Dev Channel Update for Chrome OS

The Dev channel has been updated to 76.0.3789.0 (Platform version: 12200.0.0) for most Chrome OS devices. This build contains a number of bug fixes, security updates and feature enhancements.

If you find new issues, please let us know by visiting our forum or filing a bug. Interested in switching channels? Find out how. You can submit feedback using ‘Report an issue...’ in the Chrome menu (3 vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser).

Cindy Bayless
Google Chrome

Tag Manager: Introducing Custom Templates

Google Tag Manager and Tag Manager 360 help you more easily and safely deploy tags for all your marketing and measurement tools. Security and collaboration features give IT teams more control over the tagging process, while features like auto-event triggers and built-in templates help marketers get the data they need without having to deal with code.

For scenarios where the built-in templates don’t cover your needs, we also offer options to deploy your own custom HTML and JavaScript. To help protect the security of your users and sites, we already scan all custom HTML tags for malware. Developers can also choose to blacklist custom scripts directly on page. But, we want to help make tagging even safer.

Today, we’re introducing Custom Templates—a new set of features in Tag Manager and Tag Manager 360 to give you more transparency and control over the tags on your site.

With Custom Templates, you can use a built-in Template Editor to design tag and variable templates that can be used throughout your container.

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This means that less technical users can manage instances of your custom tags just like the built-in tags, without messing with code. (Custom Templates will show up alongside the built-in templates when you go to add a new tag or variable.) And, since you can write your template once and reuse it, less code will need to be loaded on your site.

Template permissions

In order to provide a safer execution environment for your tags, Custom Templates use a sandboxed version of JavaScript. With sandboxed JavaScript, certain potentially sensitive operations (e.g. loading external scripts, accessing cookies, sending pixels, etc.) require the use of sandbox APIs:

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When you use these APIs, associated template permissions will automatically be surfaced and require that you declare how you’re using them (e.g. where external scripts can be loaded from, which cookies can be accessed, where data can be sent, etc.):

Custom GTM Perms

The behavior of your templates is tightly controlled by these permissions. Other users will be able to see exactly what your custom tags and variables are permitted to do. And, developers can write on-page policies to govern their behavior.

Starting today, you’ll see a new Templates section in the left sidebar of your containers. Whether you’re a marketer wanting to do more in Tag Manager without code or a developer wanting more control over third-party tags on your site, Custom Templates will improve your tagging capabilities.

Visit our developer documentationto learn more about Custom Templates, sandboxed Javascript, and permissions.

Your commute just got easier with Google Pay and the Assistant

To make your morning commute easier and less time consuming, we’ve been working with transit agencies in more than 30 cities around the world—from London to Singapore to Moscow—to enable Google Pay and simplify how you ride on public transit. New York City now joins that list of destinations. Starting May 31st, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will enable the “pay per ride” feature on your phone with a public pilot at select subway stations and Staten Island buses. And we continue to work with The Metropolitan Transportation Authority to bring more features with Google Maps and Google Assistant to make commuting even easier, no matter your destination.

Using Google Pay on MTA is part of OMNY, a contactless payment fare system that lets you tap and go with either your contactless payment card, or your mobile phone or wearable. When the public pilot opens next week, you’ll be able to use Google Pay to board all Staten Island buses and subway stations along the 4-5-6 lines between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center—no need to stand in line for a MetroCard.

Using Google Pay to ride with your phone is simple. No need to open the app or unlock your device—and it’s the same price as a single ride MetroCard. Plus, it’s more secure. You don’t have to worry about losing your MetroCard, and Google Pay doesn’t share your actual credit or debit card number when you pay.                                                        

And starting today, NYC subway riders can take advantage of the Google Assistant’s new real-time transit feature with the MTA. On your Android phone, all smart speakers, or all Smart Displays just say, “Hey Google, when is the next 4 train arriving?” or “Hey Google, when is the next train?” Your Assistant will share the train’s ETA and provide walking directions to the station, making it easier to plan your commute.

