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Keep the conversation going with your Assistant on Smart Displays

From controlling all your devices from a single dashboard to helping you prepare a new recipe for dinner, there are a lot of ways you can use Smart Displays with the Google Assistant to get things done around the house.

But let’s face it: having to repeat “Hey Google” every time you use the Assistant on Smart Displays can be cumbersome. Starting today, we're adding support for Continued Conversation on Smart Displays, an optional setting that lets you have a natural back-and-forth conversation with the Google Assistant. After you initially trigger the Assistant with a request, the Assistant will stay active for long enough to respond to follow up questions so you don't have to say “Hey Google” as often. You can turn on this feature in the Google Assistant app by going to Settings → Preferences → Continued Conversation and hitting the toggle.

Continued Conversations is currently available in english (US) across all Smart Displays, including the Google Home Hub, Lenovo Smart DisplayTM, JBL Link View and LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9.

That’s not all that’s new with the Assistant on Smart Displays. Here’s a look at some features we’ve recently added on Smart Displays:

  • Let the Assistant be your interpreter:Have family members or friends who don’t speak the same language? Interpreter Mode is now available and helps you have a free-flowing conversation in dozens of languages. Just say, “Hey Google, be my French interpreter.”
  • Control your devices and appliances at home: The Google Assistant connects with more than 10,000 devices for your home, and Smart Displays gives you a single dashboard to easily control all these devices. Swipe down from the top edge to reveal your home view to control cameras, doorbells, lights, plugs, thermostats and more.
  • Manage multi-room audio:You can add your Smart Display to a speaker group, and play music throughout the house. And with this release, we added controls for adjusting the volume of any device in the group. Just tap on the group name of the player on the screen to get started.
  • Enjoy the small touches:We made it easier to dismiss certain cards on the home screen of your Smart Display when you no longer need them by just swiping up. And in those instances when you don’t want to wake up your partner when setting an alarm late at night, you can find a quick touch setting from the Quick Settings menu bar of your Smart Display.
  • Share photos from Live Albums with Google Photos:Your Smart Display also can double as a digital photo frame. With Live Albums, you can show off the best photos of your favorite people and pets without you having g to curate them. If you see a photo that you love, you can now say “Hey Google, share this photo with Mom.” You can also remove photos from the device easily with your voice.
  • Play a game: Gather friends and family around your Smart Display and say, “Hey Google, Are you Feeling Lucky?” You’ll play five rounds of trivia culminating in the final round of challenging “Guesstimation Station” brain teasers where you’ll answer questions like, “How many dimples does a golf ball have?”
Stay tuned for more features and functionality coming to Smart Displays to help you throughout your day.


Book a table with the Google Assistant across the country on more devices

From Phoenix to Atlanta, it’s been great to see many of you using our new Google Assistant feature built on Duplex technology to quickly book restaurant reservations over the phone. Thanks to your feedback, we’re beginning to make this feature available to more people across the United States. Now, you can use it on all Pixel phones in 43 U.S. states.

All it takes is a few seconds to tell your Assistant where you'd like to go. Just ask the Assistant on your phone, “Book a table for four people at [restaurant name] tomorrow night.” The Assistant will then call the restaurant to see if it can accommodate your request. Once your reservation is successfully made, you’ll receive a notification on your phone, an email update and a calendar invite so you don’t forget.  

We look forward to bringing this service to more people across the U.S. to make planning a night out just a bit easier. Over the next few weeks, we’ll start slowly bringing this feature to more Android and iOS devices, and will continue to incorporate feedback as we continue testing. Bon appétit!  

Build Actions for the next billion users

Posted by Brad Abrams, Group Product Manager, Actions on Google

Before we look forward and discuss updates to Actions on Google for 2019, we wanted to recognize our global developer community for your tremendous work in 2018. We saw more than 4 times the number of projects created with Actions on Google this past year. And some of the most popular Action categories include Games and Trivia, Home Control, Music, Actions for Families, and Education – well done!

We hope to carry this enthusiasm forward, and at Mobile World Congress, we're announcing new tools so you can reach and engage with more people around the globe.

