7 ways Google Lens can help during the holidays

This holiday season, your phone’s camera can do more than just capture your favorite moments. Whether you’re jet-setting off to a new place, brainstorming gift ideas, or learning a family holiday recipe, here are 7 ways Google Lens can help: 

Get style recommendations

If you’re in need of style inspiration for your holiday festivities, look no further. Point Lens at a piece of clothing, like a dress or jacket, to get style ideas from across the web. Lens will show you how others are wearing—and pairing—similar pieces so you can make the most of your closet over the season. 

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Get style inspiration

Find gifts in a snap

Do you like something you see in the real world? Use Lens to identify products similar to it. You can even sort by prices to help you get the best deal. Just remember to ask before taking a photo of a random person’s shoes.

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Find similar items

Track your packages

Gift shopping can be fun, but it can also be difficult to keep track of all your orders and be assured that they’ll arrive in time. Point Lens at a tracking number to quickly see the delivery status of your package.

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Easily track packages

Make your camera your travel companion

If you’re taking a holiday trip where you don’t speak the local language, Lens can instantly translate the text in front of you, whether you’re looking at a menu or street sign. Point Lens at any text and it will automatically detect the language and overlay the translations right on top of the original worlds—in more than 100 languages.


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Quickly translate text

Don’t just snap food pics, get dish
recommendations too

When you’re out celebrating at a restaurant, Lens can help you decide what to order. Point your camera at a menu to see popular dishes highlighted. Tap on a dish to see what it actually looks like and what other customers are saying about it with photos and reviews from Google Maps.

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See popular menu items

Settle the bill with ease

Unless you’re playing credit card roulette, splitting the bill can be a pain. With Lens, you can easily figure out everyone’s share of the tab or calculate the tip by pointing your camera at the receipt.

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Split the tab

Copy and paste written text

If you don’t want to-do lists scattered everywhere, Lens makes it easy to copy handwritten or printed text directly to your phone. Whether you’re scanning a grocery list, a gift card code, a family recipe, or even a long Wi-Fi password you don’t want to manually enter, use Lens to copy it to your device.

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Copy text to your device

To check out these features, download the Google Lens app on the Play Store or the Google app on the App Store. You can also find Lens in your Google Assistant or Google Photos. 

We hope these Lens tips provide you with new, fun ways to use your smartphone camera this holiday season and throughout the year.


Season of Docs Announces Results of 2019 Program

Season of Docs has announced the 2019 program results for standard-length projects. You can view a list of successfully completed technical writing projects on the website along with their final project reports.

During the program, technical writers spent a few months working closely with an open source community. They brought their technical writing expertise to improve the project's documentation while the open source projects provided mentors to introduce the technical writers to open source tools, workflows, and the project's technology.

The technical writers and their mentors did a fantastic job with the inaugural year of Season of Docs! Participants represented countries across all continents except for Antarctica! 36 technical writers out of 41 successfully completed their standard-length technical writing projects, and there are eight long-running projects in progress that are expected to finish in February.

  • 91.7% of the mentors had a positive experience and want to mentor again in future Season of Docs cycles
  • 88% of the technical writers had a positive experience
  • 96% plan to continue contributing to open source projects
  • 100% of the technical writers said that Season of Docs helped improved their knowledge of code and/or open source

Technical writing projects ranged from beginners' guides and tutorials to API and reference documentation; all of which benefited a diverse set of open source projects that included programming languages, software, compiler infrastructure, operating systems, software libraries, hardware, science, healthcare, and more. Take a look at the list of successful projects to see the wide range of subjects covered!

What is next?

The long-running projects are still in progress and finish in February 2020. Technical writers participating in these long-running projects submit their project reports by Feb. 25, and the writer and mentor evaluations are due by Feb. 28. Successfully completed long-running technical writing projects are then published on the results page on March 6, 2020.

If you were excited about participating, please do write social media posts. See the promotion and press page for images and other promotional materials you can include, and be sure to use the tag #SeasonOfDocs when promoting your ideas on social media. To include the tech writing and open source communities, add #WriteTheDocs, #techcomm, #TechnicalWriting, and #OpenSource to your posts.

