Tag Archives: Android Apps

Introducing Blog Compass by Google

Starting and running a blog can be a challenge even for the most experienced writers. There’s a lot to do — tracking visitor information, engaging readers, monitoring Search engine presence, not to mention finding new topics to write about. Bloggers use multiple services for these tasks, many of which don’t work well together. That’s why today we are launching Blog Compass by Google, which brings everything you need to run your blog into a single place.

The app, which is currently in open beta, is available in India for English and Hindi speaking users.

Google wants to organize the world’s information, and that means helping everyone share their voice. Blogs are an important way people can do that, and add to the vitality of the web in India and elsewhere.

Blog Compass is an app for Android that integrates with WordPress and Blogger.com, two of the largest blogging platforms in India. Once you’ve logged in with your WordPress or Blogger.com account, Blog Compass also connects to Google Analytics and Search Console, letting you see viewer numbers, traffic sources, demographic information, Google Search status, and popular Google searches that lead to your blog,

Blog Compass also analyzes your post history and the interests you tell it about. Based on this information, Blog Compass is able to provide detailed Google Trends data that is tailored to you and your blog. That can help in finding the next topic to write about. In our initial tests, we have found a majority of bloggers were able to post more often when using Blog Compass.
Blog Compass is currently in beta mode — we’re still adding features and fixing bugs based on feedback from new users. But if you are interested in helping shape the future of blogging tools in India and around the world, download the app for Android and tell us what you think!

As the product grows, we will explore support for additional blogging platforms, countries, and languages.

By Dru Knox, Product Manager, Google Search

Meet Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyone

Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. While 31% of Indian adult users video call everyday, 67% of them say that poor connectivity or dropped calls frustrates them with video calling (1).

Today, we’re releasing Google Duo — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.

Google Duo works across Android and iOS - all you need is a phone number

Simple interface
Duo is simple from start to finish. To get started, all you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list. No separate account is required, so you can sign up and start calling in just a few taps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.

Fast and reliable
We all know how it feels when a call fails to connect or when video gets choppy. We’ve built Duo to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected -- when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call. You can start your call at home, and continue seamlessly even when you head out the door.

Human design
We designed Duo to feel warm and inviting, focused on just you and the person you’re calling. To make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption, we created a feature in Duo called Knock Knock which lets you see live video of your caller before you answer, giving you a sense of what they’re up to and why they want to chat. Knock Knock makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping you connect with the person before you even pick up.

Knock Knock in Duo lets you see who’s calling before you pick up

Finally, we built Duo with an emphasis on privacy and security, and all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.

Give your friends a wave with Duo! We’re beginning to roll out Duo for Android and iOS today, and it will be live worldwide in the next few days.

Posted by Justin Uberti, Principal Software Engineer
(1) Google YouGov Survey, July 2016, India, Among 18+ online population, n=1,131