Building for the next billion users

The Google Assistant's now available in more than 80 countries in nearly 30 languages, and you've been busy making your Actions accessible in many of those locales.

One of the most exciting things we've seen in the last couple of years is happening in places where the next billion users are coming online for the first time. In these fast-growing countries like India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico, voice is often the primary way users interact with their devices because it's natural, universal, and the most accessible input method for people who are starting to engage with technology for the first time in their lives.

Actions on Google coming to KaiOS and Android (Go Edition)

As more countries are coming online, we want to make it so you can reach and engage with these users as they're adopting the Google Assistant into their everyday lives with astonishing ease. There are tens of millions of users on Android Go and KaiOS in over 100 countries.

We'll be making your Actions available to Android Go and KaiOS devices in the next few months, so you should start thinking now about how to build for these platforms and users. Without any additional work required, your Actions will work on both operating systems at launch (unless of course, Action requires a screen with touch input). We'll also be launching a simulator so you can test your Actions to see how they look on entry-level Android Go smartphones and KaiOS feature phones.

A couple of partners have already built Actions with these new audiences in mind. Hello English, for example, created an Action to offer English lessons for users that speak Hindi, to create more opportunities for people through language learning. And Where is My Train? (WIMT) was built for the millions of Indians commuting daily, offering real-time locations and times for trains accessible by voice. Check out our developer docs for KaiOS and Android Go Edition, and start building for the next billion users.

Expanding capabilities to more languages and countries

And we're not just focused on a handful of emerging countries. We're always working to enable all of Actions on Google's tools so users can enjoy the best experience possible regardless of the country they live in or the language they speak—our work here never ends! Here's a snapshot of some of the progress we've made this past year:

  • New locales: Since last MWC, we've launched Actions on Google support for more languages and locales. You can now build Actions in 19 languages across 28 locales.
  • Wavenet voices: As we've launched Actions on Google in more languages, we've added more text-to-speech voice options for your Actions. And thanks to Wavenet advancements, we're introducing improved, more natural-sounding TTS voices for English (en-US, en-GB and en-AU), Dutch, French (fr-FR and fr-CA), German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Japanese, Korean, Polish, Danish and Swedish. You can listen to the upgraded voices here, and they'll start rolling out to your Actions in the coming weeks.
  • Transactions: You can now offer transactional experiences in 22 markets, up from just 1 since last MWC. If you're looking to incorporate transactions in your Actions, check out these tips.
  • Templates for the next billion users: If you're not yet familiar with templates, you can fill in a Google Sheet and publish an Action within minutes. Trivia and Personality Quiz templates are available in English, (en-US and en-UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi and Indonesian. All you have to do is upload a Sheet in any of the languages above and your Actions will be live in those languages.

We've already talked about how busy the development community was this past year, and we've been hard at work to keep up! If you're looking to reach and engage with millions—even billions more users—now's a good time to start thinking about how your Action can make a difference in people's lives around the globe.

Building the Google Assistant on phones for everyone, everywhere

In most countries around the world, phones are the primary way people interact with the Google Assistant. Whether you’re using an Android phone, an iPhone or a phone that’s running Android 9 Pie (Go edition) or KaiOS, the Assistant takes advantage of our phones’ capabilities so you can get help while you’re on the go.

This week, we’re at Mobile World Congress, announcing more phones with a dedicated Google Assistant button and sharing new ways people around the globe can use phones to get help from the Assistant where they want it.

Assistance where you want it

Bringing the Assistant to mobile apps

There are lots of ways the Assistant can help right within some of the apps we use every day. For example, since we launched the Assistant in Google Maps, drivers in the U.S. are getting hands-free help with directions, making calls and listening to music. We’re also seeing more than 15 times the number of queries asking for the Assistant’s help to send messages and read incoming texts out loud compared to before, when you could only use your voice for a few things. In the coming weeks, we’ll bring the Assistant to Google Maps in all Assistant phone languages.