Stay tuned for information about Season of Docs 2020—watch for posts in this blog and sign up for the announcements email list.

By Andrew Chen, Google Open Source and Sarah Maddox, Cloud Docs

Bring Hash Code to your university this February

Calling all student leaders! Want to host a fun, technical event for developers at your university this February? Maybe we can help.
Hash Code is Google’s team programming competition and is back for another year of challenging developers to tackle engineering challenges inspired by real Google products and problems. Previous challenges have ranged from optimizing video streaming on YouTube to scheduling rides for self-driving cars. The 2020 Online Qualification Round will take place on February 20. From there, top teams will be invited to Google Ireland in April to face off in the Final Round.

How can you get involved? Registration to compete in Hash Code opens in early January, but you can sign up to organize a hub at g.co/hashcode right now! You might be wondering...what exactly is a hub? Hubs are volunteer-organized meetups where teams from the same university, office, or programming club can come together to compete in the Online Qualification Round. Last year, more than 700 hubs were organized by developer communities around the world!
Why host a hub at your university?
  1. Hubs add extra excitement to the competition. We’ll create a separate scoreboard for your hub, so your hub’s teams can see how they stack up against each other. You can also tune in to the Hash Code livestream from your hub and listen together as the challenge is shared and the results are announced.
  2. Hubs are a great way to connect with other developers. Hash Code offers technical Google content that is suitable for developers of all skill levels. Whether you’re looking to grow a developer community at your university, or run an event for a well-established Computer Science club or society, there is something for everyone in a Hash Code challenge (see all past challenges here).
  3. Fun! Sure Hash Code is a competition, but it’s also about having fun...and what’s more fun than tackling a challenge alongside friends?


Learn more and apply to host a hub today at g.co/hashcode. We’ll see you again in early January when we open registration.

How a college student became a planet hunter

I didn't grow up thinking I was going to be an astronomer. There wasn’t a moment when I looked up at the moon and realized my destiny. I grew up loving math and science and in college, I gradually discovered that I loved learning everything I could about stars and planets. When I started studying and doing research in astronomy, I felt like I was given secrets about the universe.

During my junior year, I took a class on planets. My professor was away for a week, so we had a guest lecturer come in. That’s when I met Andrew Vanderburg and heard about his work with former Google engineer Chris Shallue (he recently left to pursue his PhD at Harvard in astrophysics). A few years ago, Andrew and Chris built an AI system with TensorFlow that sifted through the approximately 14 billion data points captured from NASA’s Kepler mission. In doing so, they discovered two new planets: Kepler 80g and Kepler 90i. 

When I walked into that classroom, I couldn't have imagined that it would lead to the discovery of two new planets. 

When I started, I had zero experience with machine learning. I had no idea what a neural network was or how I could build one. I learned everything as I went along using YouTube tutorials and TensorFlow and collaborating with incredible people. Using TensorFlow, I built a way to look through space telescope data and identify signs that planets could be around those stars. By the end of the summer, my neural network was successful and could recognize planets we already knew about, and discover new ones.

I discovered two new planets, but I also created a method that makes it possible for people to find many more. (If you want to learn how to hunt for planets, you can read my tutorial). Accessible technologies and open-source data allowed me to do this work, and because of that, it’s never been easier to discover not only planets, but also other mysteries of the universe. The possibilities for what we might find are endless.

Safer conversations in Messages with Verified SMS and Spam Protection

In addition to enhancing messaging on Android with Rich Communication Services (RCS)  and bringing you helpful features with Messages, we also want to provide a safer messaging experience. Today we have two new updates to share on that front.


Trustworthy business messages with Verified SMS


SMS messages help businesses share useful information with consumers, things like one-time passwords, account alerts or appointment confirmations. Yet sometimes it can be difficult to trust the identity of these messages, which are often sent from a random number. Some messages may even come from bad actors pretending to be from businesses you trust and ask for private information or link to dangerous websites—this is called phishing.


