Santa Clara, CA, were treated to the Sweetest Thing when the band played for a full hour past curfew, With or Without permission from the city and leading to searches like “What time is the U2 concert over?” If you’re thinking All I Want is You to play “One,” you’re not alone—it’s the band’s top searched hit of all time.
Check out what’s trending on Google with a look at a few of the top searches from the week of May 15.


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All 101 announcements from Google I/O ‘17All 101 announcements from Google I/O ‘17Editor-in-Chief

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000

It’s been a busy three days here in Mountain View, as more than 7,000 developers joined us at Shoreline Amphitheatre for this year’s Google I/O. From AI to VR, and everything in between, here’s an exhaustive—we mean that—recap of everything we announced. 1. The Google Assistant is already available on more than 100 million devices!2. Soon, with Google Lens—a new way for computers to “see”—you’ll be able to learn more about and take action on the things around you, while you’re in a conversation with your Assistant.3. We’ve brought your Google Assistant to iPhones.4. Call me maybe? With new hands-free calling on Google Home, you’ll be able to make calls with the Assistant to landlines and mobile numbers in U.S. and Canada for free.5. You can now type to your Google Assistant on eligible Android phones and iPhones.6. Bonjour. Later this year people in Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Japan will be able to give the Assistant on Google Home a try.7. And Hallo. Soon the Assistant will roll out to eligible Android phones in Brazilian Portuguese, French, German and Japanese. By the end of the year the Assistant will support Italian, Korean and Spanish.8. We’re also adding transactions and payments to your Assistant on phones—soon you can order and pay for food and more, with your Assistant.  9. With 70+ home automation partners, you can water your lawn and check the status of your smoke alarm with the Assistant on Google Home and phones.10. Soon you’ll get proactive notifications for reminders, flight delays and traffic alerts with the Assistant on Google Home and phones. With multi-user support, you can control the type of notifications to fit your daily life.12. Listen to all your favorite tunes. We’ve added Deezer and Soundcloud as partners, plus Spotify’s free music offering coming soon.  12. Bluetooth support is coming to Google Home, so you can play any audio from your iOS or Android device.13. Don’t know the name of a song, but remember a few of the lyrics? Now you can just ask the Assistant to “play that song that goes like...” and list some of the lyrics.14. Use your voice to play your favorite shows and more from 20+ new partners (HBO NOW, CBS All Access, and HGTV) straight to your TV.15. With visual responses from your Assistant on TVs with Chromecast, you’ll be able to see Assistant answers on the biggest screen in your house.16. You can stream with your voice with Google Home on 50 million Cast and Cast-enabled devices.17. For developers, we're bringing Actions on Google to the Assistant on phones—on both Android and iOS. Soon you’ll find conversation apps for the Assistant that help you do things like shopping for clothes or ordering food from a lengthy menu.18. Also for developers, we’re adding ways for you to get data on your app's usage and performance, with a new console.19. We’re rolling out an app directory, so people can find apps from developers directly in the Google Assistant.20. People can now also create shortcuts for apps in the Google Assistant, so instead of saying "Ok Google, ask Forecaster Joe what's the surf report for the Outer Banks," someone can just say their personal shortcut, like "Ok Google, is the surf up?"21. Last month we previewed the Google Assistant SDK, and now we’re updating it with hotword support, so developers can build devices that are triggered by a simple "Ok Google."22. We’re also adding to the SDK the ability to have both timers and alarms.23. And finally, we’re launching our first developer competition for Actions on Google. 24. With the addition of Smart Reply to Gmail on Android and iOS, we’re using machine learning to make responding to [...]