Accessing the Google Assistant in Messages

Conversations are another place where the Google Assistant can lend a helping hand. Over the coming months for English users around the globe, Messages will start showing suggestions so you can get more information from the Google Assistant about movies, restaurants and weather. The Messages app uses on-device AI to offer suggestion chips relevant to your conversation, helping you easily find and share information as you chat one-on-one with your best friend, or in a group chat with your entire family. You can tap on the suggestion chip to learn more from your Assistant, and if you find the info is helpful, you can decide if you want to share that information back into your conversation. If you don’t share that information, the other person won’t see it.

If you’re chatting with your friends and you need to quickly look something up, your Assistant can help at any point when you’re using Messages. Just long press the Home button with the Messages app open on your phone, and your Assistant will pop up to help.

Accessing information when you need it

Tens of millions of affordable Android Go and KaiOS phones with the Assistant built-in have been sold over the last couple of years. As these phones have become more popular this past year, we’ve seen a seven times increase in the number of active users for the Assistant in India, Indonesia, Mexico and Brazil. In places where people are coming online for the first time, millions are discovering that voice is a more natural way to interact with technology, overcoming technological hurdles that previously seemed out of reach.

Dewi, a young mother from Indonesia, wanted to redesign her porch and improve her garden, but with so many websites and mobile apps to choose from, she didn’t know where to start. So she decided to ask her Google Assistant on her phone for help, accessing information in a way she hadn’t before. Using the Assistant, Dewi found design references, tutorials and how-to guides—everything she needed to tackle her overwhelming project. Now, she’s using the Assistant regularly to discover new recipes and cooking techniques, help her little brother with his homework and find the best prices available online while shopping.

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“My daily activity has really changed. The Google Assistant has helped me to learn a lot of things that I wasn’t aware of before.”  – Dewi from Makassar, Indonesia

Getting things done

Use your voice to do more on feature phones

In some languages, even a simple text message can be pretty difficult to type out—and it’s even harder on a feature phone keyboard with three letters on each button. Over the coming months, we’re launching Voice Typing on KaiOS, so the Assistant can help translate speech to text in a natural, convenient way. With the cursor in the right field, you can press and hold the Assistant button on your phone and use your voice to dictate your text messages, web searches or anything else that has a text field. If you’re someone who likes to navigate your feature phones’ menus and settings in English, but prefer to talk, text and search in your native language, now you can keep your KaiOS phone’s language in English and use a different language for your Google Assistant.

Talk to your Assistant in eight Indic languages

Last summer we announced the launch of the Google Assistant in Marathi, and said that seven more Indian languages would follow. Now, all users in India can talk to the Assistant in Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Urdu. If you happen to speak one of these languages, give it a shot so we can continue improving the experience. And if you want to change your Assistant’s language on the fly, you can just say, “Ok Google, talk to me in Bengali.”

Multilingual support for more languages

When we first introduced the bilingual Assistant, you could choose between six different languages and switch back and forth between two of those interchangeably. Now, you can select any language pairing from Korean, Hindi, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Dutch, in addition to the languages that were supported from the get-go: English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.

Partnering with local developers and brands to build more relevant Actions

In the coming months, developers will be able to release their Actions on Android 9 Pie (Go Edition) and KaiOS devices so entry-level smartphone and feature phone owners can access more locally relevant experiences. Some of those experiences we’re looking forward to bringing to millions more people include Galinha Pintadinha’s family-friendly Action in Brazil, and a better experience for cricket fans in India so they can stay up to date on the latest matches.

With Assistant in Messages and Google Maps, Voice Typing on KaiOS, more natural voice controls and physical buttons for the Assistant on more phones, your Google Assistant is ready to help in the places you need it most. If you haven’t used your Assistant on phones to get things done while you’re on the go, now’s the time toMake Google Do It.

Shaping the future of mobile with Android

Android's mission has always been to work closely with a broad and open ecosystem of partners to push the boundaries of hardware and software, bringing new experiences and capabilities to your mobile device. Together with manufacturers, carriers, chipset makers and developers, we want to build mobile experiences that are both productive and helpful—whether that’s giving you new ways to explore the world, helping you stay on top of a busy day or providing the tools to maintain a healthy relationship with technology.

This week, we’re at MWC Barcelona to celebrate new milestones with our Android partners, from the latest flagship devices to their vision and strategy for 5G.  

