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Miss a call—but not the moment—with video messages on Google Duo

Category: Google | Mar 7, 2018

Sometimes, your mom isn’t free for a video call at the moment you’re trying to show off your culinary masterpiece. The same goes when you’re trying to catch your best friend to rave about your favorite basketball team’s recent win. But even if they miss your call, you shouldn’t lose the opportunity to show them what you were calling about. Beginning today on Google Duo, you can leave a video message when the person you’re calling can’t pick up.

Duo video messages

If the person you’re calling declines or misses your call, you can record up to 30 seconds of a video (or voice) message. Once you’re happy with your message, you can send it to your friend or family member, who will receive it in the Duo app. To play a video message you’ve received from someone, simply tap their icon. And after you’ve watched their video message, you can tap the “Call now” button to easily call that person right back. Video messages automatically disappear within a day after you first watch them, but you can always save your favorites locally to your phone. Learn more about how video messages work here.

With video messages on Google Duo, you can capture and share your important moments, even when friends and family can’t take your call. And like all calls made on Duo, video messages are secure and end-to-end encrypted. Video messages begin rolling out on Android and iOS today, and will be live worldwide over the next several days.


Machine learning meets culture

Category: Google | Mar 7, 2018

Whether helpingphysicians identify disease orfinding photos of “hugs,” AI is behind a lot of the work we do at Google. And at our Arts & Culture Lab in Paris, we’ve been experimenting with how AI can be used for the benefit of culture. Today, we’re sharing our latest experiments—prototypes that build on seven years of work in partnership the 1,500 cultural institutions around the world. Each of these experimental applications runs AI algorithms in the background to let you unearth cultural connections hidden in archives—and even find artworks that match your home decor.

Art Palette

From interior design to fashion, color plays a fundamental role in expression, communicating personality, mood and emotion. Art Palette lets you choose a color palette, and using a combination of computer vision algorithms, it matches artworks from cultural institutions from around the world with your selected hues. See how Van Gogh’s Irises share a connection of color with a 16th century Iranian folio and Monet’s water lilies. You can also snap a photo of your outfit today or your home decor and can click through to learn about the history behind the artworks that match your colors.

Watch how legendary fashion designer, Sir Paul Smith uses Art Palette:

The art of color: Paul Smith experiences Art Palette #GoogleArts

Giving historic photos a new lease on LIFE

Beginning in 1936, LIFE Magazine captured some of the most iconic moments of the 20th century. In its 70-year-run, millions of photos were shot for the magazine, but only 5 percent of them were published at the time. 4 million of those photos are now available for anyone to look through. But with an archive that stretches 6,000 feet (about 1,800 meters) across three warehouses, where would you start exploring? The experiment LIFE Tags uses Google’s computer vision algorithm to scan, analyze and tag all the photos from the magazine’s archives, from the A-line dress to the zeppelin. Using thousands of automatically created labels, the tool turns this unparalleled record of recent history and culture into an interactive web of visuals everyone can explore. So whether you’re looking for astronauts, an Afghan Hound or babies making funny faces, you can navigate the LIFE Magazine picture archive and find them with the press of a button.

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Identifying MoMA artworks through machine learning

Starting with their first exhibition in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art in New York took photos of their exhibitions. While the photos documented important chapters of modern art, they lacked information about the works in them. To identify the art in the photos, one would have had to comb through 30,000 photos—a task that would take months even for the trained eye. The tool built in collaboration with MoMA did the work of automatically identifying artworks—27,000 of them—and helped turn this repository of photos into an interactive archive of MoMA’s exhibitions.

Identifying art through machine learning with the MoMA #GoogleArts

We unveiled our first set of experiments that used AI to aid cultural discoveries in 2016. Since then we’ve collaborated with institutions and artists, including stage designer Es Devlin, who created an installation for the Serpentine Galleries in London that uses machine learning to generate poetry.  We hope these experimental applications will not only lead you to explore something new, but also shape our conversations around the future of technology, its potential as an aid for discovery and creativity.