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Build with G SuiteBuild with G SuiteProduct Marketing Manager, G Suite Platform

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:00:00 +0000

Today wraps our annual Google I/O conference. Thousands of developers from around the world gathered to learn about our latest developer products and share best practices, including how to build next-gen business applications using G Suite. In case you need it, here’s a list of the various developer tools you can use to customize app your G Suite experience at your organization.1. Build and deploy custom apps using App Maker App Maker is a low-code, application development tool in G Suite that helps developers quickly build and deploy custom apps securely. It comes with built-in templates, a drag-and-drop UI and point-and-click data modeling. Plus, you can customize your app to connect with a wide range of APIs using Apps Script. App Maker is currently available as part of an Early Adopter Program for G Suite Business customers. Learn more. 2. Create seamless integrations with the G Suite APIsSpeaking of APIs, G Suite offers a number of ways for developers to integrate their app with ours and create a seamless experience for users. Here are a few of our favorite G Suite APIs.Try the Sheets API which lets your developers read, write and format data in Sheets. Plus, you can automatically generate and update charts, pivot tables and more.The Slides API helps you access and update presentations programmatically, pulling in data from various sources (including popular third-party apps) and producing polished template-based presentations in a fraction of the time.Leverage the Gmail API to access and organize your Gmail inbox. You can program your application to read and send messages, create filters to automatically label, forward and archive messages, or even update vacation responders.Finally, the Drive API allows you to manage Google Drive files and/or folders as well as leverage new Team Drive features programmatically. Developers can also use the Drive SDK to create Drive-enabled apps that handle custom files.3. Customize your G Suite experience with Add-ons Using Apps Script, G Suite's native JavaScript-based development platform, developers can easily customize their favorite apps like Sheets, Docs, and Forms by adding menu items, sidebars or editing files programmatically directly within these apps. We also recently introduced Gmail Add-ons in developer preview, so that third-party developers can bring the power of their apps directly into Gmail. Better yet, developers need only write their Gmail Add-on once, and it’ll run natively in Gmail on web, Android and iOS right away. Image credit: Intuit and Prosperworks To learn more about how you can integrate and better customize your business applications for G Suite, check out the G Suite Developers blog or the G Suite Developers show. You can also subscribe to the G Suite Developers newsletter for updates.[...]


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The winners of the 2017 Google Play Awards are ...The winners of the 2017 Google Play Awards are ...Director

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Whether it’s an app that teaches kids to code or provides assistance to refugees, or a game that lets you explore future lifeforms, the high-quality apps and games on Google Play touch lives of people across the globe. During a special Google Play Award ceremony tonight at Google I/O, we honored 12 apps and games that give their fans delightful and memorable experiences. With more than 85 billion apps and games downloaded on Google Play over the past year, these were some of the experiences that captured our imagination. Congrats to this year’s winners! Standout IndieGames from indie developers that focus on artistic design, gameplay mechanics and overall polish. Mushroom 11 by Untame Standout StartupApps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong organic install growth. HOOKED by Telepathic Best Android Wear ExperienceNew wear 2.0 apps offering great design, user delight and functionality. Runtastic Running & Fitness by Runtastic Best TV ExperienceApps or games built for the large-screen format to provide an  intuitive experience. Red Bull TV by Red Bull Best VR ExperienceHighly engaging and immersive experience with optimal use of Daydream UI. Virtual Virtual Reality by Tender Claws Best AR ExperienceApps or games harnessing the creative and imaginative technology of AR. WOORLD by Funomena Best App for KidsApps or games with family-friendly design that encourage creativity, exploration and education. Animal Jam - Play Wild! by WildWorks Best Multiplayer GameGames built to connect gamers in competitive and engaging multiplayer experiences. Hearthstone by Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. Best AppA true representation of beautiful design, intuitive UX and high user appeal. Memrise by Memrise Best GameGames with strong mechanics, stellar graphics and strong engagement and retention tactics. TRANSFORMERS: Forged to Fight by Kabam Best Accessibility ExperienceApps or games enabling device interaction to serve people with disabilities or speci[...]


