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Year in Search 2017: From Bahubali to Bitcoin

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As we bid farewell to the year and anticipate the onset of 2018, it’s that time to dwell on the year’s biggest interests, sporting events, and the flurry of questions that reflected the aspirations, thoughts and imagination of India’s online millions -- presenting our 2017 Year in Search recap.


This year, Bollywood and Cricket continued to remain the top two themes that ruled the charts. After breaking several records at box offices, India’s most expensive movie also broke language boundaries, attracting huge search interest from movie buffs across the nation: It’s no surprise that the blockbuster movie ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ topped Google’s trending searches charts this year.  This was followed by searches around the Indian Premier League and ‘Live Cricket Score’, highlighting India’s never-failing love for Cricket and making these phrases the second- and third-most trending search queries respectively. Also making it to the Top 10 list were Bollywood blockbusters Dangal and Badrinath Ki Dulhania.


From firing up emotions to getting a groove on, Bollywood songs kept the tempo high on Search. Among the top trending songs this year, Hawa Hawa from the Arjun Kapoor starrer Mubarakan crowned the charts, followed by sufi track Mere Rashke Qamar originally sung by legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and recreated by vocalist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The prevalent interest in Western music was well established with the latin hit Despacito and Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You featuring among the top trending tracks.


Sunny Leone once again featured among the top entertainers this year followed by Big Boss entrant Arshi Khan, Sapna Choudhary and YouTube singing sensation Vidya Vox. The glamor of B-town dominated the rest of the list with names like Disha Patani, Sunil Grover, and Rana Daggubati.


Google’s Year in Search 2017 also reflected the year’s top news moments that captured India’s attention: CBSE results, UP elections, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Budget featured among the trending news events. Indians were also on point with the rest of the world when it came to knowing more about Bitcoin prices or expressing interest about ransomware. Then, of course, there was India’s historic win at the Miss World ceremony, which catapulted Manushi Chhillar to international fame.


Among the top ‘What is’ queries this year, GST, Bitcoin, Jallikattu and BS3 vehicle remained the most trending themes.  And mirroring millions of real-world needs and concerns, the how-to set of queries saw users seeking answers to a range of subjects from  ‘How to link aadhaar with PAN card’ to How to buy a Jio phone to even How to remove Holi color from the face!


View the complete 2017 India-specific  lists and global trends in detail; and dive into over a thousand global top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more, from more than 75 countries.


Meanwhile, search on!

Introducing the winners of the Actions on Google Developer Challenge

Posted by Akansha Sharma, Product Marketing Manager

This past year we worked hard to make the Google Assistant better for users and developers like you, but we also wanted to find new ways to reward you for doing what you love – building great apps for the Google Assistant.

So at I/O 2017, we announced our first Actions on Google Developer Challenge encouraging you to build helpful, entertaining apps for the Assistant. Today, we're announcing the competition's winners, chosen from thousands of entries.

  • First Place: 100 Years Ago
    • What it's all about: Travel back in time 100 years and listen to an interactive radio show. Catch up on breaking news and hit songs circa 1917.
  • Second Place: Credit Card Helper
    • What it's all about: Credit Card Helper analyzes card features, customer reviews, reads the fine print and looks up Consumer Reports to help you find the best credit card offers.
  • Third Place: Planet Quiz
    • What it's all about: Learn about the solar system with this fun and educational game.

In addition to the top three prize winners, we also selected winners among various categories including "best app by students," "best parenting app," "best life hack" and more. You can read up on all of the winners' apps here. Congratulations to our winners and to all those who submitted an app as part of the contest – we can't wait for users to check them out!

Happy holidays and happy New Year. We can't wait to see what the next year has in store.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter and check out the Google Assistant developer community program to stay in the know for 2018!