You can try all our experiments at or through the free Google Arts & Culture app for iOS and Android.


Find out how journalists across the world use technology today

Category: Google | Mar 6, 2018

How do journalists use technology around the world? A new interactive explorer produced by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Google News Lab makes it easy to dig into a wealth of new survey data from hundreds of newsrooms worldwide.

Aimed at gauging how well journalists are keeping pace with the tech revolution, the  survey report garnered responses from more than 2,000 newsroom managers and journalists across 130 countries.

The data explorer allows you sift through this unprecedented dataset and surface new findings that shed light on trends in your region and around the world. You can filter by variables such as job position and newsroom type, as well as download the aggregated, anonymized survey data for further analysis.

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With the explorer, you can get the answers to general questions around technology usage across the globe and even really specific questions, such as:

  • Which tools are reporters in Sub-Saharan Africa using to reach and interact with their audiences?
  • What types of training are most valued by news editors in Latin America and the Caribbean?
  • How are newsroom employees in Eurasia/the former USSR securing their data – and how does that compare to those in North America?

ICFJ partnered with Google News Lab, design studio Polygraph and University of Miami’s Knight Chair Alberto Cairo to build the data visualization tool using findings from its State of Technology in Global Newsrooms study, the first-ever global survey of the adoption of technology by the news media.

Check out the data explorer, and see highlights from the survey on Medium.


Bringing new languages from around the world to Gboard for Android

Category: Google | Mar 6, 2018

From the busy city streets of India to the remote islands of Samoa, Gboard helps people all over the world get their point across—whether that’s through a spot-on GIF, a cute emoji or a regular text. We’re always working to improve Gboard for people wherever they are, no matter which language they’re typing in.

Today, we’re bringing Chinese (both traditional and simplified Chinese) and Korean—plus twenty additional languages—to Gboard for Android. We heard from our users that these were the top two languages we needed to add to the keyboard, and now, Gboard for Android supports over 300 language varieties (covering 74% of the world’s population). You can see the full list of supported languages here, and the new ones will be rolling out worldwide over the next few days.

Gboard Chinese

Though today’s update includes some of the world’s most widely-spoken languages, we’re equally focused on making sure lesser-known languages, like Manx and Maori, are represented in the keyboard. Often, incorporating new languages leads us to meet people we might have never known—like brothers Abdoulaye and Ibrahima Barry, who we recently worked with to bring the Fulani alphabet, Adlam, to Gboard. Though Fulani has been spoken in Africa for hundreds of years, the language didn’t have its own written alphabet until these brothers invented one twenty-six years ago in Guinea. Because Adlam wasn’t on Gboard, it was difficult for native speakers to represent the true sounds of their language when they were typing. To fix this, we worked alongside Abdoulaye and Ibrahima to design and test an Adlam layout in the keyboard. We ultimately settled upon the layout that is live on Gboard today. (To learn more about the story behind the Barry brothers’ inspiring work, check out their Talk at Google, a talk from Google’s speaker series.)


Each new language helps more people express themselves with their keyboard, and we’re thankful to the thousands of linguists and native speakers around the globe who help us bring new languages to Gboard. We’ve been lucky to meet new people—like Abdoulaye and Ibrahima—along the way. There are still many people to meet and languages to discover, so our work won’t end here.


It’s Street View after all: Disney Parks come to Google Maps

Category: Google | Mar 6, 2018

We’re all about new fantastic points of view. Today Street View is going the distance, from California to Florida, to make Disney part of your world. Be our guest at 11 Disney Parks, and with Street View, anything your heart desires will come to you—castles, rides, attractions to infinity and beyond.


Getting more done with Search on iOS

Category: Google | Mar 5, 2018

Whether you’re messaging a friend about dinner plans or reading an article on sloths, sometimes you want to search for more information without having to drop what you’re doing. Today, we’re introducing three new features to the Google app on iPhone and iPad to help you find what you need and get things done, without disrupting your flow.

