Monthly Archives: November 2019

Q&A with Sébastien Puel, general manager of Stadia’s studio in Montréal

Note from the editor: Sébastien Puel was recently named General Manager of Google’s Stadia Games and Entertainment studio in Montréal. We sat down with him for a short Q&A to gain insight into the vision he has for the studio and the gaming ecosystem as a whole. 


Q. What drew you to Stadia?
I believe in Cloud gaming and the benefits it can bring to gamers. The ability to play on any screen, without any hardware barriers, will radically change the industry in the coming years. Stadia will not only open gaming to new demographics, it will also make new types of experiences and designs possible. Stadia represents a gaming revolution and I wanted to be a part of it.

Q. Why did Google choose Montréal as a location for its first AAA studio? 
Montréal is a special place, full of creativity and originality. There is incredible passion for gaming in this city, and I’ve been fortunate to see it grow and mature. Over the years, this city produced some of the best talents and greatest games in the world. With 13,000 developers, major studios, a dense network of indys, Montréal is an industry hub. And now, for the first time, a first party studio opens. It says a lot about the ecosystem that has been built here over the years!

Q. Your first order of business as the studio’s GM is to build a team - what has been the response so far? 
The response has been truly exciting! As it appears, I’m not the only one drawn to Stadia’s mission. In just a few months, we’ve received thousands of applications for a limited number of job openings. We’ve conducted hundreds of interviews. Internally, Googlers have been coming forward to work on Stadia. We’re attracting great talent not only from Montréal, but also from around the world. We’re building a world-class team.

Q. What excites you about your role at Stadia? 
What excited me when I started my career a decade ago still holds true today - it's the opportunity to create not just games, but games that gamers will love. And as someone who has strived to do that my whole career, the journey to creating those games starts with building great culture, process and teamwork. In the end, it comes down to one thing: empowering teams. Bringing the best talents together and designing with them the best environment for creativity and success. Of course, the end result is crucial. We all want to make great games that change the world. But first and foremost, it is about ‘how’ you achieve this: the culture, the processes, the team work. A video game team is a strange beast. It is not about technology alone. And it is not all about art and design. It’s about the merging of both -- the left and right brain hemispheres working in tandem and in equal proportion. This is what is unique in the gaming industry and I am not sure I could find it anywhere else.

Q. How will you measure success? 
Games have changed a lot in the past 20 years. Success was often measured by sales and positive reviews. Now success boils down to how much of a community rallies around the content. It is about building mutual respect between the creators and a community who share the same passion for the content and gaming experiences. Our ambition is to build games that will continue to evolve and that people will keep playing in 10, 15, 20 years to come! This is the kind of success we strive for.

Q. Game creation requires creativity. How do you define creativity and how do you intend to foster it? 
I have been part of teams that have created some of the industry’s most memorable games. Creativity thrives in environments that allow new ideas to bloom and thrive: with clear goals, a lot of team ownership and a great sense of safety. This last point is very important to me. Safety allows people to speak their mind, share ideas even if they are unorthodox, voice their concerns. Safety is created by a team’s culture: how it embraces diversity, how it creates trust between its members, how failures are fully accepted as part of the creative process. With that in mind, Google is a great place to create games, as these values are part of its operating system.

Q. There’s clearly a lot of exciting work to be done. How do you make sure your team has a good work-life balance? 
I am a father of 3 kids, I am involved in my community, I love cycling, running, boxing, cross country skiing. You can do all that and be a game developer! There has been incredible progress done about work-life balance in studios since their inception 20+ years ago, and I think it is especially true in the big studios in Montréal. Processes and cultures have matured. Work life balance is a critical part of Google - and now Stadia’s - culture.

Go West! Google provides free digital skills training to Perth and Rockingham communities

Grow with Google has wrapped up 2019 by taking the free digital skills program to Perth and Rockingham for the first time.

