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Seize the day and take the stage at Demo Day Asia

Category: Google | May 22, 2018

Do you think your startup has what it takes to become the next great tech champion in Asia?  Now you have a chance to prove it at Demo Day Asia hosted by Google for Entrepreneurs, where some of the region’s most outstanding startup founders will gather to pitch to top regional and global investors onstage in Shanghai on September 20.


As our CEO Sundar Pichai announced earlier this year, this is the first time we’re doing this in Asia Pacific, and we’re excited to see some of the best ideas from the region. If your startup is headquartered in Asia Pacific, you can learn more and apply now on our site. The deadline to apply to participate is July 1 at 11:59 pm SGT.


If your startup is selected, you’ll receive mentorship and coaching from Google to deliver the perfect pitch to a panel of distinguished investors. You’ll experience an immersion into the Chinese startup ecosystem by connecting with successful founders and community players. While there, you’ll have the opportunity to meet top venture capital investors from around the world and find out what they look for in a startup. If you impress them, you might even come home with some funding and up to $100,000 in Google Cloud Platform credits. Since 2014, businesses that have pitched at Demo Days have gone on to raise $273 million, and we hope to catalyze similar opportunities for founders here.


Startups across Asia are building the products and services of our future. We hope you’re just as excited as we are to cheer them on!


How uses Chrome Browser for a more connected and productive workforce

Category: Google | May 22, 2018

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from Nick Glazer, Senior Systems Engineer at The Climate Corporation. Climate uses Chrome Browser to support its workforce as it develops digital tools for sustainable farming.

The Climate Corporation’s mission is enable all of the world’s farmers to sustainably increase productivity with digital tools. Our Climate FieldView app—which can be downloaded on mobile devices or accessed through an Internet browser—helps more than 100,000 people across the United States, Canada and Brazil to make data-driven decisions about their agricultural practice.

Although our entire team works toward the same goal, our workflows and styles can vary greatly. As a Senior Systems Engineer, part of my job is making sure our employees have the tools they need to collaborate and be productive. We have teams on both coasts of the U.S. and across the Midwest as well as Brazil, where many of the farms we serve are located. Chrome Browser brings us together. It’s our go-to tool for finding the applications we need to do our jobs and get things done, whether we’re in the office or in the field. (Literally.)

From the very beginning we embraced Chrome Browser as one of our essential business tools. It’s the gateway to the 100 or so apps we rely on daily. We combine it with Okta to provide single sign-on access to the apps, and it integrates perfectly with Chrome using the Okta extension. Instead of having to remember dozens of app logins and passwords, employees simply log in once at the Chrome Browser home screen. It’s a seamless way to find the tools we need and start working quickly every day.

For our employees who travel a lot, or switch between devices when at home or at the office, the Chrome Browser operates as their “home base” for resources like bookmarks. No matter where our employees log in, or what device they use, their bookmarks stay synced. Our IT team uses the Chrome management console to push out bookmarks and extensions everyone needs—a big time savings compared to manually setting up bookmarks on each device.

The Climate Corporation uses Chrome Browser to support its workforce as it develops digital tools for sustainable farming. From the very beginning Climate embraced Chrome Browser as one of their essential business tools.

With offices across the U.S. and Brazil, it’s also critically important for us to be able to collaborate in real time. So we use G Suite to stay connected. Remote workers on the go can dial into Hangouts quickly to share the latest information, and we have more than 170 meeting rooms powered by Hangouts Meet, which runs on Chrome Browser, giving us a secure and reliable way to work across geographies.  

Chrome Browser also saves time for our software teams thanks to its feature-rich development tools. Our customers use our website to access critical information, so it’s important to us all the website features work smoothly. Our software engineers use the developer tools in Chrome Browser to diagnose bugs, analyze code in real time, and fix any problems that arise. They especially like being able to switch back and forth among profiles with a few clicks, since they have several accounts with admin rights for test environments.