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More on Daydream, Tango, and Developer tools for VR and ARMore on Daydream, Tango, and Developer tools for VR and ARVP

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:30:00 +0000

This morning at Google I/O, we went into more detail about the investments we're making in the core technologies that enable VR and AR, and in platforms that make them accessible to more people. Tango Tango enables devices to track motion and understand depth and space, and it’s a fundamental enabling technology for both virtual and augmented reality. WorldSense, the positional tracking technology which makes our new Daydream standalone VR headsets work without any external sensors, is derived from Tango. Tango also enables smartphone AR. With it, devices can provide indoor directions and place digital objects in the space around us. You can see what furniture looks like in your bedroom before you buy it, build interactive worlds in your living room, or summon dinosaurs into your kitchen to learn more about them. And with Expeditions AR, students can have a shared experience of digital objects, like the rings of Saturn or an erupting volcano, right in the classroom.Daydream Daydream is our platform for mobile VR. There are lots of Daydream-ready phones already available, with more to come this year—including Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+, and devices from LG, Motorola and ASUS. Standalone headsets, a new category of devices built by our partners, are also coming to Daydream later this year. They’re easy to use, and the form factor enables partners to optimize things like sensors and displays for VR. And with more than 150 apps, there’s lots to explore, watch and do in VR—regardless of which Daydream-ready device you choose.The upcoming 2.0 release for all headsets, Daydream Euphrates, has features that make VR more fun and easier to share with others. You’ll be able to capture what you’re seeing, as well as cast your virtual world right onto the screen in your living room. And, soon, you’ll be able to watch YouTube videos in VR with other people and share the experience in the same virtual space. Developers and the WebIn order for immersive computing to be “for everyone,” developers need to build great apps and experiences. We’re working on tools and tech to help them do that. First, with Instant Preview, developers can make changes on a computer and see them reflected on a headset in seconds, not minutes, making development much faster for VR. Second, a new technology we've developed called Seurat – named after the great French painter – makes it possible to render high-fidelity scenes on mobile VR headsets in real time. It uses some clever tricks to help you achieve desktop-level graphics or better with a mobile GPU. Seurat enabled ILMxLAB, the branch of Lucasfilm focused on pioneering next generation immersive experiences, to bring the cinema-quality world of Rogue One to a mobile VR headset. We'll have more to share on Seurat later this year, so stay tuned. Finally, our investments in the web mean that developers can distribute their creations to anyone, regardless of device—whether it’s desktops, phones, or VR and AR enabled devices. We were an early supporter and contributor to WebVR standards. Chrome VR, which will make it possible to browse the web in virtual reality, is coming to Daydream this summer. And we’re excited to support AR for the web, too. We’re releasing an experimental build of Chromium with an AR API that you can try out now.These are just the first steps, but we’re excited about where this leads. Be sure to catch our other I/O sessions on VR and AR to learn more.[...]This morning at Google I/O, we went into more detail about the investments we're making in the core technologies that enable VR and AR, and in platforms that make them accessible to more people.


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Android enterprise security gets smarter and stronger with Google Play Protect and Android OAndroid enterprise security gets smarter and stronger with Google Play Protect and Android OSenior Product Manager

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Enterprise customers need intelligent security tools to protect their data as part of a successful mobile deployment.

Android is built with enterprise security in mind, from the platform to the security services that now check 50 billion apps a day. Yesterday at I/O we took another step and introduced Google Play Protect, an always-on set of security services that are designed to provide more peace of mind to IT managers, employees and all users. We also previewed new security and management features in Android O that give enterprise customers additional app and data protections.

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Google Play Protect is built into every Android device with Google Play and uses the latest in advanced machine learning technology to identify threats and automatically keep them off your device. This intelligence, which gets smarter over time, bolsters the app review process in Google Play and extends to device scans of all apps, including apps from unknown sources.

For employees, Google Play Protect helps them take more control over their security and allows them to work confidently and productively without worrying about harmful apps. For IT managers, they can enjoy comprehensive, built-in antivirus protection from Google. And using our Android enterprise management features, IT managers can enforce this protection by policy.

In Android O, we’re also introducing a number of enterprise features designed to provide more enhanced security.

  • We’re enabling IT managers to enforce app scanning and blocking of potentially harmful apps device-wide by policy and making it backward compatible for earlier versions of Android.

  • We’re showcasing new protections for data at rest including more controls for strong authentication and encryption key eviction/password reset.