First up, we ran workshops in Herne Hill at the local Swan Settlers Market on the outskirts of Perth where 100 local business owners and entrepreneurs picked up new skills and tips on things like how to grow their presence online, be found by new customers, and gain insights into their customers’ needs. We also ran sessions for local job seekers, teachers and students.

Caption: Attendees from our afternoon Digital Springboard session taking a quick break from the content 

A big thank you to West Australian Senator Matt O'Sullivan who represented Federal Member for Pearce and Attorney-General Christian Porter in officially opening the event. And to local caterers Little Lamonts, Mr Cannolo, Perth Bells and Juice Station for providing the sustenance throughout the day and local baristas from The Black Moustache Coffee Co. who provided the caffeine hits! 

From there we headed down the highway to Rockingham (aka “Rocko”) for sessions with another 80 business owners - and were joined by local Federal Member for Brand and Shadow Minister for Trade Madeleine King MP.

Caption: Madeleine King MP talks to Rockingham locals about the importance of digital skills 
It was great hearing feedback from locals at both events that they picked up something new - even though they were all at different stages in the digital journey.

A report released by AlphaBeta in September found that Google’s advertising and productivity platforms were helping more than a million Aussie businesses and had helped deliver business benefits of $35 billion so far this year - including supporting 13,300 West Australian jobs through our economic activity.

As we wrap up 2019 and reflect on what we’ve done and where we’ve been, we’re so thrilled to have worked with so many wonderful communities across Australia to learn and share new digital skills that will help people grow their businesses, careers and lives.

And we passed an important milestone, too, with Google now having trained more than half a million Aussies through our travelling digital skills workshops and other STEM outreach and curriculum support we are providing through the education system.

But there’s still much to do! We can’t wait to get back out on the road in 2020 to visit even more communities in all corners of the country, so that we’re supporting future jobs, economic growth and prosperity in Australia.

While the events have wrapped up for 2019, you can still access tips and resources online at http://g.co/GrowAustralia

A big thank you to the communities, business chambers, government agencies, the Walkley Foundation and the Google team who helped make Grow with Google a great success this year. See you in 2020!

Posted by Rebecca Mason, Grow with Google program lead, Google Australia 

Caption: Another 'first!' - Perth saw us welcome our first furry, four-legged friend to one of our digital skills workshops.

Google Startup Week Lagos – helping Launchpad Accelerator Africa startups take their businesses global

This week, we witnessed a number of Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa startups take several steps closer to achieving their goals. Class 4 of Launchpad Accelerator Africa graduated in Lagos at the first-ever Google Startup Week in Nigeria, while select Launchpad Accelerator Africa alumni had a chance to pitch for funding from some of Africa & the UK’s top venture capitalists (VCs). The event featured startups from across Africa.

The alumni, from classes 1, 2 and 3, are fresh out of a three-month Google for Startups UK Africa Immersion Programme in London. This is a 12-week immersion programme designed to bring the best of Google and the London startup ecosystem to tech companies from Africa that do not yet have a presence in the UK.

Google for Startups UK Africa, in partnership with Launchpad Accelerator Africa, aims to connect high potential early-stage startups with dedicated support to help them take their startup to the next level.

Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa focuses on working with startups that are setting out to tackle some of Africa’s biggest challenges. It’s built into the selection process. As Launchpad Accelerator Africa, we believe African companies can solve Africa’s problems, and we want to help them do that.

Every year, Africa’s economic growth continues to strengthen. Google for Startups has put its weight behind supporting the continent’s startups as they continue to build great products and tackle key global social issues. This is an incredibly exciting space, which is very relevant to UK ecosystem and investors.

During Google Startup Week Lagos, the Launchpad Accelerator Africa team also celebrated the graduation of Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class 4, which comprises 12 startups from six countries, addressing six different sectors. Between them, they have raised $4.3m, created over 300 jobs and signed up over 110 000 users. These companies had collectively raised in excess of $600 000 before the programme, and have been able to use Launchpad Accelerator Africa to scale their businesses to new levels.