Announcing Google Play’s “Best of 2017”

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As the year draws to a close, Google today announced Google Play’s most globally popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books in 2017. And specifically in India, we bring you the list of top apps, games, movies, books and music.
No one knows how far she can go better than “Moana,” as she landed the most popular movie of the year on Google Play. Strong female characters dominated this year’s movies chart with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Wonder Woman” rounding out the top three. “Game of Thrones” kept “Rick and Morty” and “The Walking Dead” at bay to claim the Iron Throne for the second year in a row as the most popular TV show. Elsewhere, Kendrick Lamar may no longer be so “HUMBLE.” after beating out Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” as Google Play’s most streamed song of 2017. Kendrick’s “DNA” also holds the number three spot on this list. Nintendo’s “Super Mario Run” was the most downloaded new game of the year, but not all bubbles were burst, as “Bubble Witch 3 Saga” was closely behind at number two. "Photo Editor - Beauty Camera & Photo Filters” was the most downloaded new app with fans touching up their favorite photos for social media.
On the home front, ‘Photo Editor - Beauty Camera & Photo Filters’ and ‘Messenger Lite’ were top trending apps, proving India’s continued love for selfies, pouts and messaging. But epic gameplay ruled the roost in the genre, with the locally-developed ‘Baahubali: The Game’ taking the title of the most popular game of the year, even trumping international tiles like WWE Champions, Super Mario Run, and Pokémon Duel. Indian authors swept the top 5 list of books with memoirs from Karan Johar, Rishi Kapoor, and Raghuram G. Rajan dominating the majority of the slots. And with Music being added this year, the drum-laden ‘Saahore Baahubali’ by M.M. Keeravaani was the most streamed song followed by the immensely hummable ‘Ik Vaari Aa’ from Arijit Singh.


We also have curated lists this year from our editors to help you find the best apps and games of 2017, such as “Socratic - Math Answers & Homework Help” and “CATS: Crash Area Turbo Stars,” respectively.
Check out Google Play’s top lists for the most popular content in 2017 below. For complete local lists, visit Google Play. You can also discover the most popular lists around the world and all our editors’ choices on the Best of 2017 section of the Play Store.


GOOGLE PLAY’S GLOBAL BEST OF 2017 LISTS
Best app of 2017
Best game of 2017


MOST POPULAR NEW APPS OF 2017


MOST POPULAR NEW GAMES OF 2017


TOP FIVE STREAMED SONGS OF 2017


TOP FIVE MOVIES OF 2017


TOP FIVE TV SHOWS OF 2017         


TOP 5 BOOKS of 2017


GOOGLE PLAY’S INDIA BEST OF 2017 LISTS
MOST POPULAR APPS OF 2017


MOST POPULAR GAMES OF 2017


TOP BOOKS OF 2017
  1. An Unsuitable Boy, by Karan Johar
  2. India 2017, by New Media Wing
  3. I Do What I Do, by Raghuram G. Rajan


TOP MOVIES OF 2017


MOST STREAMED SONGS OF 2017
  1. Saahore Baahubali, by M.M. Keeravaani
  2. Ik Vaari Aa, by  Arijit Singh
  3. Mercy, by Badshah
  4. Main Tera Boyfriend, by Arijit Singh
  5. Cheez Badi, by Neha Kakkar

Posted by Kara Bailey, Global Merchandising Director, Google Play

Learn more about the world around you with Google Lens and the Assistant

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Looking at a landmark and not sure what it is? Interested in learning more about a movie as you stroll by the poster? With Google Lens and your Google Assistant, you now have a helpful sidekick to tell you more about what’s around you, right on your Pixel.

When we introduced the new Pixel 2 last month, we talked about how Google Lens builds on Google’s advancements in computer vision and machine learning. When you combine that with the Google Assistant, which is built on many of the same technologies, you can get quick help with what you see. That means that you can learn more about what’s in front of you—in real time—by selecting the Google Lens icon and tapping on what you’re interested in.


Here are the key ways your Assistant and Google Lens can help you today:


  • Text: Save information from business cards, follow URLs, call phone numbers and navigate to addresses.
  • Landmarks: Explore a new city like a pro with your Assistant to help you recognize landmarks and learn about their history.
  • Art, books and movies: Learn more about a movie, from the trailer to reviews, right from the poster. Look up a book to see the rating and a short synopsis. Become a museum guru by quickly looking up an artist’s info and more. You can even add events, like the movie release date or gallery opening, to your calendar right from Google Lens.
  • Barcodes: Quickly look up products by barcode, or scan QR codes, all with your Assistant.


Google Lens in the Assistant will be rolling out to all Pixel phones set to English in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, India and Singapore over the coming weeks. Once you get the update, go to your Google Assistant on your phone and tap the Google Lens icon in the bottom right corner.