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You can now ask your Google Assistant for live updates on departure times or the MTA.

In the next few weeks, Google Maps will let you see which routes accept Google Pay when you look up directions. And you can see if you’re set up to pay with your phone. If not, you can add a credit or debit card right from the Google Maps app.

Google Maps and Google Pay integration

Google Pay in Google Maps lets users know in advance if they are ready to use their phone to tap and ride.                                              

This feature will roll out across destinations around the world in the next few weeks, including Melbourne’s myki transit system, the New York City area’s MTA and London’s TfL. Download the Google Pay Android app to try it on transit today.

Congratulations to the finalists of the Indie Games Showcase from Google Play

Posted by Patricia Correa, Director, Platforms & Ecosystems Developer Marketing

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Back in March we opened submissions for the Indie Games Showcase, an international competition for games studios from Europe*, South Korea, and Japan who are constantly pushing the boundaries of storytelling, visual excellence, and creativity in mobile.

We were once again impressed by the diversity and creativity that the indie community is bringing to mobile, and we’re happy to announce the 20 finalists.

Check out the local websites to learn more about the finalists and the events.

European illustration with Eiffel Tower and Matryoshka dolls


Europe Finalists logos for Indie Games Showcase

AntVentor by LoopyMood (Ukraine)

CHUCHEL by Amanita Design (Czech Republic)

#DRIVE by Pixel Perfect Dude (Poland)

Fly THIS! By Northplay (Denmark)

Fobia by Tapteek (Russia)

G30 - A Memory Maze by Ivan Kovalov (Russia)

Gold Peaks by Afterburn (Poland)

Grayland by 1DER Entertainment (Slovakia)

Hexologic by MythicOwl (Poland)

Lucid Dream Adventure by Dali Games (Poland)

OCO by SPECTRUM48 (United Kingdom)

Ordia by Loju (United Kingdom)

Peep by Taw (Russia)

Photographs by EightyEight Games (United Kingdom)

Rest in Pieces by Itatake (Sweden)

Returner Zhero by Fantastic, yes (Denmark)

see/saw by Kamibox (Germany)

STAP by Overhead Game Studio (United Kingdom)

Tesla vs. Lovecraft by 10tons (Finland)

Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery by Kiary games (Russia)

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Japan Finalists logos for Indie Games Showcase

ALTER EGO by 株式会社カラメルカラム

Infection - 感染 - by CanvasSoft

Jumpion - Make a two-step jump ! by Comgate

Lunch Time Fish by SoftFunk HULABREAKS

MeltLand by 個人

ReversEstory by 個人

キグルミキノコ Q-bit -第一章- by 個人

SumoRoll - Road to the Yokozuna by Studio Kingmo

Escape Game: The Little Prince by 株式会社 Jammsworks

Kamiori - カミオリ by TeamOrigami

Bear's Restaurant by 個人

クマムシさん惑星 ミクロの地球最強伝説 by Ars Edutainment

ゴリラ!ゴリラ!ゴリラ!by Gang Gorilla Games

Girl x Sun - Terasene - Tower defence & Novel game by SleepingMuseum

タシテケス by 個人

Destination: Dragons! by GAME GABURI

Cute cat's cake shop by 個人

Persephone by Momo-pi

Hamcorollin' by illuCalab.

Food Truck Pup: Cooking Chef by 合同会社ゲームスタート

Korean space needle and temple

South Korea

South Korea Finalists logos for Indie Games Showcase

다크타운 - 온라인 by 초콜릿소프트

Bad 2 Bad: Extinction by Dawinstone

셧더펑 : 슈팅액션 by Take Five Games

Cartoon Craft by Studio NAP

Catch Idle by HalftimeStudio

Hexagon Dungeon by Bleor Games

Hexonia by Togglegear

Mahjong - Magic Fantasy by Aquagamez

Maze Cube by IAMABOY

Road to Valor: World War II by Dreamotion Inc.

