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Google Maps can be your travel guide this summer

Category: Google | May 23, 2017

The unofficial kick-off to summer is just around the corner. To give you some travel planning inspiration this year, we looked at historical Google Maps data to find the top trending places of the season throughout the U.S. Follow our summer lists below to head to the hot spots or avoid the crowds–the choice is yours. Already know where you’re going? Then create your own lists and share them with friends via your favorite messaging and social apps.

Drinks with a view

When the weather is warm, bars with outdoor patios, views of the water, rooftops, and creative cocktails draw the biggest crowds. This summer bars list is NYC-heavy so if you’re thinking about the Big Apple this summer–this one’s for you.

Education + entertainment = edutainment

Who says learning isn’t fun? Definitely not summer travelers. Whether you’re a parent trying to infuse education into summer break or a young adult squeezing in some culture between beach days, our edutainment list highlights the museums, aquariums, and zoos you can’t miss.

Summer grubbin’

Seeing the sights can work up an appetite and there’s an obvious formula for what makes a restaurant a good summer choice–seafood and waterfront seating (and bonus points if it’s an iconic location). Our restaurants list covers eateries from fast casual to seafood buffets to pizzerias that are sure to satisfy your appetite wherever you are.

Surf’s up

Summer isn’t complete until you’ve walked through the sand, soaked up the sun, and waded in the surf. This list of trending summer beaches includes the sandy shores of the Pacific, Atlantic and even the Great Lakes.

Places to go and things to see are only half of the summer equation–the company we keep is the other (maybe even better) half. This summer it’s easy to meet up with friends while on the go using Location Sharing in Google Maps. Here are a few more Google Maps features to help you navigate your summer without any headaches.

  • Save an area of the map for use while offline. Just download the region to your offline maps so when you don’t have Wi-Fi or ample data, you can still search for places, get directions, and use turn-by-turn navigation.

  • Reviews on Google Maps are automatically translated into your preferred language so when you’re looking for the perfect tapas place or sake bar, you can choose a spot with confidence when traveling internationally.

  • Know whether parking will be hard to find wherever you go with parking difficulty icons, and save where you parked on the map so you never forget where you left your car.

Take Google Maps with you this summer to find places to go and things to see, meet up with friends, and get where you’re going.

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Android Pay says "Привет" to Russia

Category: Google | May 23, 2017

Stepping out for groceries or an afternoon coffee? You’ll no longer need to bring anything more than your phone. Starting today, Android Pay is available in Russia – which means you’ll be able to enjoy a simpler and more secure way to pay across all 11 time zones.

Android Pay lets you check out quickly and easily in some of your favorite stores and apps – gone are the days of fumbling for credit cards and counting cash. Get the Android Pay app from Google Play and add your eligible card to get started. When you’re ready to pay, just hold your phone near the payment terminal and wait for the checkmark to appear. You can also add all your loyalty cards to Android Pay so they’re easily accessible.

Where can I use Android Pay?

Whether you’re fueling your car, grabbing coffee with breakfast, buying groceries, or going to the cinema, you can use Android Pay anywhere that accepts contactless payments –just look for either of these logos when you’re ready to pay.

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Thousands of your favorite places already accept Android Pay, including Magnit, Perekrestok, Starbucks, KFC and Rosneft. And with your loyalty cards saved in the Android Pay app, there’s no need to carry them around anymore.

Select Merchants that accept Android Pay

Shopping in apps like Lamoda, OneTwoTrip, or Rambler-Kassa? Breeze through checkout with Android Pay. You’ll no longer have to enter your payment details every time –look for the Android Pay button and you can pay with a single tap. Here some of the apps that accept Android Pay now, with more coming soon!

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And if you’re an online merchant, we’ve teamed up with several processors to make it even easier for you to accept Android Pay in your apps and sites. Visit the Android Pay API developer site to learn more.