We can’t wait to see how Google Lens helps you explore the world around you, with the help of your Google Assistant. And don’t forget, Google Lens is also available in Google Photos, so even after you take a picture, you can continue to explore and get more information about what’s in your photo.

Posted by Ibrahim Badr, Associate Product Manager, Google Assistant

Getting your Android app ready for Autofill

Posted by Wojtek Kalicinski, Android Developer Advocate, Akshay Kannan, Product Manager for Android Authentication, and Felipe Leme, Software Engineer on Android Frameworks

Starting in Oreo, Autofill makes it easy for users to provide credit cards, logins, addresses, and other information to apps. Forms in your apps can now be filled automatically, and your users no longer have to remember complicated passwords or type the same bits of information more than once.

Users can choose from multiple Autofill services (similar to keyboards today). By default, we include Autofill with Google, but users can also select any third party Autofill app of their choice. Users can manage this from Settings->System->Languages>Advanced->Autofill service.

What's available today

Today, Autofill with Google supports filing credit cards, addresses, logins, names, and phone numbers. When logging in or creating an account for the first time, Autofill also allows users to save the new credentials to their account. If you use WebViews in your app, which many apps do for logins and other screens, your users can now also benefit from Autofill support, as long as they have Chrome 61 or later installed.

The Autofill API is open for anyone to implement a service. We are actively working with 1Password, Dashlane, Keeper, and LastPass to help them with their implementations towards becoming certified on Android. We will be certifying password managers and adding them to a curated section in the Play Store, which the "Add service" button in settings will link to. If you are a password manager and would like to be certified, please get in touch.

What you need to do as a developer

As an app developer, there are a few simple things you can do to take advantage of this new functionality and make sure that it works in your apps:

Test your app and annotate your views if needed

In many cases, Autofill may work in your app without any effort. But to ensure consistent behavior, we recommend providing explicit hints to tell the framework about the contents of your field. You can do this using either the android:autofillHints attribute or the setAutofillHints() method.

Similarly, with WebViews in your apps, you can use HTML Autocomplete Attributes to provide hints about fields. Autofill will work in WebViews as long as you have Chrome 61 or later installed on your device. Even if your app is using custom views, you can also define the metadata that allows autofill to work.

For views where Autofill does not make sense, such as a Captcha or a message compose box, you can explicitly mark the view as IMPORTANT_FOR_AUTOFILL_NO (or IMPORTANT_FOR_AUTOFILL_NO_EXCLUDE_DESCENDANTS in the root of a view hierarchy). Use this field responsibly, and remember that users can always bypass this by long pressing an EditText and selecting "Autofill" in the overflow menu.

Affiliate your website and mobile app

Autofill with Google can seamlessly share logins across websites and mobile apps ‒ passwords saved through Chrome can also be provided to native apps. But in order for this to work, as an app developer, you must explicitly declare the association between your website with your mobile app. This involves 2 steps:

Step 1: Host a JSON file at yourdomain.com/.well-known/assetlinks.json

If you've used technologies like App Links or Google Smart Lock before, you might have heard about the Digital Asset Links (DAL) file. It's a JSON file placed under a well known location in your website that lets you make public, verifiable statements about other apps or websites.

You should follow the Smart Lock for Passwords guide for information about how to create and host the DAL file correctly on your server. Even though Smart Lock is a more advanced way of signing users into your app, our Autofill service uses the same infrastructure to verify app-website associations. What's more, because DAL files are public, third-party Autofill service developers can also use the association information to secure their implementations.

Step 2: Update your App's Manifest with the same information

Once again, follow the Smart Lock for Passwords guide to do this, under "Declare the association in the Android app."

You'll need to update your app's manifest file with an asset_statements resource, which links to the URL where your assetlinks.json file is hosted. Once that's done, you'll need to submit your updated app to the Play Store, and fill out the Affiliation Submission Form for the association to go live.

When using Android Studio 3.0, the App Links Assistant can generate all of this for you. When you open the DAL generator tool (Tools -> App Links Assistant -> Open Digital Asset Links File Generator), simply make sure you enable the new checkbox labeled "Support sharing credentials between the app and website".

Then, click on "Generate Digital Asset Links file", and copy the preview content to the DAL file hosted on your server and in your app. Please remember to verify that the selected domain names and certificates are correct.

Future work

It's still very early days for Autofill in Android. We are continuing to make some major investments going forward to improve the experience, whether you use Autofill with Google or a third party password manager.