Onslot Car by Wondersquad

ROOMS: The Toymaker's Mansion by HandMade Game

Rhythm Star: Music Adventure by Anbsoft

7Days - Decide your story by Buff Studio

Seoul2033: Backer by Banjiha Games

Super Jelly Pop by STARMONSTER

UNLINK Daily Puzzle by Supershock

몬스터파크 온라인 by OVENCODE

WhamBam Warriors by DrukHigh

언노운 나이츠 by teamarex

We will welcome all finalists at events in London, Seoul, and Tokyo, where they will showcase their games to an audience of players, press and industry experts, for a chance to win the top prizes.

The events are open to the public, so if you would like to meet these games developers, try out their creations, and help choose the winners, sign up on the regional websites.

Congratulations to all finalists!

* The competition is open to developers from the following European countries and Israel: Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland).

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Indian Elections 2019 results: Live on Google Search, Google Assistant and YouTube
Over the last month and a half, Indian voters have cast their vote to elect the next government. As counting commences today, Google is bringing live updates to Google Search and YouTube.

We are showing live election results, sourced from Election Commission of India through Nielsen, on Search and on the Assistant [across Android, iOS and KaiOS]. You can find national level results (for example by searching for 'India election results') as well as constituency level results (for example by searching for 'East Delhi election results’).

On YouTube, over 150 news channels are bringing live election results coverage through the day. These include NDTV, AajTak, ABP Majha, ABP Ananda, TV9 Telugu Live, Puthiyathalaimurai TV, Public TV, Asianet News, OTV News and News18 Urdu, among others.

For the 2019 Indian Elections, Doordarshan is bringing inclusive live result experience to users on YouTube. Audiences in India can tune into the DD News YouTube Channel for the live video stream in 12 languages [English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Urdu, Assamese and Oriya], as well as sign language. Live audio news will be available on News on AIR YouTube Channel.

If you are in India, you can also catch all the counting day action live on our homepage.

By Chetan Krishnaswamy, Director Public Policy, Google India and South Asia

Chrome Beta for Android Update

Hi everyone! We've just released Chrome Beta 75 (75.0.3770.51) 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.

Ben Mason
Google Chrome

Movies and TV shows available for purchase on YouTube

Winter is coming… early. Want to catch up on the final season of Game of Thrones? Did you miss Green Book, Instant Family or Mary Poppins Returns at the cinema, or want to rewatch blockbusters like Spider-Man: Homecoming or Bohemian Rhapsody?
Now, thousands of full-length feature films and shows from major and independent entertainment studios--like Roadshow Films, Walt Disney Studios, HBO and the ABC--are available to rent or buy on YouTube via desktop, iOS or Android devices.
With a vast catalogue of new releases and favourite TV shows, you can join the precinct of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, step onto the past in Outlander, or help hone your spy skills in Killing Eve, wherever and whenever you want.
“Roadshow Films is always looking for new ways to make our content more accessible to audiences around Australia. We’re excited to join forces with one of the world’s biggest video platforms so that anyone can buy or rent the latest TV shows, new films like A Star is Born and Aquaman, or classics like The Castle and Red Dog, anytime, anywhere, on any device,” said Chris Chard, Co-CEO Roadshow Films, Roadshow Entertainment.
Purchased movies and shows can be played back as many times as you like on YouTube.
Visit and today to discover and rent or buy your favourite movies and TV shows, and check back soon for even more titles and shows.

Students spend a day with Area 120 — Google’s workshop for experimental products

Google launched from a Silicon Valley garage over 20 years ago, and the magic of garage-style entrepreneurialism is alive and well thanks to Area 120 — an experimental program within Google, aimed to help small teams build new products in an entrepreneurial environment.

Last month, 150 students gathered at Google’s NYC office for the first-ever Inspired@ Summit. The Inspired@ Summit was an opportunity for students to interact with Area 120 co-founders and team members, learn about current projects, and embrace Area 120’s entrepreneurial spirit of “try, experiment, and apply.”  We have gathered some of the key takeaways from the summit and hope that by the end of this post, you also find yourself inspired and ready to build, launch, and improve upon fresh ideas without fearing failure.