Foldables: Expanding the definition of smartphones

We’re constantly evolving Android to support our partners in building devices in a variety of shapes and sizes. Last fall, we announced that Android will power the emerging category of phones with screens that can bend and fold. Along with this trend comes new smartphone capabilities—for example, multitasking on a phone can become even easier; with more available, expanding screen area, you can watch a video on one side and take notes on the other. Tablets can be more portable, folding to easily fit into your pockets or purses.

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This week, the world’s first foldable screen devices are launching on Android, with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold announced at Galaxy UNPACKED, and Huawei’s Mate X which was just announced earlier today here at MWC Barcelona. We look forward to seeing more Android-powered foldable devices from other manufacturers, and we'll continue to make improvements to the operating system for a smooth experience on these phones.

Unlocking new ways to learn, communicate and be entertained with 5G

As the industry progresses towards faster and better connectivity with new devices and chipsets, 5G will accelerate the potential of richer entertainment and communication experiences. Our partners like Samsung, Xiaomi, LG, Huawei, Qualcomm, Sony, HTC, OnePlus and Vivo are revealing their plans for 5G, including new devices launching later this year. We’re excited that Android is enabling the world’s first 5G smartphones, helping accelerate its adoption in 2019 and beyond.

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Better mobile messaging for everyone

To improve the standard messaging experience on Android, we’ve been working with many of our partners, including Samsung, Huawei, America Movil, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, Telenor, and Vodafone to make RCS (Rich Communication Services) more widely available. Google has helped to launch RCS with partners in 24 countries, bringing enhanced features in your conversations like group chats, read receipts, and high quality media sharing. We will continue to work to bring better messaging to every Android user, across a broad range of devices and carriers.

Delivering a software experience that is up-to-date and secure

As we continue to see new mobile trends emerging on Android’s open platform, we also know people and businesses want more clarity and assurance that their smartphones have the latest software and security updates. Over the last year, we worked with partners to offer reliable smartphone experiences on Android for more people and business customers globally.

The Android One program represents a collaboration with manufacturers to bring devices that deliver its key attributes: faster access to the latest version of Android, regular security updates and a software design that’s intuitive and streamlined. Thanks to our partners—including Xiaomi, LG, Motorola and HMD Global—Android One activations grew 250 percent year over year. With the addition of the Nokia 9 PureView, Nokia 3.2, Nokia 4.2 and more, Android One will continue to bring people a consistent smartphone experience that’s fresh and secure.

To help businesses discover the best devices and services Android has to offer, the Android Enterprise Recommended program has validated more than 80 devices that meet elevated enterprise requirements for hardware, software and security updates. Just a few days ago, we expanded the program to include Managed Service Providers, who are mobility experts equipped to help customers build and support their Android enterprise deployments.

Android (Go edition), an optimized version of Android tailored for smartphones with 1GB of RAM or less, has helped bring the power of computing to everyone by delivering a powerful, fast and secure experience specifically optimized for entry-level smartphones. Our most recent release, Android 9 Pie (Go edition), is powering the new Nokia 1 Plus and the BLU Vivo Go. Today, over 50 percent of entry-level Android devices are now activating with Go.

Easier access to the power of AI on mobile

Alongside our partners, we’ve also brought more AI capabilities to the mobile ecosystem. Last year, we took the first step in working with LG to launch a dedicated button for the Google Assistant on its flagship devices to help people get things done on the go—whether it’s staying on top of your day or finding directions with just your voice.

This year, we’re  bringing the Google Assistant button to the full portfolio of new Android devices with LG and Nokia, including the LG G8 ThinQ and K40 and the Nokia 3.2 and 4.2. New phones from Xiaomi (including the Mi MIX 3 5G and Mi 9), TCL and Vivo (including the V15 Pro) will also launch with the Google Assistant button later this year. With these partnerships, we expect over 100 million devices to launch with a dedicated Google Assistant button.