Search Google and share, right from iMessage

The Google app for iOS now supports an iMessage extension to help you search and share GIFs, restaurants and videos, whenever you’re messaging a friend. You can tap on the icon for “Food” or “Nearby” to share your favorite locations, or perform a search and share a card directly into the conversation. Want to research a new restaurant before sharing it with friends? Just tap on the restaurant card, and we’ll take you to the Google Search page, where you can look up the busiest times, as well as menus and reviews. Switch to GIF Search mode, and you can find and share a “happy birthday” GIF.

If you already have the Google app on your device, no additional installation is required. Just open iMessage, tap the iMessage apps drawer, and tap on Google app icon.

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Discover and explore from any webpage in Safari

Last year, we added a new way to discover related content while browsing in the Google app for iOS. Now we’re bringing that capability to any browser on your iPhone, including Safari. If you share a webpage with Google, we’ll show you suggestions for related content so you can learn more about the topic–no need to type anything new into the search box. Reading up on how to grill fish? With two taps, you can jump straight to tips for keeping fish from sticking to the grill, info on the best fish for grilling, or delicious recipes. Simply tap on the Search Google icon from the share menu to start exploring.

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Drag and drop to search, save, or share on iPad

On iOS 11, you can now drag and drop to quickly and easily move text, images and links to and from the Google app. If you’re reading a great article on the Google app, tap and hold to pick up the link and drag it into iMessage to share with a friend, or into Notes to save for later.

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Support for the iMessage extension is only available in the U.S. at this time, but we look forward to expanding to more languages and locales soon. To try these new search features, make sure you have the latest version of the Google app.


Google Play celebrates women who change the game

Category: Google | Mar 5, 2018

In honor of International Women’s Day, Google Play is celebrating women who inspire us. Starting this week in the Play Store, you’ll see collections of games and apps made by female developers from around the world as well as books, movies and TV shows featuring strong female protagonists.

Change the playing field with these games made by women

Google Play launched Change the Game last fall to empower and celebrate women players and creators—making mobile gaming for everyone. We’ll highlight these popular games made by women, including 80 Days, Zen Koi 2, Race for the Galaxy and Kami 2. On March 8, we’ll also partner with top YouTube creators OMGItsFireFoxx, CyberNova, Gloom and Rosanna Pansino who will share videos telling personal stories on how they got into gaming.

Meet the women behind some of Google Play’s best apps

Melanie Perkins, Founder of Canva, wanted to make design software easier for everyone. Ida Tin, CEO of female health app Period Tracker Clue, wanted to help women monitor their health. Get to know these women and other female visionaries behind popular apps and games like Kitchen Stories, CastBox, Simple Habit, Cuponeria – Cupons de desconto, Abjjad, Homage and many more. Learn about how they got their start and the challenges they faced along the way.

Get inspired by these strong female protagonists

We’re also showcasing hundreds of books, movies and TV shows as well as games  featuring our favorite female leads like Lara Croft GO and Layton’s Mystery Journey, best-selling books “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Brave,” female-directed films “Wonder Woman” and “Frida,” and popular TV series like “Girls” and “Call The Midwife.”

There are so many women out there who inspire us—from our app and game developers to leading ladies on the screen—and Google Play is a place for them to shine not only on International Women’s Day, but every day. Stop by the Play Store and check out their great work!


How Chrome Enterprise is helping healthcare companies provide better patient experiences

Category: Google | Mar 5, 2018

As Robert Reiss recently said in Forbes, “the only constant in healthcare is change.” The digital landscape in healthcare is no exception. While patient needs are increasing, pressures to keep costs down have mounted. On the technology front, stories about data breaches dominate the headlines. And yet the industry has come to increasingly realize it must use IT as a facilitator to deliver more and better care at a lower cost. For many organizations, the solution has been to move more workloads from traditional systems to the cloud.