Google Startup Week Lagos was particularly special for me because it provided an opportunity for participants from all 4 classes get a chance to meet, engage with each other, and share their experiences for the first time.

Since Launchpad Accelerator Africa was first announced in late 2017, the programme has worked with 47 startups on their growth journey. These companies have raised millions of dollars in investments and created hundreds of jobs across the continent.
All the selected startups receive working space, and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley, and Africa. Participants also receive travel and PR support during each three-month programme.

The Class 4 startups graduating at Google Startup Week Lagos, in alphabetical order, are: 
  • Afara Partners (Nigeria): Afara Partners offers platforms that provide services to the financially underserved/excluded.
  • BrandBook (South Africa): BrandBook is a mobile app that incentivises users to take a picture of their receipts, allowing it to harvest consumer purchase behaviour across all channels.
  • Elewa (Kenya): Elewa is a toolkit for establishing scalable high-quality training programs within existing education- or professional institutions.
  • Eversend (Uganda): Eversend is a multi-currency e-wallet that allows you to exchange, spend and send money at the best possible rates. It also includes insurance, virtual debit cards, and bill payments.
  • OZÉ (Ghana): OZÉ brings African small businesses into the digital era, equipping their owners to make data-driven decisions to improve their performance and access capital. 
  • Phenomenal Technologies (Zimbabwe): Phenomenal Technologies offers low-cost field excursions for learners through virtual reality. 
  • REACH (Nigeria): REACH recognises, categorises and interprets transaction data from SMS and other sources, making this data available as individual financial and market insights.
  • Sortd (South Africa): Sortd aims to re-invent email with the world's first All-in-One productivity suite for Gmail and GSuite.
  • TradeBuza (Nigeria): The TradeBuza is a cloud-based web and mobile application, which digitises contract farming and trade.
  • Tulaa (Kenya): Tulaa is an online-to-offline marketplace for smallholder farmers in Africa.
  • XEND (Nigeria) : XEND allows users to make and receive payments, offline or online.
  • WorkPay (Kenya): WorkPay is a cloud-based employee management and payment solution using the power of mobile and biometrics.


London Immersion Africa Startups:
  • 54gene (Nigeria) - African DNA makes up only 2% of genetic research material used in pharmaceutical research. Founded in 2019, 54gene is creating the world’s first and largest pan-African biobank. 
  • Fieldinsight (Nigeria) - Fieldinsight helps to collect data in a structured manner using mobile and IoT devices. It then aggregates and represents this data through visualisations to help businesses make the best decisions.
  • Kwara (Kenya) - Kwara powers financial cooperatives with technology so they can meet their members needs instantly.
  • OkHi (Kenya) - 4 billion people across emerging markets do not have a physical address, costing economies $175bn a year. Based in Nairobi, OkHi creates digital addresses for people, which they can use (for free) to access reliable business services. 
  • Paps (Senegal) - Paps is an African logistics startup focused on the last mile delivery and domestic markets, with strong client care orientation, allowing live tracking, intelligent address systems and automatic dispatch.
  • Piggyvest (Nigeria) - Piggyvest is an automated savings and investments platform that helps Nigerians save little amounts of money periodically, and then invest those funds for competitive returns.
  • PayGo Energy (Kenya) - PayGo Energy’s connected home gas meter links to a global IoT-based infrastructure for cooking gas delivery within high-density, high-demand urban communities — changing the entire cooking experience for households and unlocking access to clean cooking for a billion people.
  • ThankUCash (Nigeria) - ThankUCash is an analytics and rewards platform built to enable banks and businesses in Africa to acquire, reward and retain loyal customers.
  • Thrive Agric (Nigeria) - Thrive Agric provides farmers with access to finance, data-driven advisory and access to a market upon harvest.
  • Voyc (South Africa) - Voyc is on a mission to accelerate the world's transition towards customer-centricity by making it easy for companies to understand their customers.
Posted by Onajite Emerhor and Fola Olatunji-David, Launchpad Accelerator Africa leads