Verified SMS for Messages, rolling out today in a number of countries, will help you confirm the true identity of the business that’s texting you. The feature works by verifying, on a per-message basis, that content is sent by a specific business. When a message is verified—which is done without sending your messages to Google—you’ll see the business name and logo as well as a verification badge in the message thread. 


1-800-Flowers, Banco Bradesco, Kayak, Payback, and SoFi are among the first brands to send messages with Verified SMS. Google Pay India and verification codes from Google will also be enrolled in Verified SMS. And more businesses are signing up to use Verified SMS every day.

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Verified SMS is rolling out gradually on Messages in nine countries, starting in the U.S., India, Mexico, Brazil, the U.K., France, Philippines, Spain and Canada, with more to come. Verified SMS is just one of our efforts to improve your messages with businesses; we also continue to work on enhancing the chats you have on Messages with Rich Business Messaging (RBM).


Real-time spam detection 


In addition to verifying the businesses sending you messages, we are working on protecting you from spam in Messages. 


With Spam protection for Messages, we warn you of suspected spam and unsafe websites we’ve detected. If you see a suspected spam warning in Messages you can help us improve our spam models by letting us know if it’s spam or not. You can also report spam texts in Messages at anytime, and block the conversation so you won’t receive future messages.

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Spam protection, which works with your message data while keeping your messages private, has been available over the past year in a number of countries and is now rolling out broadly in the U.S. 

Screen surfers, unite: 2019 TV and movie Search trends

Whether you get your entertainment in the theater or on the couch, Year in Search captured the movies and TV shows that we couldn’t stop watching—and searching. 

A variety of categories that kept us glued to screens everywhere. For more, you can explore the global and country-specific lists here.

Movies

The big screen felt even bigger this year thanks to the release of several blockbuster films that made us laugh, cry and crave adventure. Here are the top trending movies in the U.S. this year. 


Action and Adventure

  1. Avengers Endgame

  2. Captain Marvel

  3. Aquaman

  4. John Wick 3

  5. Dark Phoenix

  6. Spider Man Far From Home

  7. Midway

  8. Bumblebee

  9. Hobbs and Shaw

  10. Alita Battle Angel

Comedies

  1. Isn't It Romantic

  2. Little

  3. Playing with Fire

  4. Good Boys

  5. Jojo Rabbit

  6. Booksmart

  7. Fighting with my Family

  8. Zombieland 2

  9. Blinded by the Light

  10. Late Night

Dramas

  1. Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

  2. Hustlers

  3. Green Book

  4. The Upside

  5. Rocketman

  6. Bohemian Rhapsody

  7. Brightburn

  8. Breakthrough

  9. The Mule

  10. Ad Astra

Family 

  1. Toy Story 4

  2. Lion King

  3. Frozen 2

  4. Aladdin

  5. Detective Pikachu

  6. Descendants 3

  7. Dragon Ball Super Broly

  8. The Art of Racing in the Rain

  9. Dumbo

  10. Missing Link

Thrillers

  1. Joker

  2. IT Chapter Two

  3. Midsommar

  4. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

  5. Us

  6. Pet Sematary

  7. Glass

  8. The Intruder 

  9. Crawl

  10. Cold Pursuit

Romance 

  1. Five Feet Apart

  2. Last Christmas

  3. A Star is Born

  4. What Men Want

  5. After

  6. Second Act

  7. Downton Abbey

  8. The Sun is also a Star

  9. Always Be My Maybe

  10. If Beale Street Could Talk

TV Shows 

What shows kept you on the couch this year? New TV series like “Euphoria” and returning favorites like “Game of Thrones” had us staying in and binge-watching. Here are the top trending TV shows across several genres in the U.S.