Chrome Browser is so easy to work with we can get creative with time-saving tools for employees. For example, we built a custom “go links” system for Chrome Browser, so people don’t have to type in URLs for websites they visit often. For example, to easily get to our internal IT support site, all employees have to do is type go/it in Chrome Browser’s address bar. The less time spent navigating to the resources they need, the more time they’re able to dedicate to getting the right information in front of our customers.

How uses Chrome Browser for a more connected and productive workforce

As IT people, we worry most about security, while employees tend to worry about speed—how fast they can access information. With Chrome Browser, we’re covered on both fronts. Auto-updates are a huge benefit for us, because we know the browser always has the latest security protections, without the need for us to manually manage patches. When it comes to speed for our users, Chrome Browser loads fast, so scientists and engineers don’t run into delays when seeking important data. This means they can quickly connect with their colleagues to get projects over the finish line.  

Helping farmers get the most out of every acre and gather knowledge so future yields are even more plentiful is a mission that benefits everyone—not just the farming community. Chrome Browser helps us make that possible.


Android P: More power for enterprises

Category: Google | May 22, 2018

We recently unveiled the beta version of Android P, which adds more intelligence and simplicity to your mobile experience. Many of the new features in Android P are specifically aimed at the enterprise, bringing additional security for corporate devices, a seamless transition between work and personal use, and flexibility for organizations using devices in dedicated-use scenarios.

Simplifying the work profile experience

Android P improves the look and performance of the work profile. Work apps now have a dedicated tab in the app launcher, making them more visible and eliminating duplication and clutter. Work apps also have an updated blue briefcase badge that better matches Android’s modern design patterns.

While we want to make it easier to get to your work apps, we also think it’s important for your phone to help you disconnect when you’re away from work. So in Android P, we added a switch to turn off work mode right inside the work tab. This disables the work profile apps, notifications and data usage.

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Work apps are now in a separate tab inside the launcher.

Many productivity applications are used with both a work and personal account. In Android P, app developers can enable seamless switching between work and personal accounts within their apps, removing the need to return to the app launcher. A quick transition zips you from one account to another in apps that you have installed for both work and personal profiles. Google Tasks supports this feature today, with support in other Google apps coming soon.

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Switch from your personal Google account to a work profile from within the same application.

Also new in Android P is support for devices shared by multiple users. Now, shift workers who hand off a device at the end of their day can simply sign out, and the new team member can login and use the device right away.

More flexibility in kiosk mode

Businesses use Android devices as payment terminals, digital signs, informational kiosks, and in other creative ways to support their customers. This can be done by locking an app to the screen through kiosk mode.

Before, IT admins were restricted to locking only one app to a device. Now in Android P, admins can lock multiple apps and quickly switch between them with a dedicated launcher. A restaurant could take your order from a menu, and then switch over to a payment terminal app to complete the transaction.

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Support multiple apps in kiosk mode.

This mode also lets enterprises limit access to device options, such as mobile connectivity or the settings menu, while still allowing users to get notifications and interact with a defined set of apps.

Any Android app can be used in kiosk mode, and developers don’t have to build their own custom launchers anymore to switch between apps. Administrators have full flexibility in customizing the user interface with the ability to hide status bar icons, the power menu and navigation buttons, as well as disable notifications.

Key security enhancements

Android P also introduces a number of features that address enterprise security needs:

  • The ability for IT administrators to require different PINs and timeout rules for the personal and work profiles.

  • Additional policies that can prevent data sharing across work and personal profiles.

  • New APIs that work with keys and certificates to securely identify devices accessing corporate resources.

While these are some of the key highlights, there are many other security-focused APIs and features that will benefit those using Android as a company-issued device or personal device with the work profile. View more details on the full set of security enhancements at the Android developers site.

Take it for a test drive

Thanks to the work of Project Treble, an effort to make OS upgrades easier for our partners, the Android P Beta is available for testing on several devices.

IT admins who want to experience P can install the beta on Google Pixel, Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21, OnePlus 6, and Essential PH‑1.


