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Start building apps for the Indian Google Assistant

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Whether you’re searching for a great restaurant for biryani, mapping your travels or helping the kids with their homework, your Google Assistant is always ready to help. You can ask about your day or your commute, explore your favorite topics, and get answers to hundreds of small and big questions during your day. But to be truly successful, your Google Assistant should be able to connect you across the apps and services in your life. So starting today, developers and companies can build apps to engage with Indian users through Actions on Google, the developer platform for the Google Assistant. And as a user, you’ll soon be able to access more of your favorite services and content straight through your Google Assistant.
For anyone who wants to build for the Assistant, resources such as developer tools, documentation and a simulator are available on the Actions on Google developer website, making it easy to create, test and deploy apps. Eligible developers will also be invited to join the Google Assistant Developer Community Program to get support for their efforts.


Now that we’re launching the ability for everyone to create apps on the Google Assistant, Indians will soon have easy and fast access to all types of apps. Once an app works with the Assistant, you can just tell your Assistant to connect you with the app of your choice with a simple voice command – whether it’s on eligible Android phones or iPhones. And the best thing? You won’t need to install anything extra, we’ll connect you straight with the app you’d like to interact with. For example, just say “Ok Google, talk to….” to fire up an app.


Stay tuned as local Indian apps rollout soon, and dive in today by trying one of the many apps already available.  

We hope that this growing platform will give more Indians the help they need, at home or on-the-go – from the morning rush hour to the weekend unwind. Together with developers from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, we look forward to exploring and delivering these new possibilities for the Indian Google Assistant.


Posted by Brad Abrams, Group Product Manager, Google Assistant

Calling all superheroes for Web Rangers 2017

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It’s time to put your superhero capes on because the Web Rangers contest is back for its third edition and we couldn’t be happier announcing it on Children’s day. But who is a Web Ranger? If you are a student between the age of 10 and 17 who knows what it takes to be safe online and also helps your friends and family to do the same, then you are already a Web Ranger.
The Web Rangers contest is a platform for students to spread the message of internet safety and digital citizenship beyond close friends and family. It’s time to show the world your superpowers, it’s time for Web Rangers 2017!
There are different formats to pick from - choose the category that interests you and and put your creativity and skills to test. The best entries in each format stands to win awesome Chromebooks.

  • Campaign: Why reach a few hundred when you can reach thousands, or maybe millions? Run your own internet safety campaign, either individually or as a team of three. It could be one large initiative or a collection of multiple projects like a social media campaign, a video series, awareness drives or all of them - there is no restriction on the format or the number of initiatives.
  • Project: If you prefer to work individually and have that one amazing idea, then this is for you. The format is completely open - create a video, website, app or a game - but remember, it should empower users to stay safe on the Internet and learn what it takes to be a good digital citizen
  • Poster: Put your creative hat on - design a poster that captures the theme of Internet safety and send it across to us. It’s as simple as that.

Year after year, the Web Rangers have been surprising us with some incredible entries and we have a hunch that this year is going to be even better. For inspiration and ideas, check out the winning entries from last year and the year before that. To learn more about the rules and format, or to submit your entries, visit this page. The deadline for submitting your entry is 23:59pm on January 15, 2018.

Posted by Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust & Safety

Google Arts & Culture invites you to imagine the archeological artifacts of the future

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Consider the question: What object would you like archaeologists 1,000 years from now to remember our present day culture by?



As part of our first Google Arts & Culture Lab experiment in India, we are delighted to collaborate with Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and the British Museum in London to unveil Future Relics, an interactive installation that takes participants on a shared journey, connecting past with present whilst looking to the future. Created as part of the landmark exhibition India and the World: A History in Nine Stories, the Future Relics project will blend ancient craft and modern technology to build relics for the future.



Responding directly to India and the World’s exploration of pots as story-telling objects,  Future Relics invites audiences to contribute an object that represents our lives today —  perhaps an aluminium pressure cooker, a ceiling fan, a mobile phone or an exam paper? Visitors’ contributions will provide the future generations glimpses into the lives and stories of people who lived in the present day, just as the artefacts of the museum give a glimpse of those who lived and ruled in the first cities of India.



As visitors navigate the museum and stumble upon the Future Relics installation, they will be asked to write in Hindi, English or Marathi, using our Google handwriting tool, an object they would want archaeologists to remember 1,000 years from. Google Translate will then group similar words together, transcending language and drawing thematic connections across the three languages. Each group of similar words will create a digital vase on which the handwritten words will be printed. Each new, unique word will birth a new vase. As vases appear and grow, a live visualisation will create a growing landscape of vases.
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From thousands of contributions, a collection of artifacts will be 3D printed using clay, and gifted to the museum as a relic for future generations to uncover.