Helping families in Africa stay safe online

At Google we take online safety very seriously. Educating children on how to be safe and behave wisely online is a priority for us. It’s a responsibility we have willingly embraced, and one that is shared by government, non-profit organizations, the education community and other stakeholders. This is why the annual Web Rangers Africa Summit is important to us, because it brings together learners, teachers, policy-makers, nonprofits and private companies to discuss and find creative solutions on how to scale digital literacy programmes so that more young people and families are empowered with the right information to protect themselves online. 



At the 2019 Web Rangers Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya, we brought together Web Ranger students from South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, as well as more than 30 of our online safety partners. Over the course of the 2-day summit we discussed the importance of and plans for making information and online safety curriculums easily accessible in schools and to families. We also shared the status of ongoing efforts to expand the Web Rangers program, as well as plans to team up with the Kenya Film Classification Board and the Nigerian National Orientation Agency in 2020 to kickoff a Digital Parenting program aimed at educating guardians, teachers and families on online tools that bring families together to learn, have fun and be safe online.


This year, apart from the Summit, we have advanced our goals to educate and build more awareness on the subject of online safety through roadshows and government partnerships. In October, we partnered with the Cape Town Science Centre to provide grants to local organisations in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa to deliver safety roadshows to students, parents and teachers. Over 36 000 students, 2 500 parents and 1 400 teachers have been trained as a result of this program.

In Nigeria, we partnered with the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council to integrate a new online safety curriculum into the national syllabus for primary and secondary schools, with a goal of reaching 56 million learners (year on year) once it is fully integrated into the school system. Similarly, in South Africa, we are partnering with the Western Cape Education Department to pilot online safety curriculum integration in public high schools in the province. The pilot involves schools in the Cape Winelands and Metro South districts. In Kenya, we have collaborated with CODE-IP Trust, the Ministry of Youth and the Kenya Scouts Association to bring Web Rangers to over 55 000 students countrywide.



With more people and children in Africa coming online, the goal to provide education to help them protect themselves is no longer discretionary but a mandate. While the journey towards achieving this end goal is still far, we’re proud to see the impact being achieved by what has been done already. In the words of Harvard professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, “...small wins, small projects, small differences often make huge differences".

Posted by Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda, Head, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Sub Saharan Africa




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Titre : Aider les familles africaines à surfer sur Internet en toute sécurité

Chez Google nous prenons très au sérieux la sécurité sur Internet. Sensibiliser les enfants à la sécurité sur Internet et les aider à adopter un comportement adapté constitue une priorité pour nous. C’est une responsabilité que nous sommes prêts à assumer et que nous partageons avec le gouvernement, les organisations à but non lucratif, la communauté éducative et d’autres acteurs. En cela, lévénement annuel du Web Rangers Africa Summit est important pour nous : il rassemble des apprenants, des enseignants, des décideurs politiques, des organisations à but non lucratif et des entreprises privées dans le but d’échanger et de trouver des solutions innovantes sur la façon d’étendre les programmes d'apprentissage numérique. L'objectif est qu’un plus grand nombre de jeunes et de familles disposent des informations nécessaires pour aller sur Internet en toute sécurité.