Russian Processors

Getting started

To start using Android Pay, download the Android Pay app from Google Play. You’ll need to have Android KitKat 4.4 or higher on your phone. Then, add an eligible Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card from a supported bank, such as AK BARS, Alfa-Bank, B&N Bank, MTS Bank, Otkritie, Promsvyazbank, Raiffeisen Bank, Rocketbank, Russian Standard Bank, Russian Agricultural Bank, Sberbank, Tinkoff Bank, Tochka, VTB24 or Yandex.Money. Don’t see your bank on the list? Don’t worry. We’re always adding new partners, and we’ll let you know as soon as new banks come on board.

Android Pay Russian Featured Banks

If you already have the Raiffeisen Bank, Sberbank, or Tinkoff Bank mobile apps, you can enable Android Pay from those banking apps without having to download Android Pay. Just tap the “Add to Android Pay” button to enable your card in Android Pay without entering your card information.

Because Android Pay doesn’t share your actual credit or debit card number with stores, it’s safer than using a plastic card. If your phone is ever lost or stolen, you can use Find My Device to instantly lock your phone from anywhere, secure it with a new password, or wipe it clean of your personal information.

Ready to use Android Pay in stores? You’ll need to make sure your phone supports NFC. Thousands of phones do – and we’ve created a guide to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

Russia OEMs

We’re thrilled to name Russia as our 11th country to adopt Android Pay, and we hope it’ll make your everyday purchases faster, easier, and a little more fun. Get the app now to enjoy the benefits of effortless checkout in apps, online, and at all your favorite places.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/MBo1k5rVXZ8/

Android Pay says "Привет" to Russia

Category: Google | May 23, 2017

Stepping out for groceries or an afternoon coffee? You’ll no longer need to bring anything more than your phone. Starting today, Android Pay is available in Russia – which means you’ll be able to enjoy a simpler and more secure way to pay across all 11 time zones.

Android Pay lets you check out quickly and easily in some of your favorite stores and apps – gone are the days of fumbling for credit cards and counting cash. Get the Android Pay app from Google Play and add your eligible card to get started. When you’re ready to pay, just hold your phone near the payment terminal and wait for the checkmark to appear. You can also add all your loyalty cards to Android Pay so they’re easily accessible.

Where can I use Android Pay?

Whether you’re fueling your car, grabbing coffee with breakfast, buying groceries, or going to the cinema, you can use Android Pay anywhere that accepts contactless payments –just look for either of these logos when you’re ready to pay.

Android Pay NFC

Thousands of your favorite places already accept Android Pay, including Magnit, Perekrestok, Starbucks, KFC and Rosneft. And with your loyalty cards saved in the Android Pay app, there’s no need to carry them around anymore.

Select Merchants that accept Android Pay

Shopping in apps like Lamoda, OneTwoTrip, or Rambler-Kassa? Breeze through checkout with Android Pay. You’ll no longer have to enter your payment details every time –look for the Android Pay button and you can pay with a single tap. Here some of the apps that accept Android Pay now, with more coming soon!

RU_in app

And if you’re an online merchant, we’ve teamed up with several processors to make it even easier for you to accept Android Pay in your apps and sites. Visit the Android Pay API developer site to learn more.

Russian Processors

Getting started

To start using Android Pay, download the Android Pay app from Google Play. You’ll need to have Android KitKat 4.4 or higher on your phone. Then, add an eligible Visa or Mastercard credit or debit card from a supported bank, such as AK BARS, Alfa-Bank, B&N Bank, MTS Bank, Otkritie, Promsvyazbank, Raiffeisen Bank, Rocketbank, Russian Standard Bank, Russian Agricultural Bank, Sberbank, Tinkoff Bank, Tochka, VTB24 or Yandex.Money. Don’t see your bank on the list? Don’t worry. We’re always adding new partners, and we’ll let you know as soon as new banks come on board.

Android Pay Russian Featured Banks

If you already have the Raiffeisen Bank, Sberbank, or Tinkoff Bank mobile apps, you can enable Android Pay from those banking apps without having to download Android Pay. Just tap the “Add to Android Pay” button to enable your card in Android Pay without entering your card information.

Because Android Pay doesn’t share your actual credit or debit card number with stores, it’s safer than using a plastic card. If your phone is ever lost or stolen, you can use Find My Device to instantly lock your phone from anywhere, secure it with a new password, or wipe it clean of your personal information.