Now on iOS: new vehicle icons to spice up your drive

Category: Google | May 21, 2018

There’s now a new way to customize your drive on Google Maps for iOS. Depending on your mood, you can swap out the classic blue navigation arrow for a new icon—a stylish sedan, a timeless pickup truck, or a speedy SUV. Get started by tapping on the arrow while in driving navigation mode to select your vehicle of choice, and hit the road with a brand new car, so you can have that new car feeling without the down payment.

New icons on Google Maps iOS


Watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot this Saturday

Category: Google | May 18, 2018

Tomorrow people from all over the world will tune in to watch the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

To give people everywhere a chance to join together and celebrate this royal union, on Saturday, May 19, the ceremony will be live streamed on the Royal Family’s official YouTube channel.

The live stream will follow the wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Windsor Castle, and wedding day happenings along the way. Afterwards, the footage will be reshown so that people can enjoy this wonderful event no matter their location or time zone.

Whether you’re from Blighty or anywhere else on the globe, all eyes will be on St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle this Saturday to see this next chapter of royal history.


Start making your business more accessible using Primer

Category: Google | May 17, 2018

Over one billion people in the world have some form of disability.

That’s why we make accessibility a core consideration when we develop new products—from concept to launch and beyond. It’s good for users and good for business: building products that don’t consider a diverse range of needs could mean missing a substantial group of potential users and customers.

But impairments and disabilities are as varied as people themselves. For designers, developers, marketers or small business owners, making your products and designs more accessible might seem like a daunting task. How can you make sure you’re being more inclusive? Where do you start?

Today, Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we’re launching a new suite of resources to help creators, marketers, and designers answer those questions and build more inclusive products and designs.

The first step is learning about accessibility. Simply start by downloading the Google Primer app and search “accessibility.” You’ll find five-minute lessons that help you better understand accessibility, and learn practical tips to start making your own business, products and designs more accessible – like key design principles for building a more accessible website. You may even discover that addressing accessibility issues can improve the user experience for everyone. For instance, closed captions can make your videos accessible to more people whether they have a hearing impairment or are sitting in a crowded room.

Primer app

Next, visit the Google Accessibility page and discover free tools that can help you make your site or app more accessible for more people. The Android Developers site also contains a wide range of suggestions to help you improve the accessibility of your app.

We hope these resources will help you join us in designing and building for a more inclusive future. After all, an accessible web and world is a better one—both for people and for business.


Meet Sara Blevins: mom, Tennessean, and developer

Category: Google | May 17, 2018

Last October as part of Grow with Google, we announced the Google Developer Scholarship Challenge—a joint effort with Udacity to help people across the U.S. unlock new jobs, new businesses, and new possibilities. The program provided scholarships to tens of thousands of learners across the U.S. to help them strengthen their mobile and web developer skills through curriculum designed with experts from Google and Udacity. This April, 5,000 of the top performers from the initial program also received scholarships toward a six-month Nanodegree program hosted on Udacity.

Sara Blevins is one of these talented individuals, who will complete the Front-End Web Developer Nanodegree program later this year. Last week, we invited Sara and some of her fellow scholars to attend Google I/O as special guests. We caught up with her to find out what I/O was like and what advice she has for other individuals looking to start a new career as a developer.

1. You went to I/O this past week! Tell us about that.

The joy and awe I experienced was overwhelming, it welled up to the point where I couldn’t control it. Google to me isn’t a company, it’s the door in the back of the wardrobe that leads to Narnia. It’s the embodiment of the idea that an open, free, diverse, progressive, inclusive world isn’t too lofty a goal, it’s a reality we can all create together.

2. Raising kids, working a job, and further improving your web development skills as part of this developer scholarship all take a lot of hard work and time. Where do you find your motivation to keep going?

For me, it isn’t that I need to stay motivated, it’s that I’m finally free and the question is, how do I remember that I need to sleep, eat, and relax. For most of my life, I’ve felt like a stallion that couldn’t run, an eagle that couldn’t fly, or a dolphin that couldn’t swim. Now, my cage door has been opened and I’m going to move forward as fast as life will permit me. I see wonder all around me, in even the simplest of things. I now have the ability to meaningfully contribute to that wonder.