One way many organizations have addressed this opportunity has been through the adoption of Chrome Enterprise and Chrome devices. Because it can be faster, more secure and integrated with critical virtualization solutions, Chrome OS has seen rapid adoption in the healthcare sector. Organizations like Middlesex Hospital and Chapters Health System are using Chrome Enterprise to provide a secure, future-proof entry point to the cloud, connecting their staff to data-driven systems so they can focus on what’s most important—delivering great patient care.

Bringing Chrome OS to healthcare organizations

From secure, self-service kiosks to shared nurse workstations, there are many ways Chrome OS can offer better experiences for staff, visitors and patients alike. And with a variety of formats and price points, Chrome devices have the flexibility to fit a broad range of use cases. Here are a few things the healthcare industry can do with Chrome Enterprise:

  • Free up staff from fixed workstations: By deploying Chromebooks, staff gets easy access to apps and virtualized clinical software no matter where they are. This access means they can spend less time at a desk and more time helping patients and providing excellent care.

  • Connected operations: Improving operational efficiency and making training more accessible with shared Chrome devices and cloud-based resources provides cost efficiencies for IT without compromising quality or data security.

  • Give patients more control: Self-serve kiosks with easy to manage digital signage can keep patients informed of appointment status or next steps in real-time.

Learn more about Chrome OS at HIMSS

This week at the HIMSS Health IT Conference, we’ll be on hand to chat about our latest Chrome Enterprise solutions and technology partnerships, including a new collaboration between Healthcast, Citrix and Chrome OS that aims to provide a more secure and economical approach to data access.

QwickACCESS for Chrome devices, Healthcast’s unique proximity badge functionality, empowers healthcare professionals with a secure sign-on option that lets them quickly log in and out of devices with a simple tap of a proximity badge. The integration of QwickACCESS with Citrix XenDesktop provides staff with access to any electronic health record (EHR), non-EHR and legacy applications on Chrome OS using their proximity badge. This solution means staff can spend more time focused on patients, while IT leaders benefit from a system that improves security and compliance, reduces cost and contributes to a better patient experience.

Sridhar Mullapudi, VP of Product Management at Citrix, said of the new partnership: “In healthcare, we’re seeing rapid adoption of Chrome OS for its speed, security, simplicity and shareability, and for its tight integration with Citrix, the industry-leading virtual desktop solution in healthcare. By simplifying access management, the combination of Chrome OS, QwickACCESS and Citrix XenDesktop makes it easy to reduce productivity lags and resolve critical security and compliance issues.”

Expanding security in cloud entry points for healthcare

Since announcing Chrome OS’s expanded endpoint management and controls in August, we’ve been working with our partner VMware to broaden our joint offering. At HIMMS, we’ll show the healthcare industry how they can securely access sensitive data and apps using a Chrome OS device such as a Chromebook. VMware’s Digital Clinical Workspace and Point of Care solutions, powered by their Horizon virtual desktops and applications platform, offer continuous access to clinical desktops and point-of-care applications with the freedom to work from anywhere. You can read more in their blog post.

To learn more about Chrome’s Citrix and Healthcast partnership, VMware’s offerings on Chrome OS, or other ways to bring Chrome Enterprise to healthcare, visit the Google Chrome Enterprise booth at HIMSS at booth # 2829, Level 2, Zone 2 20×40, or view the Connected Healthcare page.


Google Cloud for Healthcare: new APIs, customers, partners and security updates

Category: Google | Mar 5, 2018

Google Cloud’s goal for healthcare is very much a reflection of Google’s overall mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Applying this mission to healthcare means using open standards to help enable data sharing and interactive collaboration, while also providing a secure platform. Just imagine if all healthcare providers could easily, securely and instantaneously collaborate while caring for you. Ultimately, we hope that better flow of data will inspire new discoveries with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), leading to insights that improve patient outcomes.

This week at HIMSS we’re showcasing our progress toward serving this mission through our Google Cloud Platform (GCP), G Suite and Chrome solutions, our work with customers and partners, and our focus on compliance and security.