Fuzzy Khosrowshahi, an Engineering Director at Google, is serving as Area 120’s Founder-in-Residence. He’s also the co-founder of Google Sheets and helped jumpstart the day as the event’s keynote speaker, sharing his professional journey.  As a former history major, who used to run his own Subway sandwich franchise, Fuzzy reiterated that there is no uniform path to Google and that there are countless ways in which individuals discover their passions and capabilities, “each job offers a learning moment.”

While the Inspired@ Summit introduced attendees to a number of Googlers, the attendees were also invited to present and share their own stories.

One storyteller, Nia Asemota, a New York University first-year majoring in engineering, shared how she’s overcoming the challenges of being a woman in tech. In high school, she saw how she was relegated to more peripheral roles compared to her male counterparts on the school robotics team. As a result, she recognized a need to create her own space to enhance her engineering skills — one where she could thrive as a woman in tech and empower others along the way. Nia’s tenacity led her to go on to form her own all-female robotics team, and later become the only female leading the programming and electrical departments. Nia also became the first female pilot to represent her school in the International FIRST Robotics Competition.

Another student, Bethwel Kiplimo, shared how his path to technology began only three years ago. “Growing up in a rural village in Kenya, I never had a phone. I got my first one as a present from a local leader for performing exceptionally well in the national exams. The nonexistence of roads meant cars or any terrestrial machines beyond bicycles were foreign. However, planes flying high above the valley greatly fascinated me. I lived my childhood life studying so that I can one day build planes or at least get on one. At one time, this dream was lost because no university in Kenya offered aerospace engineering. However, my new phone rekindled the dream. Using Google, I was able to find an organization that paid for my SAT exams and gave me a chance to apply to Princeton. It took just a Google search and determination for me to pursue a dream conceived in the third grade while watching planes fly overhead in the early evenings in a remote Kenyan village, far removed from the rest of the world. This has completely redefined my relationship with technology and I am using it to promote access to education and drive change in my community, country, and our world.”

In addition to motivational talks, attendees had the opportunity to “try, experiment, and apply” in an interactive design thinking workshop led by Chris Ross, a Senior UX Engineer. The workshop introduced students to the creative problem-solving process of design thinking, which focuses on a user-centered approach to create a solution that is both technologically and economically feasible.

Afterwards students met with Area 120 team members and learned about their projects. We asked Googlers Laura Rokita of Pigeon, a “Waze-like app for the subway”, and Aayush Upadhyay of Augmented Reality (AR) Ads, the first project to graduate from Area 120 and evolve into its own team at Google, what career advice they would give students. Though Laura and Aayush had different career paths, they did share a similar overarching message: don’t always expect a linear path — pursue projects you’re interested in, experiment, and embrace where your learnings lead you.

The day concluded with an inspiring and memorable talk given by software engineer Eric Duran, as he touched on imposter syndrome and how he dealt with it. Eric is a New York native from East Harlem, and throughout his talk, he emphasized how this played a key role in his journey to Google. He reiterated the importance of persistence and confidence, “you can really do anything - nothing is stopping you. It’s all about what you tell yourself and [how hard you work]. It’s effort - Try. Experiment. Apply.”

Students who are interested in opportunities to be involved in the “testing” process of Area 120 products, can express interest by completing this application form.

Announcing v1_3 of the Google Ads API

Today we’re announcing the v1_3 release of the Google Ads API. With this version, you’ll continue pointing to v1 as your endpoint; however, you'll need to update your client libraries in order to use v1_3 features.

Here are the highlights: What resources are available?
The following resources should help you get going with v1_3 of the Google Ads API: The updated client libraries and code examples will be published by May 24, 2019. If you have any questions or need help, please contact us via the forum.

Beta Channel Update for Desktop

The beta channel has been updated to 75.0.3770.52 for Windows, and 75.0.3770.51 for 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.

Srinivas Sista
Google Chrome