Some of our key areas of investment include:

  1. Autofill with Google: We want to provide a great experience out of the box, so we include Autofill with Google with all Oreo devices. We're constantly improving our field detection and data quality, as well as expanding our support for saving more types of data.
  2. WebView support: We introduced initial support for filling WebViews in Chrome 61, and we'll be continuing to test, harden, and make improvements to this integration over time, so if your app uses WebViews you'll still be able to benefit from this functionality.
  3. Third party app support: We are working with the ecosystem to make sure that apps work as intended with the Autofill framework. We urge you as developers to give your app a spin on Android Oreo and make sure that things work as expected with Autofill enabled. For more info, see our full documentation on the Autofill Framework.

If you encounter any issues or have any suggestions for how we can make this better for you, please send us feedback.

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

Resonance Audio: Multi-platform spatial audio at scale

Posted by Eric Mauskopf, Product Manager

As humans, we rely on sound to guide us through our environment, help us communicate with others and connect us with what's happening around us. Whether walking along a busy city street or attending a packed music concert, we're able to hear hundreds of sounds coming from different directions. So when it comes to AR, VR, games and even 360 video, you need rich sound to create an engaging immersive experience that makes you feel like you're really there. Today, we're releasing a new spatial audio software development kit (SDK) called Resonance Audio. It's based on technology from Google's VR Audio SDK, and it works at scale across mobile and desktop platforms.

Experience spatial audio in our Audio Factory VR app for Daydreamand SteamVR

Performance that scales on mobile and desktop

Bringing rich, dynamic audio environments into your VR, AR, gaming, or video experiences without affecting performance can be challenging. There are often few CPU resources allocated for audio, especially on mobile, which can limit the number of simultaneous high-fidelity 3D sound sources for complex environments. The SDK uses highly optimized digital signal processing algorithms based on higher order Ambisonics to spatialize hundreds of simultaneous 3D sound sources, without compromising audio quality, even on mobile. We're also introducing a new feature in Unity for precomputing highly realistic reverb effects that accurately match the acoustic properties of the environment, reducing CPU usage significantly during playback.

Using geometry-based reverb by assigning acoustic materials to a cathedral in Unity

Multi-platform support for developers and sound designers

We know how important it is that audio solutions integrate seamlessly with your preferred audio middleware and sound design tools. With Resonance Audio, we've released cross-platform SDKs for the most popular game engines, audio engines, and digital audio workstations (DAW) to streamline workflows, so you can focus on creating more immersive audio. The SDKs run on Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS and Linux platforms and provide integrations for Unity, Unreal Engine, FMOD, Wwise and DAWs. We also provide native APIs for C/C++, Java, Objective-C and the web. This multi-platform support enables developers to implement sound designs once, and easily deploy their project with consistent sounding results across the top mobile and desktop platforms. Sound designers can save time by using our new DAW plugin for accurately monitoring spatial audio that's destined for YouTube videos or apps developed with Resonance Audio SDKs. Web developers get the open source Resonance Audio Web SDK that works in the top web browsers by using the Web Audio API.

DAW plugin for sound designers to monitor audio destined for YouTube 360 videos or apps developed with the SDK

Model complex Sound Environments Cutting edge features

By providing powerful tools for accurately modeling complex sound environments, Resonance Audio goes beyond basic 3D spatialization. The SDK enables developers to control the direction acoustic waves propagate from sound sources. For example, when standing behind a guitar player, it can sound quieter than when standing in front. And when facing the direction of the guitar, it can sound louder than when your back is turned.

Controlling sound wave directivity for an acoustic guitar using the SDK

Another SDK feature is automatically rendering near-field effects when sound sources get close to a listener's head, providing an accurate perception of distance, even when sources are close to the ear. The SDK also enables sound source spread, by specifying the width of the source, allowing sound to be simulated from a tiny point in space up to a wall of sound. We've also released an Ambisonic recording tool to spatially capture your sound design directly within Unity, save it to a file, and use it anywhere Ambisonic soundfield playback is supported, from game engines to YouTube videos.

If you're interested in creating rich, immersive soundscapes using cutting-edge spatial audio technology, check out the Resonance Audio documentation on our developer site, let us know what you think through GitHub, and show us what you build with #ResonanceAudio on social media; we'll be resharing our favorites.

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