Ready to use Android Pay in stores? You’ll need to make sure your phone supports NFC. Thousands of phones do – and we’ve created a guide to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

Russia OEMs

We’re thrilled to name Russia as our 11th country to adopt Android Pay, and we hope it’ll make your everyday purchases faster, easier, and a little more fun. Get the app now to enjoy the benefits of effortless checkout in apps, online, and at all your favorite places.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/C-v4-sQDpgI/

Empowering a new generation of localization professionals

Category: Google | May 22, 2017

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 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.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/XmzhJWRVTOA/

Empowering a new generation of localization professionals

Category: Google | May 22, 2017

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.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/8rIPrFtEBJo/

Introducing Searching for Syria, a project made in partnership with UNHCR

Category: Google | May 22, 2017

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.

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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.

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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

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The High Five: It’s a Beautiful Day to romp around

Category: Google | May 19, 2017

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.

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All 101 announcements from Google I/O ‘17

Category: Google | May 19, 2017

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.

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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.

AI, ML and Cloud

24. With the addition of Smart Reply to Gmail on Android and iOS, we’re using machine learning to make responding to emails easier for more than a billion Gmail users.
25. New Cloud TPUs—the second generation of our custom hardware built specifically for machine learning—are optimized for training ML models as well as running them, and will be available in the Google Compute Engine.
26. And to speed up the pace of open machine-learning research, we’re introducing the TensorFlow Research Cloud, a cluster of 1,000 Cloud TPUs available for free to top researchers.
27. Google for Jobs is our initiative to use our products to help people find work, using machine learning. Through Google Search and the Cloud Jobs API, we’re committed to helping companies connect with potential employees and job seekers with available opportunities.
28. The Google Cloud Jobs API is helping customers like Johnson & Johnson recruit the best candidates. Only months after launching, they’ve found that job seekers are 18 percent more likely to apply on its career page now they are using Cloud Jobs API.
29. With Google.ai, we’re pulling all our AI initiatives together to put more powerful computing tools and research in the hands of researchers, developers and companies. We’ve already seen promising research in the fields of pathology and DNA research.
30. We must go deeper. AutoML uses neural nets to design neural nets, potentially cutting down the time-intensive process of setting up an AI system, and helping non-experts build AI for their particular needs.
31. We’ve partnered with world-class medical researchers to explore how machine learning could help improve care for patients, avoid costly incidents and save lives.
32. We introduced a new Google Cloud Platform service called Google Cloud IoT Core, which makes it easy for Google Cloud customers to gain business insights through secure device connections to our rich data and analytics tools.

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33. We first launched Google Photos two years ago, and now it has more than 500 million monthly users.
34. Every day more than 1.2 billion photos and videos are uploaded to Google Photos.
35. Soon Google Photos will give you sharing suggestions by selecting the right photos, and suggesting who you should send them to based on who was in them
36. Shared libraries will let you effortlessly share photos with a specific person. You can share your full photo library, or photos of certain people or from a certain date forward.
37. With photo books, once you select the photos, Google Photos can curate an album for you with all the best shots, which you can then print for $9.99 (20-page softcover) or $19.99 (20-page hardcover), in the U.S. for now.
38. Google Lens is coming to Photos later this year, so you’ll be able to look back on your photos to learn more or take action—like find more information about a painting from a photo you took in a museum.