  • We’re enabling IT managers to utilize network logging to analyze emerging threats as well as exercising more control over file-based encryption.

If you’re at Google I/O, you can learn more by attending the “What’s new in Android security” session today at 2:30 p.m. Otherwise, check out the new Google Play Protect website.


At I/O, we introduced Google Play Protect, an always-on set of security services that are designed to provide more peace of mind to IT managers, employees and all users. In Android O, we're providing new security and management features that deliver even more app and data protections for enterprise customers.


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Step inside the Forbidden City with precious artworks from the Palace Museum on Google Arts & CultureStep inside the Forbidden City with precious artworks from the Palace Museum on Google Arts & CultureProgram Manager

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000

For nearly 500 years—from 1420 to 1912—the Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors. Among its most illustrious inhabitants was the Qianlong Emperor, a patron of Confucian arts and culture who, during his 50-year reign in the 18th century, amassed the most important collection of artwork in Chinese history. The Qianlong Emperor in Ceremonial Armor on Horseback. Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766, Chinese name Lang Shining) This rich collection was built upon by his successors over time and went on to become the centerpiece of the Palace Museum that opened to people outside the imperial court for the first time in 1925. And starting today, anyone with an internet connection can now glimpse inside and view 100 precious artifacts from the Palace Museum on Google Arts & Culture.The exhibit captures the breadth of rare and valuable works that are on display in the Forbidden City—from calligraphy to ceramics, silk paintings to stone carvings, and jades and other jewels. The Palace Museum collection on Google Arts & Culture covers over 6,000 years of China’s culture and history, and sheds particular light on the Qianlong Emperor’s reign, the traditions and prosperity of the Qing Empire. One of the collection’s oldest surviving pieces, the Bu Shang Studying, Running Regular Script was made by calligrapher Ouyang Xun to document the philosophical reasoning of one of Confucius’ most distinguished pupils. Zoom into the artwork to appreciate Ouyang’s brushstrokes. This piece was widely documented throughout history, finally entering the imperial collection during the Qianlong Emperor’s reign, who included it in his personal album of splendid calligraphic works. The Seal of Imperial Sacrifices to Heaven features a knob carved in the form of a crouching dragon and is said to be one of the Qianlong Emperor’s twenty-five most cherished seals, and was used in his worship of Heaven. From left to right: Bu Shang Studying, Running Regular Script, Ouyang Xun (557-641);  Seal of Imperial Sacrifices to Heaven - View 1 and View 2. Detail from Listening to a Zither. Zhao Ji (1082-1135) The Qianlong Emperor developed a practice of leaving an imprint of his imperial seal on many of his favorite pieces of art. Slowly zoom in to Listening to a Zither, a quintessential piece of court figure-paintings of the Song dynasty, and scroll to the left to find two stamps added by the emperor.  With Google Arts & Culture, you can explore more of the Qianlong Emperor’s most prized artworks that he placed his seal on, such as the Admonitions Scroll, some of which are now found in collections around the world.Come and discover these gems from the Palace Museum and much more on Google Arts & Culture today, available on desktop, iOS and Android. Bright Yellow Satin Court Robe with Embroidered Golden Dragons - View 1. This robe was part of the ceremonial dress used by the Qianlong Emperor and is decorated with the twelve imperial symbols that are outlined by round golden threads. [...]


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What’s next for Google payment and loyalty experiencesWhat’s next for Google payment and loyalty experiencesPali Bhat, VP of Product Management, Payments