Lors de l’édition 2019 du Web Rangers Summit qui s’est tenue à Nairobi, au Kenya, nous avons réuni des étudiants participant au programme Web Rangers, qui étaient originaires d’Afrique du Sud, du Nigeria et du Kenya, ainsi que plus de 30 partenaires dans le domaine de la sécurité en ligne. Au cours de ce sommet de deux jours, nous avons expliqué l’importance de rendre l’information et les programmes de sécurité en ligne facilement accessibles dans les écoles et de les diffuser auprès des familles, et présenté des projets dans ce sens. Nous avons aussi fait le point sur les actions en cours pour étendre le programme Web Rangers, ainsi que sur le projet de s’associer au Kenya Film Classification Board et à la Nigerian National Orientation Agency en 2020. Ce partenariat a pour but de lancer un programme d’éducation parentale au numérique avec pour objectif de sensibiliser les tuteurs, les enseignants et les familles aux outils en ligne, lesquels rassemblent les familles pour apprendre, s’amuser et surfer en ligne en toute sécurité.

Cette année, outre le Sommet, nous avons réalisé une partie de nos objectifs d’éducation et de sensibilisation en matière de sécurité sur Internet grâce à des tournées de présentation et à des partenariats avec les gouvernements. Au mois d’octobre, en association avec le Centre des sciences du Cap nous avons octroyé des financements à des organisations locales au Kenya, au Nigeria et en Afrique du Sud pour organiser des tournées d’information sur la sécurité à l’intention des élèves, des parents et des enseignants. Plus de 36 000 élèves, 2 500 parents et 1 400 enseignants ont été formés grâce à ce programme.

Au Nigeria, nous avons établi un partenariat avec le Conseil nigérian pour la recherche et le développement en éducation visant à intégrer un nouveau programme de sécurité sur Internet dans les programmes nationaux des écoles primaires et secondaires, avec l’objectif d’atteindre 56 millions d’apprenants (d’une année sur l’autre) une fois le programme pleinement intégré au système scolaire. De même, en Afrique du Sud, nous travaillons en partenariat avec le Département de l’éducation du Cap-Occidental pour mettre en place une action pilote d’intégration du programme sur la sécurité en ligne dans les établissements secondaires publics de la province. Le projet pilote concerne des écoles des districts de Cape Winelands et de Metro South. Au Kenya, nous avons travaillé en collaboration avec l’organisation CODE-IP, le Ministère de la Jeunesse et l’Association des Scouts du Kenya pour faire passer le nombre de Web Rangers à plus de 55 000 dans tout le pays.

En raison du nombre croissant d’internautes, jeunes et adultes que compte l’Afrique, il est désormais impératif de les aider à se protéger des risques d'Internet. Même si nous sommes encore loin de nos objectifs, nous sommes fiers de voir l’impact des actions menées à ce jour. Pour reprendre les mots du professeur de Rosabeth Moss Kanter, professeur à Harvard, : « les petites victoires, les petits projets, les petites différences font souvent d’énormes différences ».

Poste par Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda, Responsable, Affaires gouvernementales et politiques publiques, Afrique subsaharienne

My Path to Google – Steven Claunch, Associate Product Marketing Manager

Welcome to the 41st installment of our blog series “My Path to Google.” These are real stories from Googlers, interns, and alumni highlighting how they got to Google, what their roles are like, and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.

Today’s post is all about Steven Claunch. Read on!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, which is where my love of Cuban food, sunshine, and underperforming professional sports team stems from. For college, I attended the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied Communications and Consumer Psychology, while grappling with the novel concepts of seasons and snow.

Outside of work (and sometimes while at work, don't tell my manager ?), I love to watch/play basketball, listen to podcasts (highly recommend Invisibilia and Freakonomics), and travel.

Work from ball pit.
What’s your role at Google?
I'm an Associate Product Marketing Manager (APMM) within Brand Studio. We're an interesting little part of Google because we operate like an in-house creative agency. Overall, we work on a range of different brand projects, from the About site, to Year in Search, to the Helpfulness campaign

I love the wide variety of stuff we get to work on. It keeps things interesting and means that we're always getting outside of our comfort zones.

