Google’s Science Journal
app enables you to use the sensors in your mobile devices to perform science experiments. We believe anyone can be a scientist anywhere. Science doesn’t just happen in the classroom or lab—tools like Science Journal let you see how the world works with just your phone. From learning about sound and motion to discovering how atmospheric pressure works, Science Journal helps you understand and measure the world around you.
We’re extremely excited to announce that we’re open sourcing this powerful science tool. We know the heart of science is not just critical thinking, but also knowledge sharing, building on discoveries, and learning about the world. Have a student with a knack for building things? Do you want to learn how mobile applications are put together? Download our source code
, make changes and discoveries, and then deploy the newly-modified app to your own iOS device.
Why open source?
Inquiring minds are always asking, “How does this work?” With our open source app, there are many science and engineering topics to explore! For example, we use the Fast Fourier transform
in our iOS code
, but you may ask “how did you do that?” Because you can see our source code, you can discover-- not just that we used the Fast Fourier transform-- but how the algorithm works. We also make it possible to graph many sensor values in realtime and now you can see exactly how we’ve made that possible.
If you aren’t an iOS or Android engineer, don’t fret! You can even learn how apps are put together so you can build your own. Learning from, and making modifications to, open source code has helped countless Google engineers explore complicated topics and learn new skills.
Have you ever wished you could do something with Science Journal that it doesn’t currently do? Do you have an idea for building a new sensor and displaying its data in Science Journal? Maybe you’ve wanted to experiment with changing colors or fonts in the app, or even changing the Science Journal app icon to be a labrador with a lab coat? Now you can, by forking our repo
, making changes, and committing them in your fork!
If you think your changes are amazing and should be included in Google’s Science Journal App, read our contribution guide
. But if you want to keep your changes to yourself and your friends, well, that’s cool too! We’d love to see what you’ve built, so you can tweet at us @GScienceJournal
, or just use the #myScienceJournal hashtag on Twitter.
By Joshua Liebowitz, iOS Tech Lead
Last year, we launched the Google News Initiative (GNI) Asia Pacific Innovation Challenge
, aimed at strengthening our support of digital innovation and new business models in news organisations.
Through our work and partnership with publishers, it’s clear that reader revenue is key to their financial stability. We want to support innovators in this space—those who are pioneering approaches that involve everything from granting digital currency to subscription-based membership models.
Today, I’m delighted to announce that five Australian projects will be supported as part of the Innovation Challenge
. The projects include:
- Crikey (Private Media) - Crikey's business model is already geared towards reader revenue, with over 90% of its revenue coming from individual subscribers. It aims to expand and diversify its pool of reader revenue by developing an innovative, user-friendly group subscription offering.
- Women's Agenda (Agenda Media Pty Ltd) - The Women's Agenda Extra platform is offering loyal readers a little 'extra' through a simple membership platform, featuring core components including regular deep dives on key news events; opportunities for members to discuss stories with journalists and editors; a database of female expert sources.
- Guardian News and Media Australia (GNM Australia Pty Ltd) - Guardian Australia will develop, prototype and user test a technology solution that will allow the timed surfacing of rich media during audio playback on mobile. This will enhance the user experience when listening to audio content and make it easier for listeners to make financial contributions to publishers.
- Mamamia (Mamamia.com.au Pty Ltd) - Mamamia is developing a membership proposition that caters for different audiences’ content preferences. Building on existing high audience engagement, it aims to diversify both revenue and traffic sources for the organisation.
- Community Broadcasting Association of Australia - The association will pilot a fundraising platform for Australia’s community broadcasting sector. Donations are a key growth area for income generation in community broadcasting and this project will develop fundraising technology for the sector.
Within two months of opening up the Innovation Challenge, we received 215 applications from 18 countries. After a rigorous review, a round of interviews and a thorough jury selection process, we ended up providing support to 23 projects in 14 countries
—amounting to a total of $3.2 million.
When we called for applications
, we listed four criteria: impact, feasibility, innovation and inspiration. The winners demonstrated a combination of each.
Thank you to every organisation who applied. There will be a second round of the APAC GNI Innovation Challenge
later this year, and we encourage you all to re-apply. Watch out for details on our website
Hi everyone! We've just released Chrome Beta 74 (74.0.3729.39) for Android: it's now available on Google Play
You can see a partial list of the changes in the Git log
. For details on new features, check out the Chromium blog
, and for details on web platform updates, check here
If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug
Krishna GovindGoogle Chrome
We know that standing in line at stations can completely derail your day—especially when you're standing in line to buy a ticket and the train whizzes by.
Starting today, If you’re a myki user in Melbourne or regional Victoria, you can now skip the line and get there faster with Google Pay.
Google Pay is the first mobile wallet to launch with Mobile myki
, thanks to a partnership with Victoria’s ticketing provider, NTT DATA, and Public Transport Victoria. Now you’ll be able to buy your myki Pass or top up with myki Money in the Google Pay app, and use your phone to ride – even without opening the app.
Once you’ve created your card, you’ll find real-time information about your myki balance and recent transactions and get low balance notifications. Passengers will be able to buy Full fare, Concession, Child and Senior Mobile mykis – and auto load will also be available. Soon, you’ll also be able to see your current balance in Google Maps when you’re planning your myki journey, and initiate your top-up from there.
Ready to give it a go? Make sure you have the latest version of Google Pay
on a compatible device that runs on Android 5.0 or higher, and purchase your Mobile myki via the Google Pay app. Signing up for your Mobile myki card is at no cost, but you will need to top-up with a minimum of $10 to get started. This amount is turned into a credit to cover the cost of your future travel.
When you’re ready to go, wake up your phone and hold it at the myki reader to ride!Posted by Prakash Hariramani, Director of Product Management, Google Pay
The beta channel has been updated to 74.0.3729.40 for Windows, Mac, and, Linux.
A full list of changes in this build is available in the log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how here. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. The community help forum is also a great place to reach out for help or learn about common issues.