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Thousands of apps and millions of stores accept Android Pay, a simpler and more secure mobile payment experience. Android Pay is now available in 10 markets, with more coming soon, including Brazil, Canada, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. And in addition to our already announced Visa and Mastercard partnerships, we’ll soon enable a streamlined mobile checkout experience for PayPal users.The newest ways to pay with GoogleYesterday, we announced the Google Payment API, which lets people pay in app or online with any verified credit or debit card saved to their Google Account, via products like Google Play, Chrome and YouTube. For users, the option to pay with Google means breezing through checkout without needing to remember and type multiple lines of payment details. You simply choose your preferred card, enter a security code or authenticate with your Android device, and check out.Developers who adopt this API can enable an easy-to-use checkout experience for their customers. Sign up for early access to the new Google Payment API.In the upcoming months, we’ll also enable people in the U.S. to send or receive payments via the Google Assistant. On your Google Home or Android device, it’s as simple as saying “Ok Google, send $10 to Jane for pizza.” All you need is a debit card linked to your Google account. Connect with customers before, during and after purchaseWe’re also announcing new ways for merchants to engage and reward customers before they walk into the store and after they’ve left. The Card Linked Offers API drives customer loyalty by providing a new channel to deliver targeted offers, and Panera Bread is one of the first merchants who will roll out this new capability nationally. MyPanera members who save their loyalty card to Android Pay can discover offers and learn about new menu items, surfaced by Android Pay when they are at the store. The offer is redeemed when you use your MyPanera account at checkout. We’re also making it easier for Android Pay users to add loyalty programs. For example, Walgreens Balance Rewards® members who manually apply their loyalty account with a phone number and use Android Pay will receive a notification on their phone that easily enables them to link that loyalty card to Android Pay for future visits. This experience is powered by our smart tap technology, which Walgreens has fully deployed across their 8,000+ U.S. stores.There’s more—we’re collaborating with Clover, a First Data company, to expand our smart tap technology beyond national retailers to businesses of all sizes. With the upcoming integration of smart tap in Clover’s developer APIs, you’ll be able to build Android apps for loyalty, coupon and gift card redemption and new features, such as order ahead and tap for pick up. Visit developers.google.com/payments for the latest on all of our Google Payment, Loyalty and Offers APIs.[...]A summary of our payments and commerce announcements at I/O 2017.


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Empowering developers to build the best experiences across platformsEmpowering developers to build the best experiences across platformsVice President

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000

It’s great to be in our backyard again for Google I/O to connect with developers around the world. The 7,200 attendees at Shoreline Amphitheatre, millions of viewers on the live stream, and thousand of developers at local I/O Extended events across 80+ countries heard about our efforts to make the lives of developers easier—allowing them to focus on the problems they’re trying to solve by minimizing the pain points of building a product.Earlier this morning, our CEO Sundar Pichai talked about our various billion-user platforms. Whether it’s Android or Chrome or the mobile web, our success would not have been possible without the developer community. And during our Developer Keynote, we covered our heavy investments in tools and services for developers who build on our platforms every day.Let's take a closer look at the major developer news at I/O so far: Platforms that connect developers to billions of users around the worldAndroid O Developer Preview 2—Get a look at the next release of Android O focused on fluid experiences that make Android even more useful, and our efforts to optimize battery life, startup time, graphic rendering time, and stability. Early adopters can opt in to the Android O Beta Program at android.com/beta and run Android O now. Project Treble—Last week, we also introduced a new Android framework designed to help reduce the time and effort it takes device makers to upgrade a phone to a new version of Android, starting with Android O.Android Go—We’re optimizing Android to run smoothly on entry-level devices, starting with the O release. We’re also designing Google apps to use less memory, storage space, and mobile data, including apps such as YouTube Go, Chrome, and Gboard. Kotlin—Android is officially supporting the Kotlin programming language, in addition to the Java language and C++. Kotlin is a brilliantly designed, mature, production-ready language that we believe will make Android development faster and more fun. Android Studio 3.0 Canary—Our new preview includes three major features to accelerate development flow: a new suite of app performance profiling tools to quickly diagnose performance issues, support for the Kotlin programming language, and increased Gradle build speeds for large sized app projects. Mobile web—AMP and Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are re-defining modern mobile web development. AMP gets content in front of users fast and PWAs deliver app-focused experiences that are reliable, fast and engaging. We're seeing success stories from all around the world—travel company Wego has rolled out a successful AMP based PWA and Forbes has seen user engagement double since launching a PWA. If you're wondering how good your current web experience is, you can use Lighthouse—an automated tool for measuring webpage quality. Be sure to tune in this afternoon for the Mobile Web: State of the Union talk to hear more about building rich mobile web experiences.Infrastructure and services to take mobile apps and the web to the next level Firebase—At last year’s I/O, we expanded Firebase to a full mobile development platform with products to help you build your app and grow your business. Over a million developers now use Firebase, and we’re doubling down on our efforts to simplify more every-day developer challenges. We’re giving more insights to understand app performance through Firebase Performance Monitoring, introducing integration between Hosting and Cloud Functions, adding support for Phone Number Authentication, and continuing to improve Analytics in a number of ways. We've also started open sourcing our SDKs.Mobile web developer certifications—At least year’s I/O we launched the Associate Android Developer Certification. This year, we’re adding two new certifications for web dev[...]