Comedies 

  1. Dead to Me

  2. The Boys

  3. Rick and Morty Season 4

  4. Victorious

  5. Fleabag

Dramas 

  1. When They See Us

  2. Chernobyl

  3. Euphoria

  4. Surviving R. Kelly

  5. Russian Doll

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  1. Game of Thrones

  2. Strangers Things

  3. The Mandalorian

  4. Umbrella Academy

  5. Carnival Row

Reality TV 

  1. Jeopardy

  2. Paradise Hotel

  3. Temptation Island

  4. Double Shot at Love

  5. Dog the Bounty Hunter

Source: Search


Screen surfers, unite: 2019 TV and movie Search trends

Whether you get your entertainment in the theater or on the couch, Year in Search captured the movies and TV shows that we couldn’t stop watching—and searching. 

A variety of categories that kept us glued to screens everywhere. For more, you can explore the global and country-specific lists here.

Movies

The big screen felt even bigger this year thanks to the release of several blockbuster films that made us laugh, cry and crave adventure. Here are the top trending movies in the U.S. this year. 


Action and Adventure

  1. Avengers Endgame

  2. Captain Marvel

  3. Aquaman

  4. John Wick 3

  5. Dark Phoenix

  6. Spider Man Far From Home

  7. Midway

  8. Bumblebee

  9. Hobbs and Shaw

  10. Alita Battle Angel

Comedies

  1. Isn't It Romantic

  2. Little

  3. Playing with Fire

  4. Good Boys

  5. Jojo Rabbit

  6. Booksmart

  7. Fighting with my Family

  8. Zombieland 2

  9. Blinded by the Light

  10. Late Night

Dramas

  1. Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

  2. Hustlers

  3. Green Book

  4. The Upside

  5. Rocketman

  6. Bohemian Rhapsody

  7. Brightburn

  8. Breakthrough

  9. The Mule

  10. Ad Astra

Family 

  1. Toy Story 4

  2. Lion King

  3. Frozen 2

  4. Aladdin

  5. Detective Pikachu

  6. Descendants 3

  7. Dragon Ball Super Broly

  8. The Art of Racing in the Rain

  9. Dumbo

  10. Missing Link

Thrillers

  1. Joker

  2. IT Chapter Two

  3. Midsommar

  4. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

  5. Us

  6. Pet Sematary

  7. Glass

  8. The Intruder 

  9. Crawl

  10. Cold Pursuit

Romance 

  1. Five Feet Apart

  2. Last Christmas

  3. A Star is Born

  4. What Men Want

  5. After

  6. Second Act

  7. Downton Abbey

  8. The Sun is also a Star

  9. Always Be My Maybe

  10. If Beale Street Could Talk

TV Shows 

What shows kept you on the couch this year? New TV series like “Euphoria” and returning favorites like “Game of Thrones” had us staying in and binge-watching. Here are the top trending TV shows across several genres in the U.S.


Comedies 

  1. Dead to Me

  2. The Boys

  3. Rick and Morty Season 4

  4. Victorious

  5. Fleabag

Dramas 

  1. When They See Us

  2. Chernobyl

  3. Euphoria

  4. Surviving R. Kelly

  5. Russian Doll

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  1. Game of Thrones

  2. Strangers Things

  3. The Mandalorian

  4. Umbrella Academy

  5. Carnival Row

Reality TV 

  1. Jeopardy

  2. Paradise Hotel

  3. Temptation Island

  4. Double Shot at Love

  5. Dog the Bounty Hunter

Source: Search


Searching for style: trending fashion searches in 2019

Searching for fashion inspiration never goes out of style, and in 2019, people were busy investigating all the latest trends. For our annual Year in Search, we looked not only at the people, places and moments that made the year unique, but also the style icons and lewks that set 2019 apart.

Check out some of your favorite searches for celebs, red carpet get-ups, signature styles and fashion how-tos that trended this year.