3. You’ve talked about being told by others in the past that “it isn’t feminine” to be in science, technology, or math. What would you tell those same people today if they saw what you’re doing now?

In the words of the monk who changed my life, “I open the door of my heart to you.” I understand the social conditioning that implanted that perspective in your mind. I also reject that conditioning, entirely. Now, watch me.

4. What’s one habit that makes you successful?

Anyone who knows me and has for any length of time knows that I play the long game. I’ve been called obsessed and I embrace that—I wear it as a badge of honor.

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    Meeting up with other scholars and the Udacity and Google teams

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    Sara keeping energized at I/O

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    Front row seats at the Women Techmakers panel

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    Watching Sundar present from the main stage

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    Shoreline decked out for attendees

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    Soaking in some sun at Shoreline Amphitheatre

5. What do you want to get better at?

Right now my next goal is to find someone who’s good with Github and beg them to help me understand how to use it correctly. Aside from that, my primary objective for now is to put in the hours it takes to become an expert at web development. It may sound lofty, but I’d like to be so good at it, and combine it with my natural creative abilities to the point where clients come to me or where when you think web development, you think of my name. I don’t dream small…

6. What advice do you have for others who are starting their journeys to becoming developers?

Embrace fear, self-doubt, discomfort, frustration, and failures. Not just embrace, but hold them close to your heart, nurture them and allow them to be yours. Because they are gifts, the most precious gifts life has to give; in those places are where we grow, push beyond what we are, and learn what we are capable of. This is hard—be harder.

7. Out of everything that happened this week, what new stories, knowledge, or perspectives do you think you’ll carry home with you?

The open sharing of ideas, thoughts, perspectives, and gifts is the height of what we humans can aspire to in my opinion; at I/O, that’s what I witnessed in marvelous abundance. I was especially struck by the diversity and the drive to improve the human experience that seemed to the common threads running through the event. That spirit is now forever locked inside me, I feel renewed toward my overall goal of being a voice for women in tech.

8. And what are you looking forward to most about being back home?

The arms of my babies… I can’t wait to show them the pictures, videos, and answer questions. I tell them as much as possible that if they are brave enough to be people who bring value to the world through their talents, actions, and thoughts, that they can literally create their own reality. I will push myself to my very limits to be the kind of person my babies can look up to. Also, I’m legit going to curl into the fetal position and sob uncontrollably if I don’t get to play my Xbox immediately.


Tour Creator: an easy way for businesses to create and share their own VR tours

Category: Google | May 16, 2018

Imagine touring a hotel before you book it, seeing the inside of your new office before your first day of orientation, or previewing an apartment before ever stepping foot inside. VR takes you places and lets you experience things that are otherwise too far away, expensive or even impossible to do in the real world. And now Tour Creator, which we launched last week at Google I/O, enables businesses to make their own VR experiences to reach both customers and employees.

Tour Creator was inspired by Google Expeditions, which has brought 3 million students and teachers around the world on virtual reality field trips. We quickly realized that virtual tours could extend far beyond the classroom into the fields of journalism, real estate, professional training and more.

Here are some of the ways businesses have been using Tour Creator through our beta program:

  • Moinian Group, a real estate company, is providing previews of their luxury apartments: “We’re always looking for easy ways for people to explore our offerings. Tour Creator has given us the ability to virtually allow an individual to immerse themselves in our spaces without physically seeing it,” says Michael Mignosi, Director of Marketing.

  • Time Out New York is bringing readers into the thick of the story: “Tour Creator is super useful for journalists because it creates an experience that is a lot more interactive and immersive than video or print by itself would be,” says Delia Barth, Content Producer.

  • Spectrum Designs, a nonprofit organization that employs adults with autism, is using Tour Creator to train new staff. Says Tim Howe, their COO: “An individual with autism can be very sensitive to sights and sounds. With Tour Creator, we can show them exactly what to expect their first day on the job.”