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39. We reached 2 billion monthly active devices on Android!
40. Android O, coming later this year, is getting improvements to “vitals” like battery life and performance, and bringing more fluid experiences to your smaller screen, from improved notifications to autofill.
41. With picture-in-picture in Android O, you can do two tasks simultaneously, like checking your calendar while on a Duo video call.
42. Smart text selection in Android O improves copy and paste to recognize entities on the screen—like a complete address—so you can easily select text with a double tap, and even bring up an app like Maps to help navigate you there.
43. Our emoji are going through a major design refresh in Android O.
44. For developers, the first beta release of Android O is now available.
45. We introduced Google Play Protect—a set of security protections for Android that’s always on and automatically takes action to keep your data and device safe, so you don’t have to lift a finger.
46. The new Find My Device app helps you locate, ring, lock and erase your lost Android devices—phones, tablets, and even watches.
47. We previewed a new initiative aimed at getting computing into the hands of more people on entry-level Android devices. Internally called Android Go, it’s designed to be relevant for people who have limited data connectivity and speak multiple languages.
48. Android Auto is now supported by 300 car models, and Android Auto users have grown 10x since last year.
49. With partners in 70+ countries, we’re seeing 1 million new Android TV device activations every two months, doubling the number of users since last year.
50. We’ve refreshed the look and feel of the Android TV homescreen, making it easy for people to find, preview and watch content provided by apps.
51. With new partners like Emporio Armani, Movado and New Balance, Android Wear now powers almost 50 different watches.
52. We shared an early look at TensorFlow Lite, which is designed to help developers take advantage of machine learning to improve the user experience on Android.
53. As part of TensorFlow Lite, we’re working on a Neural Network API that TensorFlow can take advantage of to accelerate computation.
54. An incredible 82 billion apps were downloaded from Google Play in the last year.
55. We honored 12 Google Play Awards winners—apps and games that give their fans particularly delightful and memorable experiences.
56. We’re now previewing Android Studio 3.0, focused on speed and Android platform support.
57. We’re making Kotlin an officially supported programming language in Android, with the goal of making Android development faster and more fun.
58. And we’ll be collaborating with JetBrains, the creators of Kotlin, to move Kotlin into a nonprofit foundation.
59. Android Instant Apps are now open to all developers, so anyone can build and publish apps that can be run without requiring installation.
60. Thousands of developers from 60+ countries are now using Android Things to create connected devices that have easy access to services like the Google Assistant, TensorFlow and more.
61. Android Things will be fully released later this year.
62. Over the last year, the number of Google Play developers with more than 1 million installs grew 35 percent.
63. The number of people buying on Google Play grew by almost 30 percent this past year.
64. We’re updating the Google Play Console with new features to help developers improve your app’s performance and quality, and grow your business on Google Play.
65. We’re also adding a new subscriptions dashboard in the Play Console, bringing together data like new subscribers and churn so you can make better business decisions.
66. To make it easier and more fun for developers to write robust apps, we announced a guide to Android app architecture along with a preview of Architecture Components.  
67. We’re adding four new tools to the Complications API for Android Wear, to help give users more informative watch faces.
68. Also for Android Wear, we’re open sourcing some components in the Android Support Library.

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69. More Daydream-ready phones are coming soon, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, LG’s next flagship phone, and devices from Motorola and ASUS.
70. Today there are 150+ applications available for Daydream.
71. More than 2 million students have gone on virtual reality Expeditions using Google Cardboard, with more than 600 tours available.
72. We’re expanding Daydream to support standalone VR headsets, which don’t require a phone or PC. HTC VIVE and Lenovo are both working on devices, based on a Qualcomm reference design.
73. Standalone Daydream headsets will include WorldSense, a new technology based on Tango which enables the headset to track your precise movements in space, without any extra sensors.
74. The next smartphone with Tango technology will be the ASUS ZenFone AR, available this summer.
75. We worked with the Google Maps team to create a new Visual Positioning Service (VPS) for developers, which helps devices quickly and accurately understand their location indoors.
76. We’re bringing AR to the classroom with Expeditions AR, launching with a Pioneer Program this fall.
77. We previewed Euphrates, the latest release of Daydream, which will let you capture what you’re seeing and cast your virtual world right onto the screen in your living room, coming later this year.
78. A new tool for VR developers, Instant Preview, lets developers make changes on a computer and see them reflected on a headset in seconds, not minutes.
79. Seurat is a new technology that makes it possible to render high-fidelity scenes on mobile VR headsets in real time. Somebody warn Cameron Frye.
80. We’re releasing an experimental build of Chromium with an augmented reality API, to help bring AR to the web.

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81. Soon you’ll be able to watch and control 360-degree YouTube videos and live streams on your TV, and use your game controller or remote to pan around an immersive experience.
82. Super Chat lets fans interact directly with YouTube creators during live streams by purchasing highlighted chat messages that stay pinned to the top of the chat window. We previewed a developer integration that showed how the Super Chat API can be used to trigger actions in the real world—such as turning the lights on and off in a creator’s apartment.
83. A new feature in the YouTube VR app will soon let people watch and discuss videos together.