Conceived as a new attraction for the landmark exhibition which also marks the commemoration of 70 years of Indian Independence, visitors to the museum will also explore connections and comparisons between India and the rest of the world, covering a period of over a million years though 200 historical artifacts from more than 25 institutions. The Indian objects within each section are positioned within a global context and will help visitors serve to explore the connections.



We hope that visitors will enjoy interacting with Future Relics and becoming a part of a time capsule, as we craft new bridges between tech and culture whilst giving audiences a new perspective of archeology in the digital age. All art lovers and cultural enthusiasts can discover the unseen cultural treasures and the first of its kind interactive installation from November 11th at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.



There is more coming up, so stay tuned!



By Freya Murray, Program Manager and Creative Lead, Google Cultural Institute Lab

Skip the line: restaurant wait times on Search and Maps

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When it comes to a delicious serving of butter chicken or perfectly aromatic biryani, people are willing to wait in (long) lines for a taste of their favorite comfort foods. Rolling out soon, wait times on Google Search (and coming soon to Maps) shows you the estimated wait at your favorite restaurants. Now you can decide whether that Phirni is really worth an hour wait or plan ahead to get your fix at a time when you can avoid a wait entirely.




To see wait times for nearly a million sit-down restaurants around the world that allow walk-ins, just search for the restaurant on Google, open the business listing, and scroll down to the Popular Times section. There you’ll see the estimated wait time at that very moment. And by tapping on any of the hour bars, you’ll see the estimated wait for that time period. You can even scroll left and right to see a summary of each day’s wait times below the hour bars––so you can plan ahead to beat the crowds.



Wait time estimates are based on anonymized historical data, similar to how we compute the previously launched Popular Times and Visit Duration features.


By Quang Duong, Software Engineer, Google Maps

It’s YouTube Kids’ first birthday in India, and celebrations are in order!

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Introducing kid profiles, new parental controls, and a new exciting look for kids

Time sure flies, it’s been a year already of our launch in India and we’re delighted to add to the celebrations with the roll out of a brand new experience on the YouTube kids app.

After talking to parents all over, we know that kids who love the YouTube Kids app are getting older and want a platform that’ll grow with them. We also realize that every family is different, so we’ve built features into the app that help you control the experience for your kids whilst also ensuring we pack it with rich content that your kids will love.
With the updated version of the app, we are giving parents full control of their kids screen time and the content they consume. The updated app also provides kids a more personalised experience with ability to create their own identity and enjoy content which is linked to their profile in case of shared devices.

YouTube Kids is the go to app for kids to learn, discover, create and explore their curiosity. And we are seeing incredible diversity in the kids content coming out of India. While Hooplakidz and Chu Chu TV are right up there with some of our top global creators, Do It Yourself Content, Art & Crafts, animated educational content and a lot of fun science content in local Indian languages is now seeing major traction in India.

Here is what you get when you sign in with your Google account:
  • Create Kid profiles to customize your kids’ experience: Now you can create a profile for each of your kids and choose between younger or older content levels to manage the types of videos they can watch. Kid profiles work across all different devices!
  • A new setup process: the new app parent setup process will give you detailed information to help you make the right choices for your family before your kids use the app.
  • More parental control: When parents open YouTube Kids, it explains upfront how our systems choose and recommend content and how to flag videos. We also prompt you to make a choice about the type of content, parents want their children to have access to. Parents can decide the right experience for their family from the get-go.
  • Passcode for kids: Kids can set a secret passcode to get into their profile (and keep their brother or sister out). Don’t worry, you can always override their passcode.

Remember, our systems work hard to filter out more mature content from the app. But no system is perfect. As our video inventory grows, we will continue to rely on you and our parent community to provide feedback, since there’s always a chance a child might find an inappropriate video in the app. If you find a video that you think should not be in the app, you can block it and flag it for review. This helps make YouTube Kids better for everyone.

YouTube Kids is now live in 37 countries, has more than 70 billion views in the app, and more than 11 million weekly active viewers.

We're looking at ways to build an even better experience for families. Coming soon, we'll give parents the option to bring more content to the app experience. Our team is working to identify the most relevant content categories for tweens to make the app even more awesome!

*Not available in all markets. Kid profiles are available in the following markets: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, United States, Zimbabwe.