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Making AI work for everyoneMaking AI work for everyoneCEO

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000

I’ve now been at Google for 13 years, and it’s remarkable how the company’s founding mission of making information universally accessible and useful is as relevant today as it was when I joined. From the start, we’ve looked to solve complex problems using deep computer science and insights, even as the technology around us forces dramatic change.The most complex problems tend to be ones that affect people’s daily lives, and it’s exciting to see how many people have made Google a part of their day—we’ve just passed 2 billion monthly active Android devices; YouTube has not only 1 billion users but also 1 billion hours of watchtime every day; people find their way along 1 billion kilometers across the planet using Google Maps each day. This growth would have been unthinkable without computing’s shift to mobile, which made us rethink all of our products—reinventing them to reflect new models of interaction like multi-touch screens.We are now witnessing a new shift in computing: the move from a mobile-first to an AI-first world. And as before, it is forcing us to reimagine our products for a world that allows a more natural, seamless way of interacting with technology. Think about Google Search: it was built on our ability to understand text in webpages. But now, thanks to advances in deep learning, we’re able to make images, photos and videos useful to people in a way they simply haven’t been before. Your camera can “see”; you can speak to your phone and get answers back—speech and vision are becoming as important to computing as the keyboard or multi-touch screens.   With Google Lens, your smartphone camera won’t just see what you see, but also understand what you’re looking at and help you take action. Cloud TPUs are custom-built for machine learning; 64 of these devices can be networked into a TPU pod, an 11.5 petaflop ML supercomputer. AI can also help with basic sciences like DNA sequencing. A new tool from Google.ai helps researchers identify genetic variants more quickly. Abu Qader, a high school student in Chicago, taught himself how to use TensorFlow using YouTube. He’s using ML to improve mammography. We built a new feature with the goal that no matter who you are or what kind of job you're looking for, you can find the job postings that are right for you. [...]


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Keeping you safe with Google Play ProtectKeeping you safe with Google Play ProtectProduct Manager, Android Security

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:50:00 +0000

Whether you’re checking email for work, playing Pokémon Go with your kids or watching your favorite movie, confidence in the security of your device and data is important. And since day one, Android has been built with security in mind. As we’ve grown, so have our security services, which constantly protect the 2 billion active Android devices globally.We know you want to be confident that your Android devices are safe and secure, which is why we are doubling down on our commitment to security. Today we introduced Google Play Protect—Google’s comprehensive security services for Android, providing powerful new protections and greater visibility into your device security. Play Protect is built into every device with Google Play, is always updating, and automatically takes action to keep your data and device safe, so you don’t have to lift a finger. Peace of mind in the palm of your handWith more than 50 billion apps scanned every day, our machine learning systems are always on the lookout for new risks, identifying potentially harmful apps and keeping them off your device or removing them. All Google Play apps go through a rigorous security analysis even before they’re published on the Play Store—and Play Protect warns you about bad apps that are downloaded from other sources too. Play Protect watches out for any app that might step out of line on your device, keeping you and every other Android user safe. Control within reach, even when your device isn’tOne of the biggest security risks you’re likely to face is simply losing your phone. To help in these times of need, we’re launching Find My Device as part of Google Play Protect. With Find My Device you can locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices—phones, tablets, and even watches. This feature is built in and enabled on all devices; visit android.com/find or check out the app.Over the coming weeks we’ll be rolling out these new features to your device. To learn more about Google Play Protect, check out our website or give Find My Device a spin.[...]With Google Play Protect, you can rest assured that your Android device and data are safe.