And to support future AI-driven mobile experiences, we worked with manufacturers like Qualcomm and Mediatek to bring support for Android’s Neural Networks API and ML Kit. This integration lets phone manufacturers and app developers build faster, smarter and smoother experiences on mobile. For example, LG adopted these technologies to bring Google Lens suggestions into the camera app on the LG G8 ThinQ, allowing people to simply point the camera, and with a single tap, call or save a phone number on a takeout menu, send an email right from a flyer, or open an address in Google Maps.

Extending Digital Wellbeing tools to more devices

Last summer, Android 9 introduced a set of new tools to help you achieve the balance with technology you might be looking for. Since the release, people have told us that getting better visibility into their habits has helped them take more control over their phone usage.

Today, Digital Wellbeing is expanding to more phones beyond Pixel and Android One, starting with the new Moto G7 family. We're working with partners to bring these features to even more phones, so more people can use them to strike a better balance and focus on what matters to them the most.

AR brings Android Partner Walk to life

Every year at MWC Barcelona, we offer the Android Partner Walk, where attendees have the chance to collect character pins from our partners across the show floor. This year we decided to bring those characters to life with augmented reality. If you’re at the show, you can see and collect 3D pins using the Android Partner Walk app. This app is powered by ARCore, Google’s platform for AR experiences.

When it comes to Android, we're focused on improving smartphones in ways that help people in their day-to-day lives—and we couldn’t do this without our partners. We’re proud that Android is powering many of the most exciting trends that push what mobile is capable of, and we cannot wait to see them in the hands of people around the world.


Source: Android


Five new investments for the Google Assistant Investments program

Posted by Ilya Gelfenbeyn, Head of the Google Assistant Investments program

Last year, we announced the Google Assistant Investments program with the goal to help pioneering startups bring their ideas to life in the digital assistant ecosystem. Not only have we invested in some really great startups, we've also been working closely with these companies to make their services available to more users.

We're excited to be back to announce five new portfolio companies and catch up on the progress some of them have made this past year. With the next batch of investments, we're helping companies explore how digital assistants can improve the hospitality, insurance, fashion and education industries, and we have something for sports fans too.

Welcome to our new portfolio investments

First up, AskPorter. This London-based team was founded to make managing spaces simple, providing every property manager and occupant with a digital personal assistant. AskPorter is an AI-powered property management platform with a digital assistant called Porter. Porter assists and takes care of all aspects of property management such as guiding inspections arranging viewings, troubleshooting maintenance issues and chasing payments.

GradeSlam is an on-demand, chat-based, personalized learning and tutoring service available across all subject areas. Sessions are conducted via chat, creating a learning environment that allows students to interact freely and personally with qualified educators. The Montreal-based team is already used by more than 150,000 students, teachers and administrators.

Aiva Health puts smart speakers in hospitals and senior communities to reduce response times and improve satisfaction for patients, seniors, and caregivers alike. Aiva understands patient requests and routes them to the most appropriate caregiver so they can respond instantly via their mobile app. The Aiva platform provides centralized IoT management, powering Smart Hospitals and Smart Communities.

StyleHacks (formerly Maison Me) was founded with a goal of empowering people to take back control of their style and wardrobe. With a conversational interface and personalized AI-powered recommendations, they're helping people live their most stylish lives. The team has already launched the "StyleHacks" Action for phones and Smart Displays in December 2018, helping people decide what to wear by providing personalized recommendations based on the weather and preferences. And in the next few months, StyleHacks will also be able to help you shop for clothes you will actually wear. Just ask StyleHacks what to wear today

StatMuse turns the biggest sports stars into your own personal sports commentator. Powered by the personalities of more than 25 sports superstars including Peyton Manning, Jerry Rice and Scott Van Pelt, fans can get scores, stats and recaps for the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB dating back to 1876. To try it out, just say, "Hey Google, talk to StatMuse."

It's been almost a year since we launched the Investments program and we're happy to see how some of these companies are already using voice to broaden the Google Assistant's capabilities. If you're working on new ways for people to use their voice to get things done, or building new hardware devices for digital assistants, we'd like to hear from you.

Lost in translation? Try interpreter mode with the Google Assistant

It’s easier than ever to meet new people and explore new places—but language barriers that prevent us from talking to each other still exist. With the Google Assistant, we're focused on creating the best way to get things done—regardless of who you’re communicating with or what language you speak. To help you connect with people you’re talking to, we recently introduced a new feature called interpreter mode that translates your conversations in real time.