Complete the following: "I [choose one: code/create/design/build] for..." 
I create for those who need a little of their faith in humanity (and technology) restored :)

What inspires you to come in every day?
A lot of things inspire me at Google—I mean, even last month, we announced that we achieved quantum supremacy. While I'm still not totally sure I know what that actually means, it's pretty amazing to be at a place where the boundaries of what's possible are being questioned and transcended each day.
Steven giving his mom a tour of Google campus and a peek at an early Street View car.
Can you tell us about your decision to enter the process?
Honestly, I didn't know Google had jobs for people who weren't software engineers, so it wasn't even on my radar until junior year of college. Around then, I heard about the BOLD internship through a program for disabled folks I was a part of called Lime Connect.

At the time, I was pretty discouraged because I'd had very little luck with getting internships (SO many form letter rejection emails!), so I didn't think I had much of a chance with a place like Google. Thankfully, I applied anyway.

Editors note: We're partnering with Lime Connect to offer scholarships to students with disabilities who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in the U.S. or Canada.The Google Lime Scholarship is accepting applications through Dec 5th.

How did the recruitment process go for you?
Like all other BOLD interns, I applied online. One interesting thing I like to call out is that I actually ranked Marketing as my first choice, but ended up getting matched to a People Operations (POps AKA Google HR) internship role. Although it wasn't what I had in mind, I'm so glad that I took that opportunity and got my foot in the door.

One quick story—on my first day as an intern, I got terribly lost on my way into work. Despite having practiced the bike route multiple times, I guess my nervousness got the best of me that day. Long story short, I got to Noogler orientation super late...and drenched in sweat, but thankfully, everyone was very friendly and understanding. 
Steven on his first day, post bike ride.
What do you wish you’d known when you started the process?
I wish I'd known how important it is to ask follow-up questions in the interviews. Back then, I was so nervous that I'd often just jump straight into answering the interview question instead of taking some time to gather my thoughts and ask some clarifying questions.

Can you tell us about the resources you used to prepare for your interview or role?
I did a lot of Google searching to see if I could find any general advice from others who'd already been through the process. One of the most helpful things I learned was the CAR method for interviews (context --> action --> result).

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring Googlers?
Lead with data. Whether it's on your resume, in an interview, or even at school or in your current job, it's amazing how much more impact you can have when you back up your statements with tangible evidence.

On resumes, really try to think about the unique impact you made in each position and how you can prove that. Don't just list out your job descriptions or responsibilities!

In interviews, talk about the positive outcomes that you've been able to achieve, not just the actions you took. This can really help you stand out, and it shows the interviewer that you're thinking about the bigger picture.

Attention holiday shoppers: Black Friday help from Google

Midnight turkey sandwiches, leftover pie for breakfast, a leisurely walk around the block—these are the ideal moments in my day after Thanksgiving. But if you’re like me and the millions of Americans who participate in Black Friday and Cyber Monday every year, chances are you’re also looking out for deals ahead of the holiday season. In fact, I hear that online shopping sales are expected to growup to 18 percent this year, and smartphone use for holiday shopping is rising—increasing by 11 percent since 2017.

Good news: Google has you covered across your holiday shopping needs, from making your list, checking it twice, finding out the best deals, and keeping an eye on each package arrivals. 

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Find the best prices and places to buy

With the recently redesigned Google Shopping, you can track prices for that espresso machine you’ve been keeping your eye on (and much more). Simply find the product you want, toggle “track price,” and you’ll receive a notification by phone or email when the price of that item drops. Plus, when you buy directly on Google we’ll offset the carbon emissions created from shipping your order.

If you’re committed to shopping local or worried about the shipping deadline, Google Shopping also lets you filter for nearby products, so you can find local stores that carry what you need and see whether they have it in stock. 