Unlocking data with the new Cloud Healthcare API

We’ve recently launched the new Cloud Healthcare API, which addresses the significant interoperability challenges in healthcare data. The new API provides a robust, scalable infrastructure solution to ingest and manage key healthcare data types—including HL7, FHIR and DICOM—and lets our customers use that data for analytics and machine learning in the cloud.  

As part of our early access launch, we’re already working with a group of customers and partners, including the team at the Stanford School of Medicine. Here’s what Somalee Datta, Ph.D., Stanford School of Medicine Director of Research IT, had to say about our work together:

“Open standards are critical to healthcare interoperability as well as for enabling biomedical research. We have been using the Google Cloud Genomics API for a long time and are very excited to see Google Cloud expanding its offerings to include the new Cloud Healthcare API. The ability to combine interoperability with Google Cloud’s scalable analytics will have a transformative impact on our research community.”

Our goal with the Cloud Healthcare API is to help transform the healthcare industry through the use of cloud technologies and machine learning. Healthcare is increasingly moving to the cloud, and the adoption of machine learning will allow the industry to unlock insights that can lead to significant clinical improvements for patients. The Cloud Healthcare API is currently available in an early access release, but over the next year, we plan to roll it out to more customers and partners—let us know if you’re interested.  

In addition to the the Cloud Healthcare API, we have a long history of supporting open APIs directly on GCP. Our Cloud Genomics API has provided an implementation of the Global Alliance for Genomics & Health APIs for many years now. Through an API-first approach, we can help healthcare enterprises simplify data interoperability by providing a strong foundation with cloud infrastructure and services. For example, Apigee enables healthcare enterprises to manage and deploy FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) APIs on top of their existing electronic health record systems.  

How our healthcare customers are using Google Cloud

Beyond our work on APIs, our approach is to give healthcare customers the tools they need to accelerate projects in areas like population health, personalized medicine and clinical research. At HIMSS we’ll talk in more detail about how our customers are using Google Cloud. Here are a few examples:

M*Modal is working with Google Cloud to reinvent the experience of healthcare and mitigate widespread physician burnout. The collaboration leverages M*Modal’s success in adoption of its physician-assistive, AI-based solutions with Google Cloud’s expertise in AI at scale to align innovation with market needs. M*Modal solutions deliver AI-powered, real-time contextual understanding and more enhanced, actionable insights from clinical data to the doctor directly at the point of care.

Lahey Health is making the move to G Suite for its many benefits, including innovation, scalability, collaboration, security and productivity. From the security perspective, they chose G Suite for our team of dedicated security professionals, malware scanning for early detection of global campaigns, and secure end-to-end infrastructure that has built-in protections across many layers.

The Chilean Health Ministry is using Google Cloud’s Apigee platform to provide a nationwide API-based connectivity to help ensure data, applications and services are easily, yet securely, available when and where needed. This connectivity helps secure access to patient information, regardless of whether it’s needed in one of Chile’s 1,000 remote medical facilities or in one of its connected health centers.

Cleveland Clinicis using Google Cloud’s Apigee platform to realize the full potential of their underlying electronic medical record through FHIR APIs. Using a secure, scalable and industry-grade API platform, Apigee allows Cleveland Clinic to enable, augment and extend functionality of their EHR. It’s also enabling them to run advanced analytics and ML-based predictive models, revealing insights to clinicians that help them deliver improved patient care.

Rush University Medical Center is also using Apigee to enhance many aspects of patient care and patient experience. They’re looking to optimize scheduling, identify excess costs, reduce emergency department wait times, reducing readmissions and identifying and predicting cybersecurity threats using Google Cloud’s capabilities in AI and ML.

Color is using Variant Transforms—a new open source tool we recently released that helps export genomic variants directly into BigQuery—to discover new capabilities for their cancer diagnostic service. When the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard first brought the GATK Best Practices pipeline to GCP in 2015, it was $45 to analyze a single genome. Since then, Broad has steadily brought down the cost to a little over $5 by optimizing its use of GCP, while maintaining (and even improving) the quality of the output, and has recently made this same pipeline—at the same cost—available to researchers around the world.