Posted by Balaji Srinivasan, YouTube Kids Engineering Director

Google’s India Cloud region in Mumbai, is now live

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The first Google Cloud Platform region in India is now open for you to build applications and store your data, and promises to significantly improve latency for GCP customers and end users in the area.*

The new Mumbai region, asia-south1, joins Singapore, Taiwan, Sydney and Tokyo in Asia Pacific and makes it easier to build highly available, performant applications using resources across those geographies.

Hosting applications in the new region can improve latency from 20-90% for end users in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and of course Mumbai, compared to hosting them in the closest region, Singapore.



Services

The Mumbai region has everything you need to build the next great application, and three zones to make it stand up to whatever Mother Nature has to offer:

Interested in a GCP service that’s not available in the India region? No problem. You can access this service via the Google Network, the largest cloud network as measured by number of points of presence.

If you’d like to privately connect to the Mumbai region, we offer Dedicated Interconnect at two locations, these locations are GPX Mumbai and Tata Mumbai IDC.


Pay in local currency

With the opening of this Mumbai region, Indian customers are now able to buy these services directly in Indian rupees. Below is an animated GIF of the SKUs tool in action, now in rupees.


What customers are saying

Indian companies welcome the addition of this GCP region to South Asia.

“We wanted to have a low latency and secure cloud platform to create our active-active, high availability and load balanced multi-cloud setup. GCP gave us a low latency network, better than expected SSL performance, and the ability to optimize costs further with custom machine types. The new India region will help us bring our service even closer to Indian consumers.”
— Manish Verma, Chief Technology Officer at Hungama


“As a senior leader within the organization, I see the key benefits of GCP and other technologies being lower cost, greater efficiency, and improved business continuity. For example, the current data center team can be redeployed to other initiatives as the technical experts at GCP will be undertaking most of the management and maintenance tasks.”
— R D Bhatnagar, Chief Technology Officer at DB Corp

Google has been pushing hard into deep learning and making powerful tools and technologies available on GCP. We really appreciate the stability and scalability of the GCP platform. As a fast-growing startup, we can scale our platform up and down in minutes with few worries.”
— Dr. Sven Niedner, Chief Operations Officer at Innoplexus
"Once our team was exposed to GCP and understood the benefits of the platform, our mindset changed from 'let us do everything on our own' to 'let us do what we do best' and delegate the remainder. We are always eager to see what new services are being launched and are extremely excited about what GCP can provide as part of its roadmap."
— Sandeep Kalidindi, Head of Technology at PaGaLGuy


Getting started
For help migrating to GCP, please contact our local partners. For additional details on the Mumbai region, please visit our Mumbai region page where you’ll get access to free resources, whitepapers, the "Cloud On-Air" on-demand video series and more. Our locations page provides updates on the availability of additional services and regions. Contact us to request early access to new regions and help us prioritize what we build next.

*Please visit our Service Specific Terms to get detailed information on our data storage capabilities.

Posted By Dave Stiver, Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform

Google’s campus roadshow to inspire young aspiring mobile developers

Technology is now deeply embedded into our daily lives. Everyday new startups are being founded to create new business models and change the way consumers interact and use various business services. Intelligent automation and mobile based solutions are impacting every industry around us. In these changing times, the current scope of learning ecosystem in India can feel limiting for students who are passionate about learning new technologies and enhance their skills inline with the expectations of the Industry.


While India has long maintained its position as a global base of tech talent, there is growing need to invest further in skilling India’s large base of young students who are keen to learn newer technologies. In line with our objective to train two million developers in India on the latest mobile technologies, we’re excited to announce Mobile Developer Fest, our new campus initiative to inspire thousands of young, aspiring technology developers to kickstart their skilling journey with affordable world-class skilling and education programs.


Mobile Developer Fest (MDF) is designed to be a day-long event for computer science and engineering students, offering them an opportunity to attend tech sessions across multiple product areas like Machine Learning, Firebase, Android and Progressive Web Apps. Students can also participate in hands-on code labs sessions, and learn directly from Google certified developers. The event will also provide an opportunity for students to become part of Google Developer Student Clubs and University Innovation Fellows.


Starting with Bangalore at The CMR Institute of Technology, we will hold multiple MDFs in leading engineering colleges across 12 states in India. MDFs are open events and computer science and engineering students are eligible to register.


The learning curve doesn’t end at these events. Students will also have access to:


Register your interest for the upcoming MDD near you here: https://events.withgoogle.com/mdf
Can’t make it to the event? Join the conversation by following us on Twitter and subscribing to our YouTube channel.