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The latest on VR and AR at Google I/OThe latest on VR and AR at Google I/OVP

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:40:00 +0000

VR can transport you. With it, you don’t just get to see a place, you can experience what it’s like to be there. And AR brings computing into your world, letting you interact with digital information in your environment. Both technologies enable us to experience computing more like we experience the real world—they make computing work more like we do. That’s why we’re making investments in the core technologies that enable VR and AR, and in platforms that make them accessible to more people. At Google I/O, we’re sharing some of what we've been up to. Here are the highlights.Virtual realityIn October, we launched Daydream View, a VR headset that’s comfortable and easy to use. Today, there are lots of Daydream-ready phones available to choose from. And there are more coming—including the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which will be Daydream-ready with a software update this summer, and LG’s next flagship phone, which will launch later this year.Daydream will soon also support a new category of VR devices, which we call standalone VR headsets. These devices build on what’s already great about smartphone VR, and they make the whole experience even easier and more comfortable. Standalone headsets don't require a phone or PC. Instead, getting into VR is as simple as putting the thing on. The hardware is fully optimized for VR, and features a new headset tracking technology called WorldSense. WorldSense enables positional tracking, meaning the headset tracks your precise movements in space – and it does this all without any external sensors to install. We worked closely with Qualcomm to create a standalone headset reference design, which partners can use as a blueprint to build from. HTC VIVE, a leader in the VR space, and Lenovo, a leader in mobile and computing, are both working on devices, with the first ones coming later this year. VIVE standalone headset with Daydream Lenovo standalone headset with Daydream Augmented realityWe’ve been investing in Tango for years as a core technology for both virtual and augmented reality. With Tango, devices can track motion and understand distances and their position in the real world. For VR, we’ve used technology from Tango as the foundation of WorldSense. For AR, it can be used to enable smartphone AR experiences by placing digital objects in real spaces. The next phone with Tango technology will be the ASUS ZenFone AR, available this summer.Tango is also one of the core technologies behind our new Visual Positioning Service (VPS), which helps devices quickly and accurately understand their location indoors. While GPS is great for getting you to the storefront, with VPS your device can direct you right to the item you’re looking for once inside. VPS works today in partner museums and select Lowe’s stores. We think VPS will be powerful in a variety of scenarios. For instance, imagine how precise location enabled by VPS, combined with audio interfaces, could help visually-impaired people navigate through the world. One of the areas where we’re most excited to apply Tango technologies is in the cl[...]


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Android: celebrating a big milestone together with youAndroid: celebrating a big milestone together with youVP of Engineering

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:39:00 +0000

When I started working at Google in early 2007, it was before Android, before iOS. Mobile was still niche. And while many of us had a sense that mobile was going to be big, I’m not sure we really realized just how big it was going to get. Fast forward to today, and there are now 2 billion monthly active Android devices globally. This is an extraordinarily humbling milestone—and it’s the largest reach of any computing platform of its kind. Today at Google I/O, we celebrated that milestone and showcased a number of ways we’re working to make Android even more useful, including a beta release of Android O and a new initiative to help bring Android to the next billion users. Android across all your screensAndroid brings the power of computing to the many screens in your life—from watches to TVs and beyond. We’re excited about the momentum we’re seeing in these new Android platforms too:Watches: With new partners such as Emporio Armani, Movado and New Balance, Android Wear now enables 24 of the world’s top watch brands.Cars: Android Auto has seen 10x user growth since last year, supported by more than 300 car models. And just this week, Audi and Volvo announced next generation infotainment systems will be powered by Android.TVs: With 1 million new device activations every two months, Android TV has doubled its number of users since last year. And today we announced Android TV is revamping its home screen with a new channel-based, content-first experience so you can discover new shows and watch your favorites even faster.Internet of Things: Android Things, which will fully launch later this year, already has thousands of developers in more than 60 countries using it to build connected devices with easy access to services such as the Google Assistant.Chromebooks: Chromebooks, which can now run Android apps, comprise nearly 60 percent of K-12 laptops sold in U.S. schools and momentum is spreading. Adoption of Chromebooks in schools has doubled internationally, and we saw 75 percent growth in enterprise as well.Play: Android users installed a staggering 82 billion apps and games in the past year from Google Play. Android O: fluid experiences to help you do moreAndroid O, coming later this year, will bring more fluid experiences to your smaller screen, as well as improvements to what we call “vitals” like battery life and security. With picture-in-picture, you can seamlessly do two tasks simultaneously, like checking your calendar while planning a party on a Duo video call. And Smart Text Selection improves copy and paste—because who enjoys fumbling with text selection handles? By using machine learning to recognize entities on the screen—like a complete address—you can easily select text you want with a double tap, and even bring up an app like Maps to help navigate you there. Picture-in-picture Smart text selection [...]