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Some of our Made by Google products have Black Friday deals this year

Check out the deals on the latest tech from Google

How about some shiny new tech for your Secret Santa? Check out the Google Store for these deals (also at select U.S. retailers):

  • Say it with a (very) smart phone: From November 24th through December 2nd, get $200 off an unlocked Pixel 4 and 4XL on the Google Store.
  • Give the gift of better Wi-Fi: From November 28th through December 4th, save $40 on Nest Wifi, our newest Wi-Fi router and point which comes in three chic colors ($229).
  • Help the new homeowner, parent, or caretaker in your life: From November 28th through December 4th, get $40 off Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam Outdoor, and $80 off Nest Hello.
  • Bring the party with whole-home audio: From November 28th through December 4th, save $20 on Nest Mini.
  • Stay organized, connected, and inspired in the kitchen: Save $30 on Nest Hub Max—and enjoy this exclusive bread pudding recipe from Ayesha Curry on Google Assistant displays.
  • Stuff all of the stockings: From November 28th through December 4th, get $10 off Chromecast and $20 off Chromecast Ultra.

Keep track of your deliveries (and spread cheer!)

When you’re expecting more packages than usual, keeping track of each delivery can prove to be stressful. Should you stay and wait for it? What happens if you miss it? With a Nest Aware subscription Nest Hello can alert you when a package arrives, so if it’s an important item you can enlist some help from a neighbor (or, for parents, intercept it before your child discovers an early gift from Santa). 

And starting today you can get a festive Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, or wintry ringtone for your Nest Hello. Whenever someone's at your door, they’ll hear some holiday cheer—including the person delivering your packages.

Stay zen through the shopping frenzy

Remain calm, cool and collected throughout the midnight madness on Black Friday with help from the Digital Wellbeing features on your Pixel devices. 

  • Set a time limit on specific apps and sites so your day isn’t consumed by online shopping. When the timer runs out, the app or website is paused for the rest of the day. 

  • Snooze alerts that are distracting and focus on the important ones. If you use an app to track discounts and sales, you can prioritize those notifications so you don’t spend extra time wading through notifications and hunting for the deals you want. 

  • A nighttime shopping habit can interfere with your sleep. Set Wind Down mode to silence notifications from shopping apps or social media, put your screen into grayscale to signal it’s time for bed, and avoid a night of insomnia.

  • And when it is time to wake up for those midnight deals or early morning lines, try the Sunrise Alarm feature on Pixel and Pixel Stand so even in the dead of winter, you can wake up more easily with “sunshine.” 

We wish you great deals, easy shopping, and minimal stress this holiday season.

Source: Android


100 Years of Bauhaus on Google Arts & Culture

Even if you’ve never heard of the Bauhaus movement, you’ve probably seen its influence all around you. From traffic signs to office furniture, the legendary design school changed the way our world looks and functions.  

One hundred years after the movement began in Germany, we’re still surrounded by Bauhaus ideas about art, technology and craftsmanship, which are reflected in Google Arts & Culture's newest collection—"Bauhaus Everywhere". The collection came together in partnership with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in Germany—as part of our multi-year digitization collaboration—and six other partners including the IIT Institute of Design or the Guggenheim Museum.

Bauhaus design aimed to improve people's lives through functional design. Well-known members of the school, such as its founder Walter Gropius, the controversial Hannes Meyer or Gunta Stölzl, as one of many female designers and artists, have a lasting influence on architecture, furniture design and even typefaces

This project digitizes over 10,000 objects, offers virtual tours of iconic buildings and exhibits over 400 artworks captured with our Art Camera. The result is over 45 online exhibitions curated by our seven partners featuring icons like the world known tubular steel armchair or imagery of “Africa's Finest Campus” and the (perhaps unexpectedly) best selling bauhaus design, wallpaper

There are also unique insights into the everyday student life of Bauhaus including the renowned Bauhaus parties and the forward thinking empowerment of women. And, because the school’s design principles spread far beyond Germany and Europe, we’ve created a Google Earth Voyager Tour to show how people as far away as Japan, India or Brazil were inspired by Bauhaus. 