Posted by: William Florance, Head of Google Developer Training and Social Impact Programs

The new AdWords experience is now available to everyone

When we first announced the rollout of the new AdWords experience, our goal was simple: to introduce a faster and more intuitive AdWords that's focused on helping you reach your business goals. Starting today, the new AdWords experience is available to all advertisers.

Get more done, faster
First, you’ll notice that your account pages load faster—on average, 20% faster—so you can quickly get to the information you need and get on with your day.

We’ve removed the clutter and made navigation a breeze so you can do more in less time, like adding multiple ad extensions to your campaigns in a single step. Customers like iProspect North tell us that the new design and layout saves them 30% more time on average when completing everyday tasks.

Finally, easy access to key insights about your customers, like visualizations of the days and hours they're most engaged with your business, help you take immediate action to drive better results.

Innovations to help you reach your goals
Whether it’s driving more valuable calls to your business or improving your mobile experience, you need tools that help you reach your unique business goals. Innovations like call bid adjustments and the “Landing pages” page were built exclusively for the new experience to do just that—with many more to come.

The faster AdWords in action
From a U.K. agency helping their client surpass its goals, to a small juicing business tripling its growth—we’re inspired by the stories we hear from businesses around the world, large and small. See some of these inspiring stories:



Getting started
To get familiar with the new experience, take the guided tour.

To find what you need, our how to videos are here to help you navigate, and the AdWords Help Center has been updated with all the latest features. You can also check out the Best Practices guide for recommendations and tips on how to make the most of the new experience. And we encourage you to leave feedback by clicking on the help icon in the top right corner of your account.

We look forward to hearing your feedback about how Google can continue building a better AdWords for your business.

Posted by Jerry Dischler, Vice President of Product Management, AdWords

Ask more of your phone: The Google Pixel 2



Last year, we launched our first Pixel phone made by Google. We started on this journey by asking “What if smartphones were smarter and simpler?” We set out to make the smartphone experience better and bring the best of Google to the most important device in your life. With Pixel, we created the world’s best smartphone camera and the first phone with the Google Assistant. We were excited that so many of you liked it so much. So we didn’t stop there.


Today, along with a new family of hardware products, we’re excited to announce Google Pixel 2. With this launch, we want you to be able to ask even more from your phone—with the highest-rated camera in the world that helps you take great pictures, Google Lens that not only lets you see but also helps you understand the world around you, all-day battery life so you can be click-happy without inhibitions, unlimited full-resolution photos and videos, and an Assistant that understands you better and helps you get more done.
The 6-inch Pixel 2 XL in Just Black



Pixel 2 is loaded with great features, so let me take you through a few of our favorite ones.


The best smartphone camera, again
Taking great photos and videos is one of the things you do most with your phone, so we set out to deliver the best photography experience. You get stunningly crisp, clear, and detailed photos in any light. You can also take high-quality portrait shots with the perfect background blurs, from both the front and back camera. New motion photos capture a few seconds of video around the shot so you can relive the moment around the picture. The Pixel 2 camera is powered by our computational photography and machine learning (ML) capabilities which make all these great features easy, fun and fast for you to use.


We’ve made video capture better too by combining both optical and electronic video stabilization to give you remarkably smooth video, even when you’re on the move. All of these great features mean you can take the best photos and videos with Pixel 2. And don’t just take our word for it; independent camera experts, DxOMark, have rated the Pixel 2 camera as the best camera of any smartphone, with an unprecedented score of 98. To top it off, we’re once again providing free unlimited storage for all of the photos and videos taken on your Pixel.


Your camera will keep getting better over time. As just one example, coming soon and exclusive to Pixel, you’ll be able to play with Augmented Reality (AR) Stickers, so you can add playful emojis and virtual characters to your photos and videos and set the scene for your very own stories.


Search what you see
Pixel 2 owners will also get an exclusive preview of Google Lens — a new set of visual smarts that help you learn more about the world around you and get things done. It builds on Google’s advancements in computer vision and ML, combined with our Knowledge Graph which underpins Google Search. From day one, on your Pixel 2, you’ll be able to look up landmarks, books, music albums, movies, and artwork, by clicking on the Lens icon in Google Photos. You can also use Google Lens to copy URLs and contact info from a picture of a poster or business card. We’ll add capabilities on an on-going basis, including to use of Lens in the Google Assistant.


