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Say hello to Google Allo: a smarter messaging app
September 21, 2016
Whether it’s planning a night out or just catching up, we all rely on messaging to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. But too often we have to hit pause on our conversations — whether it’s to check the status of a flight or look up that new restaurant. So we created a messaging app that helps you keep your conversation going, by providing assistance when you need it.
Today, we’re releasing Google Allo, a new smart messaging app for Android and iOS that helps you say more and do more right in your chats. Google Allo can help you make plans, find information, and express yourself more easily in chat. And the more you use it, the more it improves over time.
Respond quickly with Smart Reply
Google Allo makes it easier for you to respond quickly and keep the conversation going, even when you’re on the go. With Smart Reply, you can respond to messages with just a tap, so you can send a quick “yup” in response to a friend asking “Are you on your way?” Smart Reply will also suggest responses for photos. If your friend sends you a photo of their pet, you might see Smart Reply suggestions like “aww cute!” And whether you’re a “haha” or “
” kind of person, Smart Reply will improve over time and adjust to your style. For our Indian users we have smart reply suggestions in Hinglish too.
Express yourself with photos, emojis and stickers
Chat is more than just text, so we’ve created a rich canvas for you to express yourself in Google Allo. You can make emojis and text larger or smaller in size by simply dragging the “send” button up or down. Make photos your own by scribbling on them before you send. And we’ve worked with independent artists and studios around the world to create more than 25 custom sticker packs, including over 200 plus stickers that users in India can relate to, because sometimes a “Party to Banti hai” or “Badhai ho” says it all.
Meet your personal Google Assistant
In Google Allo you’ll also be introduced to a preview edition of the
. With your Assistant in Allo, you can have a conversation with Google — ask it questions and let it help you get things done directly in your chats. You no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, share your favorite YouTube video, or pick a dinner spot. Just type @google to bring your Assistant into any group chat. And of course, you can also chat one-one-one with your Assistant in Allo.
Here are just a
few ways your Google Assistant can help in Google Allo:
Make plans with friends.
You can easily move from discussing dinner with friends to making plans for the night, right in your chat. Just add the Assistant to your group chat and ask for movie times, local restaurants and more. You can also research travel destinations, flights and hotels together with friends.
. Get the latest info on everything from news, weather, traffic, sports, or your upcoming flights status. Ask the Assistant to send you daily updates on the information you care about.
Have some fun.
Ask your Assistant to share that funny YouTube video or play games with friends right in your group chat -- for instance you can compete to guess a movie title based on a series of emojis.
The Google Assistant is the next chapter in a journey Google has been on for many years to assist people in their everyday lives. We’re starting with a preview edition to show you just one way that your Assistant will work for you in chat. Over the coming months, your Assistant will be available in more Google products, working seamlessly throughout your day at home or on the go. The Assistant will initially be available in English, with more languages coming soon.
Chat in Incognito mode
We take privacy and security seriously in Google Allo. All chats in Google Allo are encrypted using industry standard technologies like
Transport Layer Security
(TLS). But we went a step beyond this and we created a mode within Google Allo called
. When you chat in Incognito mode, messages have end-to-end encryption and additional privacy features like discreet notifications and message expiration.
You can also message friends who aren’t yet using Google Allo through
or, for those using Android,
app preview messages
We can’t wait for you to say hello to Google Allo! We’re beginning to roll out Google Allo for
, and the app will be available worldwide in the next few days.
Posted by Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager, Google
An extinct world brought back to life with Google Arts & Culture
September 13, 2016
Many millions of years ago, dinosaurs ruled the Earth and sea dragons were not just Hollywood creations, but fearsome predators that stalked the oceans. It’s a world that vanished long ago, but one that continues to fascinate those seeking to understand the origins of life on our planet.
To allow anyone, anywhere to explore this world, we’ve partnered with more than 50 of the leading natural history institutions and scientists, including the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in India, to bring this lost world to life again online. From today, you’ll be able to browse through more than 150 interactive stories, 300,000 new photos and videos and more than 30 virtual tours on Google Arts & Culture, exploring the beautiful, the dangerous and the endangered.
With just a few clicks on
Google Arts & Culture
, you can come face to face with a 180 million year old giant, as virtual reality raises the colossal sea dragon from extinction.
Discovered in Dorset in the UK and residing at London’s Natural History Museum, the
— to give it its formal name — can now be explored in 360 degrees. We also used VR to bring the
back to life in Berlin’s natural history museum. Standing at 13 meters (42 feet), it’s one of the tallest dinosaurs that ever lived. It was twice as tall as today’s giraffes, and could easily put its head through a fourth floor window.