New shapes, materials and approaches to construction made Bauhaus proposals stand out. Its architectural designs  were especially known for their avantgarde approach. But many of these bold building plans stayed just that, and were never actually constructed. In collaboration with experts from the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, the collection contains buildings that had only ever existed on paper and in the minds of their creators. 

Together we assembled archival sketches, scribbles and vague descriptions to create augmented reality models of three visionary structures. In the Google Arts & Culture app anyone can now explore “Round House” by Carl Fieger, “BAMBOS” by Marcel Breuer and “Court House” by Eduard Ludwig from inside and outside. 

László Moholy-Nagy, a teacher at the Bauhaus, put it this way: "Design is not a profession, design is an attitude." We hope you’ll see that the Bauhaus attitude is not just everywhere but, through this exhibit, also for everyone. 


Chrome Beta for Android Update

Hi everyone! We've just released Chrome Beta 79 (79.0.3945.56) 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

Beta Channel Update for Desktop

The beta channel has been updated to 79.0.3945.56 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.


A full list of changes in this build is available in the log. Interested in switching release channels?  Find out how here. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. The community help forum is also a great place to reach out for help or learn about common issues.


Krishna Govind
Google Chrome

3 things to know about Jetpack from Android Dev Summit 2019

Posted by Jisha Abubaker, Product Manager

Last month’s #AndroidDevSummit was jam-packed with announcements and technical news...so much that we wouldn’t be surprised if you missed something. So all this month, we’ll be diving into key areas from throughout the summit so you don’t miss anything. We previously spotlighted Jetpack Compose, Kotlin and Android Studio, and today, we’re highlighting the rest of Android Jetpack, with the top three things you should know:

#1: A number of new & updated Jetpack libraries ready to use:

WorkManager 2.2 (Stable) has landed significant updates in the last releases with features like on-demand initialization improving app startup time when using WorkManager and improved testing support. Hear more of the new features and best practices.

Room 2.2 (Stable) is packed with features you asked for too : pre-packaged databases, improved relationship support and now better support for Kotlin Flow as well. Check out the What’s new in Room session to catch up.

Benchmarking (Stable) helps you measure the performance of tasks in your app with confidence. Here’s a deep dive on how you can exercise the library in fighting performance regressions in CI, like we do ourselves for Jetpack libraries and Compose.

LiveData w/ support for Kotlin coroutines & Flow (RC) : Kotlin coroutines and Flows has been the Android developer community’s interest in simplify async patterns in your apps. Learn how best to take advantage of the liveData builder in your app:

View binding (Beta) is type-safe solution bundled with Android Studio 3.6 Beta with minimal build-time impact, no more findViewById(), no more annotation processors. Check out What’s new in Studio for a demo !

#2: We’re busy baking more libraries

CameraX (Alpha) simplifies the development experience and lets you focus on your app instead by addressing the differences between the many devices in the Android ecosystem, like Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, Motorola, LG who are already unifying behind CameraX. Expected in Beta soon, learn what the Camera team has been up to since I/O 2019.

Security (Alpha) helps you simplify data at rest encryption for your app needs. Hear of best practices with encryption on Android from the Security library team.

#3:It’s time to migrate to androidx!

With all the new and updated Jetpack libraries and upcoming release of Jetpack Compose, it is time to get your app updated and ready. Nick and Tiem share a great step by step plan and best practices from the community in migrating to androidx namespace.

...and we also heard from you!

But Android Dev Summit isn’t just about what we’ve got to say; it’s also about you telling us what you’d like to see worked on to make your life easier. And this year, one thing that we heard strongly from our community was the need to provide a simplified Dependency injection developer experience for Jetpack libraries and expand improved Kotlin support to other Jetpack libraries! We’re on it!

You can find the entire playlist of Jetpack sessions at the Android Dev Summit sessions and videos here. We’ll continue to spotlight other areas later this month, so keep an eye out and follow AndroidDevelopers on Twitter. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of this experience with you!