Top Trending Celeb “Style” Searches

  1. Billie Eilish

  2. Audrey Hepburn

  3. Ariana Grande

  4. Kylie Jenner

  5. Amal Clooney

  6. Shia LaBeouf

  7. Cam Newton

Top Trending “Style” Searches

  1. Camp 

  2. E Girl

  3. E Boy

  4. Steampunk

  5. Harajuku

  6. Preppy

  7. Yankii

  8. Vintage

  9. VSCO

  10. Emo

Top Trending Red Carpet Searches

  1. Billy Porter

  2. Cardi B

  3. Lady Gaga

  4. Amy Schumer husband

  5. Jenny McCarthy

  6. BTS Grammy

  7. Caitlyn Jenner

  8. Richard Madden Golden Globes

  9. Brie Larson

  10. Brienne of Tarth

Top Trending “How to wear” Searches

  1. How to wear a beret

  2. How to wear a flannel

  3. How to wear duck boots

  4. How to wear an infinity scarf

  5. How to wear booties with jeans

  6. How to wear suspenders

  7. How to wear beanies

  8. How to wear a jean jacket

  9. How to wear a fanny pack

  10. How to wear a headband

Top Trending Female Celeb Looks

  1. Tana Mongeau Coachella outfit
  2. Serena Williams outfit
  3. Cardi B Grammy outfit
  4. Katy Perry Ursula outfit
  5. Josie Canseco outfit
  6. Cardi B yellow outfit
  7. Miley Cyrus Coachella outfit
  8. Kelly Clarkson outfit on The Voice
  9. Billie Eilish outfit
  10. Beyonce Formation outfit

Top Trending Male Celeb Looks 

  1. Cam Newton outfit
  2. Gardner Minshew outfit
  3. Lil Wayne outfit
  4. Devin Bush outfit
  5. The Rock fanny pack outfit
  6. James Charles Coachella outfit
  7. James Charles Met Gala outfit
  8. Drake Million Dollar outfit
  9. Brad Calipari outfit 

Here’s to closing out 2019 in style, and looking (fashion-)forward to 2020.

Source: Search


Searching for style: trending fashion searches in 2019

Searching for fashion inspiration never goes out of style, and in 2019, people were busy investigating all the latest trends. For our annual Year in Search, we looked not only at the people, places and moments that made the year unique, but also the style icons and lewks that set 2019 apart.

Check out some of your favorite searches for celebs, red carpet get-ups, signature styles and fashion how-tos that trended this year.

Top Trending Celeb “Style” Searches

  1. Billie Eilish

  2. Audrey Hepburn

  3. Ariana Grande

  4. Kylie Jenner

  5. Amal Clooney

  6. Shia LaBeouf

  7. Cam Newton

Top Trending “Style” Searches

  1. Camp 

  2. E Girl

  3. E Boy

  4. Steampunk

  5. Harajuku

  6. Preppy

  7. Yankii

  8. Vintage

  9. VSCO

  10. Emo

Top Trending Red Carpet Searches

  1. Billy Porter

  2. Cardi B

  3. Lady Gaga

  4. Amy Schumer husband

  5. Jenny McCarthy

  6. BTS Grammy

  7. Caitlyn Jenner

  8. Richard Madden Golden Globes

  9. Brie Larson

  10. Brienne of Tarth

Top Trending “How to wear” Searches

  1. How to wear a beret

  2. How to wear a flannel

  3. How to wear duck boots

  4. How to wear an infinity scarf

  5. How to wear booties with jeans

  6. How to wear suspenders

  7. How to wear beanies

  8. How to wear a jean jacket

  9. How to wear a fanny pack

  10. How to wear a headband

Top Trending Female Celeb Looks

  1. Tana Mongeau Coachella outfit
  2. Serena Williams outfit
  3. Cardi B Grammy outfit
  4. Katy Perry Ursula outfit
  5. Josie Canseco outfit
  6. Cardi B yellow outfit
  7. Miley Cyrus Coachella outfit
  8. Kelly Clarkson outfit on The Voice
  9. Billie Eilish outfit
  10. Beyonce Formation outfit

Top Trending Male Celeb Looks 

  1. Cam Newton outfit
  2. Gardner Minshew outfit
  3. Lil Wayne outfit
  4. Devin Bush outfit
  5. The Rock fanny pack outfit
  6. James Charles Coachella outfit
  7. James Charles Met Gala outfit
  8. Drake Million Dollar outfit
  9. Brad Calipari outfit 

Here’s to closing out 2019 in style, and looking (fashion-)forward to 2020.

Source: Search