Middlesex Hospital and Chapters Health System are using Chrome to provide a secure, future-proof entry point to the cloud, connecting their staff to data-driven systems so they can focus on what’s most important: delivering great patient care.

How we’re working with partners

Partners are essential to the work we do with healthcare customers. Here are a few that we’re talking about at HIMSS:

Flex introduced BrightInsight, a secure, managed services platform running on GCP. BrightInsight aggregates data to deliver real-time intelligence and optimize the value of connected drug, device or combination products. It’s designed to support CE-marked and FDA-regulated medical devices, combination products and Software as a Medical Device requirements for pharmaceutical and medtech companies. Flex is partnering with Google Cloud to deliver insights with customizable analytics dashboards that take advantage of our advanced machine learning and AI capabilities.

Imagia is transforming the way researchers can investigate disease characterization, progression and treatment response.

To address the increased demand for genomics, Kanteron Systems has introduced telegenomics on GCP as an addition to its Precision Medicine Platform.

Client Outlook has integrated their eUnity medical imaging viewer with the new Cloud Healthcare API, enabling them to provide a seamless visualization experience for medical images stored on GCP.

WuXi NextCODE’s massively scalable genomics database management system and clinical and research applications will be available to all Google Cloud users later this year.

And, on the hardware front, with Chrome solutions and technology partnerships, we’re also announcing a new collaboration between Healthcast, Citrix and Chrome OS that aims to provide a more secure and economical approach to data access. In another example, using VMware’s Digital Clinical Workspace and Point of Care solutions with a Chromebook allows users to securely access sensitive data and apps.

How we’re focusing on security and compliance

We can’t talk about improving healthcare without addressing security and compliance. We’re continuing to expand HIPAA compliance coverage across G Suite and GCP. Today, we announced that Google App Engine and Cloud Machine Learning Engine are covered, joining more than two dozen other HIPAA-compliant GCP services, including Google Compute Engine, Google Cloud Storage and BigQuery.

Come by and say hello at HIMSS

There have been a lot of developments in our work in healthcare over the last year. We’re excited to be back at HIMSS and looking forward to working with everyone there. Stop by our booth and check out our sessions if you’re at HIMSS this week.


The High Five: give a dog a clone

Category: Google | Mar 2, 2018

This week, Barbra Streisand revealed that two of her canine companions are actually clones of her beloved dog Samantha, who died last year. People took to Search to find out “How much does it cost to clone a dog?” and “How does dog cloning work?” In fact, people unleashed their curiosity for “cloned dog” 1,900 percent more than “cloned sheep,” which was the first-ever cloned mammal. (Coincidentally, the sheep was named after another music legend in the news this week, Dolly Parton.)

Here’s a peek at a few other top searches from this week, with data from Google News Lab.

Weight in gold:Leading up to the Oscars this weekend, a top-searched question was “How much does an Oscar weigh?” (We’ll save you the search—it’s 8.5 pounds!). Margot Robbie leads searches for Lead Actress nominees, and Timothée Chalamet is most searched among the Lead Actor nominees. And before the ceremony, go back a few decades with the top-searched Oscar movies of all time.

Not so Golden:Search interest in “California quality of life” was searched 700 percent more than “California cost of living after “U.S. News and World Report” deemed California the state with the worst quality of life.

Listen to this: When Spotify filed to go public this week, search interest in Spotify IPO went up 4,800 percent and people want to know, “Where can I buy Spotify stock?” and “How to invest in Spotify.”

Reading 9 to 5:After donating  its 100 millionth book, search interest in Dolly Parton’s nonprofit “Imagination Library” went up by 270 percent. As a singer and philanthropist, Parton wears many hats—and her most-searched song is “Coat of Many Colors.”