We worked with ecologists, paleontologists and biologists, to put virtual skin and flesh on the preserved skeletons. From the size of the eye to the position of the snout and the bend of the neck, the texture and creases of the skin were all painstakingly recreated, and verified by a team of scientists. For the best experience, use a viewer like Google Cardboard to look the beast in the eye.
In addition to the VR experiences, we’ve added plenty more artifacts and features for experts and armchair explorers alike:
Explore how the
has inspired Indian artists over the years and their exotic creations for their royal patrons in India including the “
”, a gun powder flask made of ivory carved in the shape of a leaping antelope escaping its hunters.
View the rare specimens of the
Great Indian Hornbill
and other rare and endangered fauna of the Indian Subcontinent
Turn back time by 4.6 billion years with the help of the Natural History Museum by
scrolling through the history
of life from the origins of the solar system, through the rise and the fall of prehistoric worlds.
he giant sloth jaw
that led Darwin to his groundbreaking theory of natural selection.
Explore the diversity of nature from the
and learn from birds about the
art of flirting
View 3,000 species on display in
one giant cabinet
or find out how our own predecessors may have
With Street View, walk around dinosaurs in New York, explore 30+ natural history museums from to
and even go underwater with turtles in
to discover the story of Martha, the last passenger pigeon.
The free collection opens today at
and through the
Google Arts & Culture mobile app on
And if you are a teacher, there are more than 20 new
waiting for you and your classroom to discover. We hope you enjoy this journey through the history of nature as much as we do.
Posted by Simon Rein, Program Manager, Google Cultural Institute
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Introducing the Winners and Class of 2016 of the YouTube NextUp, Mumbai
September 8, 2016
that YouTube NextUp was back in action in India. Over the last couple of weeks, some of India’s most exciting creative talent sent us their entries for
, a contest which aims to discover the next generation of YouTube stars.
The entries we received came from multiple cities spanning the country from Kanyakumari in southernmost tip, Assam in the far east, and Jamnagar in the west to name a few. The array of content genres was just as diverse, including regional comedy, tech, food, visual effects, animation, vlogs, fashion and beauty, gaming and music, in as many as six different languages. This truly speaks volumes about the diversity of YouTube creators in India, and we can’t wait to see what else our creators will come out with next.
We’re excited to announce the Class of 2016 for our YouTube NextUp Mumbai.
The winners, in no particular order, are as follows:
The Kroonerz Project
Shitty Ideas Trending
Kantriguyz - Hyderabadi Comedy Videos
Crazy For Indian Food
Teddy and Timmy Nursery Rhymes And Kids Songs
Ride with Rahul
The Comedy Factory
NextUp winners get to be a part of a weeklong Creator Camp at
YouTube Space Mumbai
from September 19 to September 23, 2016 where they will team up with production experts to learn about and perfect their camera work, lighting, sound, and writing skills. They’ll also get to hear from some of the country’s top creators about their journeys on YouTube and explore possibilities of doing collaboration with other fast-rising creators in the program.
Winners also receive some cool prizes such as a voucher worth US$2,500 for production gear, channel strategy consultations, and invites to exclusive events.
Kudos folks! We can’t wait to see you at the Space.
Posted by Rajant Meshram, YouTube Online Partnerships Lead, Google Asia Pacific, recently watched
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Doodle 4 Google is back! Show the world what you can teach
September 6, 2016
Today we’re kicking off the 2016
Doodle 4 Google
contest where creative and curious students across India compete to take over the Google homepage for a day with their artwork, inspired by the theme
“If I could teach anyone anything, it would be...”
We’re inviting students from class 1 to 10 to draw a doodle to let us know what you believe has the potential to bring positive change to a person’s life, or what you think might help make the world a better place. This could be anything from teaching cool tech innovations to your grandparents, the importance of obeying traffic rules for your city, or teaching valuable life lessons to others. Let your imagination run wild and let that help power our future!
In the seven years that we’ve hosted Doodle 4 Google, we’ve received some incredible illustrations. Visit our
gallery of doodles
to check them out. Past themes have included “
If I could create something for India, it would be…
” to “
My dream for India is...
, nine-year-old P Karthik from Visakhapatnam won the contest with his imaginative, thoughtful and inspiring doodle entitled “
Plastic to Earth Machine
”. It illustrates his vision for India, where plastic waste is recycled into material that helps mother nature flourish.