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Partnering on machine learning in healthcarePartnering on machine learning in healthcareGoogle Brain team

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:30:00 +0000

From 1816’s stethoscope to today’s handheld ultrasound machines, doctors have steadily adopted technology to advance healthcare. In the past decade, the medical community has taken a major step in adopting electronic health systems to make information more accessible to clinicians and patients. Now, to make sense of all that information, healthcare providers are starting to turn to machine learning.Our researchers at Google have shown over the past year how our machine learning can help clinicians detect breast cancer metastases in lymph nodes and screen for diabetic retinopathy. We’re working with Alphabet’s Verily arm and other biomedical partners to translate these research results into practical medical devices, such as a tool to help prevent blindness in patients with diabetes. Now we’re ready to do more: machine learning is mature enough to start accurately predicting medical events—such as whether patients will be hospitalized, how long they will stay, and whether their health is deteriorating despite treatment for conditions such as urinary tract infections, pneumonia, or heart failure. Advanced machine learning can discover patterns in de-identified medical records (that is, stripped of any personally identifiable information) to predict what is likely to happen next, and thus, anticipate the needs of the patients before they arise. So we’ve partnered with world-class medical researchers and bioinformaticians at UC San Francisco, Stanford Medicine and University of Chicago Medicine to explore how machine learning combined with clinical expertise could improve patient outcomes, avoid costly incidents and save lives.The need is urgent and immense: each year in the U.S., healthcare-associated infections lead to 99,000 deaths, problems with medications cause more than 770,000 injuries and deaths and unplanned hospital readmissions cost as much as $17 billion. There are also pressing global issues: every year 43 million people worldwide are affected by medical errors, most in middle- to low-income countries. While significant headway has already been made, a number of clinicians have reached out to Google to ask whether better use of health information could produce better outcomes. Healthcare data is very complex, and we spent this past year validating the data and developing the techniques. Our results will be undergoing clinical review over the next few months to ensure the approach is rigorous.We’re also helping to harmonize the different ways data appears across organizations. Each clinic has its own way of recording data, which makes gathering insights from multiple clinics difficult. And the lack of data interoperability and standardization makes resolving these differences a time-consuming manual process. But now, using our deep learning technology on top of the open data standard FHIR, we can automate parts of this process, making it easier for clinicians and researchers to use the data.As part of this research, our healthcare partners ensured that patient data was appropriately de-identified prior to sharing. We then used Google Cloud’s infrastructure to keep the data stored securely with the highest level of protections and to strictly follow HIPAA privacy rules. The records are kept separate from consumer data and will only be used in our partnership research projects.We believe clinical breakthroughs using machine learning will come only when the medical community and deep learning experts collaborate closely. Most of us at Google are not doctors, but everyone has been touched by an illness or injury, or even lost a loved one. We have something unique at Google that we can contrib[...]


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500 million people using Google Photos, and three new ways to share

Two years ago we introduced Google Photos and now, more than 500 million people use it every month, backing up more than 1.2 billion photos and videos per day. Today, we’re announcing three new ways to help you share and receive the meaningful moments in your life.

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