We’ve been piloting interpreter mode at the concierge and front desks of hotels like Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Dream Downtown in New York City and Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, where guests are using it to have free-flowing conversations with hotel staff—even if they don’t speak the same language.

If you want to test out interpreter mode but don’t have an upcoming stay at these hotels—don’t worry! You can now use this feature to translate across 26 languages from the comfort of your own home. Give it a go on Google Home devices and Smart Displays, where you’ll both see and hear the translated conversation. Simply ask your Assistant, “Hey Google, be my Thai interpreter” or “Hey Google, help me speak Spanish” to get started.

To give you an idea on how people from around the world have been using interpreter mode, let’s check out how travelers have used it at hotels to experience and navigate new destinations.

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Caesars Palace Las Vegas hosts thousands of guests each year from across the globe, and interpreter mode brings simpler, faster and more effective translation capabilities directly to their guests. Previously, if the concierge staff at Caesars Palace needed to help a non-English speaking guest, they’d have to dial their in-house translation service and pass the phone back and forth with them. Now, with interpreter mode on the Google Home Hub, concierge staff can personally provide guest recommendations in real time—leading to better service, plus quicker and easier guest transactions. In a city known for its entertainment and cuisine, guests are using the feature in languages like Spanish, Portuguese and Italian to speak with the concierge staff for help booking concerts and live theatrical performances, securing restaurant reservations, and getting directions around the Las Vegas Strip.

At Dream Downtown, the technology helps guests find exactly what they're looking for when they turn to the concierge staff for assistance. Spanish, Mandarin and French have been the three most popular languages translated, and patrons are using interpreter mode when they need to do things like check into their rooms or request amenities like towels or ice. During New York Fashion Week, a guest from France urgently needed to find supplies to complete a design project—but she only spoke a little bit of English. Using interpreter mode, she was able to translate the word “tape measure” for Dream staff, who then helped her find one at a store nearby. The guest was pleasantly surprised at how quickly she was able to get assistance—and she finished her design, right on time for the fashion show.

At Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, where the concierge team welcome numerous international guests due to the hotel’s proximity to the airport, Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin have been the top translated languages. Guests typically use the feature to get help with questions about San Francisco landmarks, tourist destinations and to discover restaurants nearby. Most recently, a Korean guest used interpreter mode to help plan out his first trip to San Francisco. Without interpreter mode, he wouldn’t have been able to take advantage of local recommendations from the concierge.

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Interpreter mode can help businesses better serve their guests through an improved customer experience. And this technology can be a helping hand wherever language barriers exist, including at hotels, airports, restaurants, customer service kiosks, organizations aiding humanitarian efforts and much more. If you’re part of a business interested in bringing this technology to your customers, we’d love to hear from you.

Romance Report: A look at love in 2019

Hearts beating with worry over a potential conversation hearts shortage, people have been on the hunt for a candy-free way to express their affection this Valentine’s Day. Looks like we’re in the clear, but  many people still turned to Google for ideas, advice, emojis and more.

To celebrate all the ways that people around the world show their love, we’re sharing our Romance Report to give you a global glimpse at how people look to say “Be Mine” in their own special way.

“What is love?”

Well, first of all, it’s one of the top questions people ask about love, according to Google Trends. But as Valentine’s Day nears, we dug into one of the other most popular questions about love since February 14 last year: “What are the 5 love languages?”

Gary Chapman’s 1995 book has caught people’s attention as they look to understand the ways in which they and their partners prefer to express love, and search interest in “love languages” is at an all time high. With that in mind, here are some of the top questions and insights about the love languages.