The 2015 Doodle 4 Google winner was 9-year-old P Karthik from Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Visakhapatnam,
with his artwork entitled “Plastic to Earth Machine”.
If you’re looking for inspiration or
information about participating in Doodle 4 Google 2016, visit our new contest website:
. Taking part is easy: just
download the form
, come up with an idea, doodle it, and submit it to us before midnight on
October 21, 2016.
Twelve finalists will be selected by our
esteemed jury members
and will be invited to spend “A Day at Google”, where you’ll get to experience the best of Google’s culture at one of our offices. The best doodle will then be featured on our Google India homepage on Children’s Day on November 14, 2016, for all of India to see.
Posted by Sapna Chadha, Head of Marketing, Google India
Android 7.0 Nougat: a more powerful OS, made for you
August 26, 2016
Today, we’ll begin rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to Nexus devices. And with more ways to make Android your own, it’s by far our sweetest release yet.
We took a different approach to building and launching Nougat this year. For starters, we invited developers to take a sneak peek at Android N back in March, so they could bring their apps to the new platform earlier. And of course we asked you to help us come up with names for this year’s release, resulting in lots of great ideas, and a
back in June.
Android Nougat reflects input from thousands of fans and developers all over the world. There are over 250 major features in Android Nougat, but we wanted to highlight a few of the features you’ve been most excited about.
Providing more ways to customize your phone to fit your personality is kind of a big deal, and Android has been leading the way since day one (Homescreen widgets, anyone?). With Android Nougat, you’ll have even more ways to make your phone your own, including:
Expanded emoji: There are now over 1,500 different emoji built into Android, including 72 new ones, so go ahead: express yourself.
Quick Settings controls: Quick Settings gives you easy access to things like bluetooth, WiFi and the all-important flashlight. With Android Nougat, you can actually control what tiles go where, and move ‘em around to fit your needs.
Multi-locale support: Apps can tailor their content based on your locale settings. So if you speak multiple languages, for instance, then search engines can show results in each of those languages.
Expanded emoji and Quick setting controls
Whether you’re responding to work emails or making plans with friends, Android Nougat helps you multitask with ease with new features like Multi-window, Direct reply, and Quick switch.
Multi-window: Run two apps side-by-side. The windows are resizable, too, by simply dragging the divider.
Direct Reply: Reply directly to notifications without having to open any app.
Quick Switch: Switch between your two most recently used apps by simply double tapping the Overview button.
Starting with the release of Android Marshmallow last year, we have been making the battery smarter. That’s why we made the Doze feature even dozier with Android Nougat. Your device can now drop into lower power usage when it’s getting jostled around in your pocket or bag while on the move.*
Android Nougat is designed with immersive experiences in mind—including support for VulkanTM (an advanced 3D rendering API) and Daydream (Google’s platform for mobile virtual reality).
VulkanTM: Games will now leap to life thanks to high-speed, next-generation graphics — all powered by your device’s multi-core processor.
Daydream: Android Nougat is ready to transport you to virtual worlds with Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers — all coming later this year.
As always, Android is built with powerful layers of security and encryption to keep your private data private. For new devices coming this fall, we’ve also added new features like Seamless updates, File-based encryption and and Direct Boot.
Seamless updates: New Android devices with Nougat can install software updates in the background which means you won't have to wait while your device installs the update and optimizes all your apps for the new version. And for current Nexus users, software updates now install much faster, so you won't have to wait for minutes while your device reboots.
File-based encryption: Android Nougat can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.
Direct Boot: Direct Boot helps your device startup faster, and apps run securely even before you unlock your device when your device reboots.
And for those of you who also want to use your Android device at work, there are also new security features for using Android in enterprise, which you can learn more about on the
Android for Work website
Coming soon, to a device near you
Today, and over the next several weeks, the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) will get an over the air software update** to Android 7.0 Nougat. Any devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.
And there are many tasty devices coming from our partners running Android Nougat, including the upcoming
which will be the first new smartphone that ships with Android Nougat, right out of the box. You can learn even more about Android Nougat at
Posted by Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android & Google Play
*Hey, just a reminder that actual battery performance varies and will depend on a number factors including signal strength, network configuration, battery age, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns.
**The Nexus and Pixel C update to Android 7.0 Nougat occurs in stages and some carriers will receive the update later than others. This update will be pushed simultaneously to devices in the Android Beta Program.
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