Tour Creator: Create VR Tours

All of these organizations have found it easy to create their own tour.  With Tour Creator you can use your own 360 photos, or if you’d prefer, you can choose an image from Google Street View’s extensive library.  It’s super easy to share your tour once you’re done by posting it to Poly, Google’s library of 3D content. Anyone can experience it with just a URL, so you can embed the Tour to your company’s website and your users can view through the browser or through a Google Cardboard to be immersed into the content.

To get more info or get started with your first tour, visit We’re looking forward to seeing how VR tours help your business!


Beyond Silicon Valley: Supporting entrepreneurs everywhere

Category: Google | May 16, 2018

Ashlee Ammons and her mother Kerry Schrader are the founders of Mixtroz, an app that alleviates the awkwardness of networking events by connecting attendees at mixers based on their interests. Two years ago, the mother-daughter duo left their corporate careers and embarked on their first entrepreneurial venture, building their tech company at a startup accelerator in Birmingham, AL.

According to Ashlee, the journey has been incredibly rewarding—but it hasn’t been easy. The two have shared a bed most of this year in order to save money for their business. But last week, Ashlee and Kerry took a huge step forward when they secured a $100,000 investment from AOL Founder Steve Case during the Rise of the Rest pitch competition in Birmingham. They plan to use their new funding to grow their team and build out their technology. Most certainly, they’ll be buying a new bed.

Ashlee and Kerry with Rooster McConaughey and Devon Laney at Birmingham’s Innovation Depot

Ashlee and Kerry with Rooster McConaughey and Devon Laney at Birmingham’s Innovation Depot

Since 2014, the Rise of the Rest tour has traveled to 38 communities outside of Silicon Valley and New York, where startup communities are gathering momentum and building great technologies. Each stop of the tour includes visits with leading startups and ecosystem builders to better understand what helps and hinders founders in that community, followed by a pitch competition for local entrepreneurs to raise funding.

Rise of the Rest is a member of the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network, a collection of tech hubs, accelerators, and programs to help entrepreneurs create economic opportunity for everyone. From Detroit’s Grand Circus to Durham’s American Underground, we provide financial support and Google resources to startup communities that equip and nurture entrepreneurs. As part of this effort, this year Google for Entrepreneurs was proud to send graphic designers and coaches to help prepare entrepreneurs like Ashlee to deliver their pitch to Rise of the Rest investors and partners.

In 2017, startups in the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network created 3,017 jobs in the U.S.—up 50 percent from 2016, and they raised $300 million in funding.

In our work with startup teams around the U.S. and the world, we see that the desire to work hard and build a better way to do something knows no geographical bounds. We also know that when founders are successful, not only do they build great products for users, they also improve  their local economies. Last year, startups in the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network created 3,017 jobs in the U.S.—up 50 percent from 2016. They also raised more than $300 million in funding in 2017 alone.

Entrepreneurs like Ashlee and Kerry are making great ideas a reality around the country, and we’re proud to support them as they build the next generation of technology that pushes our world forward.


Google Wifi’s Network Check now tests multiple device connections

Category: Google | May 15, 2018

Wi-Fi is a necessity for tons of connected devices in our homes. And when it isn’t working the way you expect, it can be a bit of a black box to troubleshoot. Google Wifi’s Network Check technology has always let you measure the speed of your internet connection and the quality of the network connection between your Google Wifi access points (if you have more than one). But what about that new smart TV in the bedroom that’s constantly buffering? Or your outdoor security camera with a flaky connection?

Starting today, we’re rolling out a new feature to Google Wifi that lets you measure how each individual device is performing on your Wi-Fi network. Knowing Wi-Fi coverage is poor in an area of your home can help you pinpoint the exact bottleneck when you notice a connectivity slowdown. Then, you’ll know to move your Google Wifi point closer to that device or even move the device itself for a stronger connection.

Network Check update

In the past month alone, we saw an average of 18 connected devices on each Google Wifi network, globally. With so many devices on your network, we want to make sure you have a way to know each device has the best connection possible, and that your home Wi-Fi is doing its job.

This update to our Network Check technology will be available in the coming weeks to all Google Wifi users around the world—just open the Google Wifi app to get started. Dead zones be gone!


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