Let’s start with some quality time on our most searched love language (and searches are on the rise, to boot). These are the top questions related to both quality time with your S.O. since the last V-Day:

  1. How to spend quality time with your partner?

  2. How to set boundaries with your significant other for quality time?

  3. How to have more quality time with your partner?

  4. What does spending quality time with your other significant mean?

  5. What to do when your partner is touch and you are quality time?

If there’s one thing we can learn from Google Trends, it’s that words of affirmation can be hard, and people often look for advice on how to express their feelings. Here are the top searched “how to say” relationship questions:

  1. How to say sorry to your partner?

  2. How to say happy birthday to an ex?

  3. How to say happy birthday to a loved one?

  4. How to say something difficult to spouse?

  5. How to say love you to your partner?

The chocolate company in Hershey, PA isn’t the only one concerned with hugs and kisses. These expressions of physical touch (our next love language!) are on people’s minds and in their searches. “Kiss” is more searched than “hug” in every country, and on average, “kiss” is 7 times more searched than “hug” worldwide. So what are they searching for? Here are the sweet and simple questions many people ask:

Top “kiss” questions worldwide, since last Valentine’s Day:

  1. How to kiss a girl?

  2. How to kiss a guy?

  3. How to kiss someone?

  4. How to kiss a boy?

  5. How to kiss well?

Top “hug” questions worldwide, since last Valentine’s Day:

  1. How to cuddle?

  2. How to hug a girl?

  3. How to hug?

  4. What is cuddling?

  5. How to hug a guy?

With all the “gift for” searches around Valentine’s Day (the second busiest week for these searches apart from Christmas week), you’d think everyone’s love language is receiving gifts. If your partner is one of the many who appreciate a heartfelt token of admiration, or if you’ve got kids who are all about collecting Valentine’s cards, perhaps DIY is the way to go.

These are the top searched queries related to do-it-yourself and Valentines' Day in the past 12 months, worldwide:

  1. DIY valentine gifts for him

  2. DIY valentines cards

  3. DIY valentine decorations

  4. DIY valentine box

  5. DIY valentine gifts for her

At long last, we’ve reached our final (and apparently most enigmatic) love language: acts of service. Whether for him or her, near or far, these are the top searches from people looking to do a special something for their significant other:

  1. Acts of service love language ideas for her

  2. Acts of service love language ideas for him

  3. What are acts of service?

  4. Examples of acts of service

  5. Acts of service love language long distance

¡Te amo!

Saying “I love you” shouldn’t be bound by your preferred love language, or what language you speak. Every year, Google Translate sees translations spike on February 14, nearly doubling for those three simple words.  

Translations from English to Spanish top the “I love you” list. Here are the top 10 languages into which people translate that phrase:

  1. Spanish

  2. Portuguese

  3. Korean

  4. French

  5. Arabic

  6. Russian

  7. Japanese

  8. German

  9. Indonesian

  10. Simplified Chinese

Call the love doctor

When in doubt, the Google Assistant is there to help you out with translations, animal inspo and even a serenade or two.

  • To take a hint from our furry friends and learn how creatures across the animal kingdom show their affection, just say “Hey Google, tell me a fact about love.” Spoiler alert: did you know that a male penguin proposes to a female penguin by throwing the nicest rock he can find by her feet? If she picks it up, they’re engaged!

  • For some extra words of affirmation, “Hey Google, serenade me” is guaranteed to land you a love song.

  • Tell your Assistant, “Hey Google, Happy Valentine’s Day,” to learn how to say “I love you” in 8 different languages, including Korean, Mandarin, Hindi, French, Spanish, Danish, Gujarat,  and Indonesian.

  • Curious to uncover which “dynamic duo” you and your Assistant are? Just ask “Hey Google, do you love me?” and take a brief quiz to see just what kind of special bond you have with your Assistant. How sweet.

A 😍 is worth a thousand words

There’s nothing better than an emoji when words alone just aren’t enough. Whether it’s 😘,🍫, or 💘, Gboard helps you find and share the perfect emoji (or sticker, or GIF) all year long. Here are a few insights about romance and emoji from around the world:

  • We love to love: the heart-eyes emoji 😍 is the #4 most popular emoji worldwide, followed by the heart ❤️ at #5

  • It takes two: sometimes one emoji doesn’t cut it, so you gotta double up. And when we do, we’re usually feeling a bit mushy. Half of the most popular (non-repeating) emoji duos are about L-O-V-E:

    • 😍😘

    • 😘❤️

    • 😍❤️

    • ☀️😘

  • Some languages love *love* more than others: the heart ❤️ is the most-used emoji for people who type in French, Portuguese and Dutch

  • An emoji by any other word: Hindi speakers use the rose 🌹 more than any other emoji

  • Living up to the country’s romantic reputation, Italian speakers use the kiss 💋 more than any other emoji. Bacio!