The Google Assistant, built in
The Google Assistant makes many tasks—from sending a text or making a call, to finding an answer—faster, easier and hands-free. You won’t need to edit the text messages you dictate as often as you do with other assistants. With Pixel 2, you can access your Google Assistant with a new feature called Active Edge. Just give the phone a quick squeeze—even when it’s in a case—and ask the Assistant for what you need. You can even tell it to take a selfie!


In the coming weeks, your Assistant on Pixel will also be able to help with your daily routines; using simple phrases you could  trigger actions during the morning, your commute, when you get home, etc. So the Google Assistant on Pixel not only understands you better but can also be more personal to you, helping you get more done at any time.


Do more, worry less


We’ve all been caught with a dead battery, so we made sure the Pixel 2 has a battery that lasts all day.* And if you ever need a quick boost, 15 minutes of charging gives you up to seven hours of usage. It’s also water- and dust- resistant to the IP67 standard and comes with important security features baked in. With monthly security updates from Google, your Pixel will always have the most advanced security precautions built in — no more worrying about updating or upgrading.


We’re also making it easy to switch to Pixel. Most people will be able to copy their contacts, apps, messages, photos, and even their iMessages from their old phones to Pixel in 10 minutes or less. It’s fast and painless.
The 5-inch Pixel 2 in Kinda Blue



Just give me the deets, already
Pixel 2 comes in two sizes, with the same great features in both. There’s the 5-inch Pixel 2 with a crystal-clear cinematic OLED display, which comes in Just Black, Clearly White and Kinda Blue. The 6-inch Pixel 2 XL has a razor-sharp pOLED 18:9 display which allows us to create a full screen, immersive viewing experience, and comes in Just Black and Black & White.


Both phones are powered by Android 8.0 Oreo and come with an always-on display which lets you see notifications at a glance on Pixel’s screen without having to touch the power button. The new Now Playing feature, exclusive to Pixel, shows you on the Always-On display what song is playing around you. With your permission it matches music to a database of thousands of songs that’s stored on your device, without sending any information to Google.


Alongside Pixel we’re launching new cases and accessories. That includes our customizable Google Live Cases, and a range of other cases, cables, headphones and more from over 25 partners in our “made for Google” program. The "made for" products will feature a badge on the packaging so you know they've been certified to meet Google's compatibility standards.


Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, India and Australia.


In India, the Pixel 2 will be priced as: Pixel 2 64GB (Rs 61,000), Pixel 2 128GB (Rs 70,000), Pixel 2 XL 64GB (Rs 73,000), Pixel 2 XL 128GB (Rs 82,000). Pre-orders commence on 26 October 2017. The phones will be available online and in retail stores, with Pixel 2 being available for sale starting 1st November 2017, and Pixel 2 XL will be available starting 15th November 2017. Both will be available in 1000+ stores across the country.


Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be available online, exclusively on Flipkart.


There's so much more to Pixel 2, but I'm sure I've already violated some blog post length rules. I hope you'll visit the press site to find out more.


Posted by Mario Queiroz, Vice President and General Manager for Phones, Google

*Based on use of the included charger and a mix of talk, data, and standby use with the ‘always on’ display feature turned off.  Actual results may vary--see website for details.  



Enabling Bengali publishers and advertisers



Bengali is the sixth most spoken language around the world – not a small feat, considering that there are over 7,000 living languages on our planet.

Starting today, we’re making it much easier for Bengali language publishers and advertisers to create relevant and engaging content in Bengali. To enable this, we are very pleased to announce that we have added Bengali, -- a language spoken by millions -- to the list of supported languages in both Google AdWords and Google AdSense.

What this means for publishers/content creators - Content creators who have websites and blogs in Bengali can now easily monetize their content and attract advertisers from across the globe.


To start monetizing your Bengali (Bangla) content website with Google AdSense:

  1. Check the AdSense program policies and make sure your website is compliant
  2. Add the AdSense code to start displaying relevant ads to your users
Welcome to AdSense!

What this means for advertisers - Starting today, advertisers can reach a large Bengali-reading audience globally and target them with Bengali-language search and display ads. Please visit the AdWords help center to set up and run search or display campaigns.

India has 234 million Indian language users who are online (compared to 175 million English web users) and we expect another 300 million Indian language users to come online in the next four years. The most important aspect of making the web more useful and meaningful for all of India is to make India’s Internet more representative of today’s India.

With the availability of Hindi, and today’s launch of Bengali language capabilities, we are working hard to ensure that digital advertising is keeping up with with the needs of an evolving Internet audience. Over the coming months, we will share more about our efforts to further build on this.

Posted by Shalini Girish, Director - Google Marketing Solutions, Google India