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84. We announced that we will make Fabric’s Crashlytics the primary crash reporting product in Firebase.
85.  We’re bringing phone number authentication to Firebase, working closely with the Fabric Digits team, so your users can sign in to your apps with their phone numbers.
86. New Firebase Performance Monitoring will help diagnose issues resulting from poorly performing code or challenging network conditions.
87. We’ve improved Firebase Cloud Messaging.
88. For game developers, we’ve built Game Loop support & FPS monitoring into Test Lab for Android, allowing you to evaluate your game’s frame rate before you deploy.
89. We’ve taken some big steps to open source many of our Firebase SDKs on GitHub.
90. We’re expanding Firebase Hosting to integrate with Cloud Functions, letting you can do things like send a notification when a user signs up or automatically create thumbnails when an image is uploaded to Cloud Storage.
91. Developers interested in testing the cutting edge of our products can now sign up for a Firebase Alpha program.
92. We’re adding two new certifications for web developers, in addition to the Associate Android Developer Certification announced last year.
93. We opened an Early Access Program for Chatbase, a new analytics tool in API.ai that helps developers monitor the activity in their chatbots.
94. We’ve completely redesigned AdMob, which helps developers promote, measure and monetize mobile apps, with a new user flow and publisher controls.
95. AdMob is also now integrated with Google Analytics for Firebase, giving developers a complete picture of ads revenue, mediation revenue and in-app purchase revenue in one place.
96. With a new Google Payment API, developers can enable easy in-app or online payments for customers who already have credit and debit cards stored on Google properties.
97. We’re introducing new ways for merchants to engage and reward customers, including the new Card Linked Offers API.
98. We’re introducing a new options for ads placement through Universal App Campaigns to help users discover your apps in the Google Play Store.
99. An update to Smart Bidding strategies in Universal App Campaigns helps you gain high-value users of your apps—like players who level-up in your game or the loyal travelers who book several flights a month.
100. A new program, App Attribution Partners, integrates data into AdWords from seven third-party measurement providers so you can more easily find and take action on insights about how users engage with your app.
101. Firebase partnered up with Google Cloud to offer free storage for up to 10 gigabytes in BigQuery so you can quickly, easily and affordably run queries on it.

That’s all, folks! Thanks to everyone who joined us at I/O this year, whether in person, at an I/O Extended event or via the live stream. See you in 2018.

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Build with G Suite

Category: Google | May 19, 2017

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.

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2. Create seamless integrations with the G Suite APIs

Speaking 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.

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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 …

Category: Google | May 19, 2017

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 Indie

Games from indie developers that focus on artistic design, gameplay mechanics and overall polish.

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Mushroom 11 by Untame

Standout Startup

Apps from new developers that offer a unique experience while achieving strong organic install growth.

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HOOKED by Telepathic

Best Android Wear Experience

New wear 2.0 apps offering great design, user delight and functionality.

Best TV Experience

Apps or games built for the large-screen format to provide an  intuitive experience.

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Red Bull TV by Red Bull

Best VR Experience

Highly engaging and immersive experience with optimal use of Daydream UI.

Best AR Experience

Apps or games harnessing the creative and imaginative technology of AR.

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WOORLD by Funomena

Best App for Kids

Apps or games with family-friendly design that encourage creativity, exploration and education.

Best Multiplayer Game

Games built to connect gamers in competitive and engaging multiplayer experiences.

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Hearthstone by Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best App

A true representation of beautiful design, intuitive UX and high user appeal.

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Memrise by Memrise

Best Game

Games with strong mechanics, stellar graphics and strong engagement and retention tactics.

Best Accessibility Experience

Apps or games enabling device interaction to serve people with disabilities or special needs.

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IFTTT by IFTTT

Best Social Impact

Apps that create meaningful social impact for a broad spectrum of people around the world.

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ShareTheMeal by United Nations

Check out this year’s winners and the other finalists across each of the categories at g.co/play/gpa2017.

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