Anyway, I’m off to celebrate Singles Awareness Day.

The Google Assistant is coming to Nest Secure

Let’s face it: getting out the door can be hectic sometimes. Between rushing to beat the traffic, making sure you’re dressed for the weather and running through your to-do list, there’s a lot to juggle—and we could all use a little assistance streamlining our routines.

Starting today, we’re adding a feature to Nest Secure to do just that: the Google Assistant will be available on your Nest Guard, so you can ask it questions like, “Hey Google, do I need an umbrella today?” before you set your alarm and leave the house.* Nest Guard is the brains of your Nest Secure; it contains a keypad and all the smarts that power the system. It’s usually placed in a spot with lots of traffic (like the front doorway) making it useful as you come and go.

Here are some of the ways the Google Assistant on Nest Guard can help you plan your day and keep your home safe.

  • Get real-time information: Ask for traffic conditions, your flight status and the weather before you leave for the day, so you’re prepared for what’s coming.
  • Control smart home devices easily: In addition to arming Nest Secure with your voice, you’ll now be able to initiate a Routine (for example, “Hey Google, I’m home” to turn your lights on and your Nest Thermostat up as you walk in the door), lock your Nest x Yale Lock or announce who’s at the door with Nest Hello ( Familiar Face alerts require a Nest Aware subscription and are not available on Nest Hellos used in Illinois).
  • Manage tasks: Set reminders, create calendar appointments (“Hey Google, add a meeting to my calendar”) or add items to your shopping list (“Hey Google, add milk to my shopping list.”)

The Google Assistant on Nest Guard is an opt-in feature, and as the feature becomes available to our users, they’ll receive an email with instructions on how to enable the feature and turn on the microphone in the Nest app. Nest Guard does have one on-device microphone that is not enabled by default.  

We’ve built Nest Secure around you and the way you live, so you won’t be able to disarm the system using your voice. With the Google Assistant built in, your security system is now even more helpful.

The Google Assistant is coming to Nest Secure

Let’s face it: getting out the door can be hectic sometimes. Between rushing to beat the traffic, making sure you’re dressed for the weather and running through your to-do list, there’s a lot to juggle—and we could all use a little assistance streamlining our routines.


Starting today, we’re adding a feature to Nest Secure to do just that: the Google Assistant will be available on your Nest Guard, so you can ask it questions like, “Hey Google, do I need an umbrella today?” before you set your alarm and leave the house.* Nest Guard is the brains of your Nest Secure; it contains a keypad and all the smarts that power the system. It’s usually placed in a spot with lots of traffic (like the front doorway) making it useful as you come and go.


Here are some of the ways the Google Assistant on Nest Guard can help you plan your day and keep your home safe.


  • Get real-time information: Ask for traffic conditions, your flight status and the weather before you leave for the day, so you’re prepared for what’s coming.
  • Control smart home devices easily: In addition to arming Nest Secure with your voice, you’ll now be able to initiate a Routine (for example, “Hey Google, I’m home” to turn your lights on and your Nest Thermostat up as you walk in the door), lock your Nest x Yale Lock or announce who’s at the door with Nest Hello ( Familiar Face alerts require a Nest Aware subscription and are not available on Nest Hellos used in Illinois).
  • Manage tasks: Set reminders, create calendar appointments (“Hey Google, add a meeting to my calendar”) or add items to your shopping list (“Hey Google, add milk to my shopping list.”)


The Google Assistant on Nest Guard is an opt-in feature, and as the feature becomes available to our users, they’ll receive an email with instructions on how to enable the feature and turn on the microphone in the Nest app. Nest Guard does have one on-device microphone that is not enabled by default.  


We’ve built Nest Secure around you and the way you live, so you won’t be able to disarm the system using your voice. With the Google Assistant built in, your security system is now even more helpful.