Express yourself with Gboard for Android’s newest features

Today, Gboard for Android is getting a bunch of fresh new features. You’ll get access to emoji and GIF suggestions while you type, improved voice typing, more keyboard themes, as well as access to Google Translate. In addition, search features including web, GIF, and emoji search are now available in right-to-left languages on Gboard.

Try new ways to get your point across. Now as you type, you’ll see emojis and GIF searches in the suggestion strip to help you express yourself in new (and more fun!) ways. You can now share GIFs in supported apps such as Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Hangouts and Allo.

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Speak up. Voice typing is now easier than ever with an updated interface to make it seamless to switch back to regular typing.

Select your style. To liven up your keyboard, you can choose new scenic views as your backdrop. To access, go to Gboard settings and select theme or press on the Theme icon in the quick features menu in the suggestion strip. We will be offering more themes more often from now on, so make sure to keep checking back.

Say hola. Whether you’re texting a friend who speaks another language or just want to express yourself in a different tongue, just click the Translate icon within the quick feature menu. That’ll jumpstart Google Translate in your keyboard, instantly translating words and phrases as you type.

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Search and share. Now for the first time in right-to-left languages (think Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi), you can tap on the arrow or the G in the suggestion strip and get access to new search features, including web, GIF and emoji. 👍

To test drive these updates to Gboard for Android yourself, head to the Google Play Store and make sure you’re running the latest version of the app.

Improvements to searching for special characters in programming languages

For those seeking answers to technical queries, Google just upped its search game. Now for queries containing sequences of 2-3 special characters such as [== vs ===] and [+=], Google will return results on the meaning of these sequences in programming languages.

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For example, if you’re searching for the meaning of [c++17], you will get results for the well-known programming language instead of c17, which brings up a Boeing airplane. Additionally, organization and product names that include punctuation, such as She++ and Notepad++, will return more accurate results.

Whether you’re a student looking to learn the basics of computer science or an engineer at a tech company, Google is now an even better resource to find information about various programming languages. We’ll continue to improve the experience over time for our fellow programmers and tech lovers out there because after all, we’re techies, too!

Did you know…Google Search now has easy-to-find fun facts?

Did you know a cat can’t chew big pieces of food because their jaw can’t move sideways? Or that hamsters got their name from the German word “hamstern” which means to hoard? And how do we know this? Starting today on Google Search, you can find fun facts about living creatures from around the world, making you the most interesting person at the dinner party or the reigning champ at trivia. Head to Google, ask for a fun fact about something (think plants, animals, fruits and veggies), and ta-da! A trivia tidbit is delivered right at the top of your search results.

For the animal lovers out there, fun facts might be man’s (new) best friend. It might surprise you to learn that dogs have three eyelids to help protect and keep their eyes from drying out. Or for the arachnophobes out there: The venom of the black widow spider is apparently 15 times more potent than a rattlesnake’s. The animal kingdom is chock full of wild facts and even wilder beasts!

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For those of you still finding a reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or perhaps looking to make up for yesterday), stop and smell some fun facts about flowers. Did you know that light red carnations represent admiration, while dark red denotes deep love and affection? Or that the Ancient Greeks considered the violet to be a symbol of love and fertility and was an essential ingredient for love potions? A quick search may come in handy before you buy your blooms.

If you’re trying to convince the little ones in your life to eat healthy, fun facts about fruits and veggies are sure to please. After all, who knew that strawberries actually aren’t berries at all? Or that the inner temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air? That’s sure to put your brain in a pickle.

These are just a few of the fun facts out there for you to find on Google. And here’s a pro-tip for the trivia lovers out there: Some queries have multiple facts, one of which we randomly display when searched. So if you’re interested in learning more, just hit refresh and another fact may surface. Enjoy your fact finding!

Did you know…Google Search now has easy-to-find fun facts?

Did you know a cat can’t chew big pieces of food because their jaw can’t move sideways? Or that hamsters got their name from the German word “hamstern” which means to hoard? And how do we know this? Starting today on Google Search, you can find fun facts about living creatures from around the world, making you the most interesting person at the dinner party or the reigning champ at trivia. Head to Google, ask for a fun fact about something (think plants, animals, fruits and veggies), and ta-da! A trivia tidbit is delivered right at the top of your search results.

For the animal lovers out there, fun facts might be man’s (new) best friend. It might surprise you to learn that dogs have three eyelids to help protect and keep their eyes from drying out. Or for the arachnophobes out there: The venom of the black widow spider is apparently 15 times more potent than a rattlesnake’s. The animal kingdom is chock full of wild facts and even wilder beasts!

cats.800height.png

For those of you still finding a reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day (or perhaps looking to make up for yesterday), stop and smell some fun facts about flowers. Did you know that light red carnations represent admiration, while dark red denotes deep love and affection? Or that the Ancient Greeks considered the violet to be a symbol of love and fertility and was an essential ingredient for love potions? A quick search may come in handy before you buy your blooms.

If you’re trying to convince the little ones in your life to eat healthy, fun facts about fruits and veggies are sure to please. After all, who knew that strawberries actually aren’t berries at all? Or that the inner temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air? That’s sure to put your brain in a pickle.

These are just a few of the fun facts out there for you to find on Google. And here’s a pro-tip for the trivia lovers out there: Some queries have multiple facts, one of which we randomly display when searched. So if you’re interested in learning more, just hit refresh and another fact may surface. Enjoy your fact finding!

Woo your pango-love with Google’s latest Doodle game

Editor’s note: Pangolins are the most poached and trafficked mammal in the world. We hope that by playing this Doodle game, you can learn a bit more about these wonderful creatures. To get more information and see how you can help, check out this page on the World Wildlife Fund site.

This Valentine’s Day, we’re telling the tale of two long-distance loves who have been struck by Cupid’s arrow. Writing love letters to each other from far-off places, these pangolins know in their hearts that they’re scaly soulmates. What better day to meet for their first date than the most romantic day of the year?

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To ensure this first date goes off without a hitch, one pangolin journeys around the world to learn how to best romance its partner. In today’s Doodle game, you’ll go on the same journey. Who knows? You might learn a thing or two as well.

First, the pangolin travels to Ghana to meet a friend, who teaches the fine art of making a chocolate cake. After all, everyone knows the way to pangolin’s heart is through its stomach!

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Next the pangolin ventures to India where its musical pal shows how to construct a lovely melody that’s sure to touch the heart of its beloved. To express its love, the pangolin writes a sweet tune that’s sure to make the heart sing!

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In China, the pangolin learns to dance. By collecting colorful fans and following the rhythm of its heart, the pangolin lets its dance moves do the talking.

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On its final quest, the pangolin journeys to the Philippines to learn how to build a beautiful bouquet. This flower arrangement is sure to warm the home and the heart of its pangolove.

Once our pangolin heroes have found their hearts’ desire, show your own Valentine they’re the king or queen of hearts by sharing your score when the game is complete. After all, Valentine’s festivities are always sweeter when they’re shared!

Woo your pango-love with Google’s latest Doodle game

Editor’s note: Pangolins are the most poached and trafficked mammal in the world. We hope that by playing this Doodle game, you can learn a bit more about these wonderful creatures. To get more information and see how you can help, check out this page on the World Wildlife Fund site.

This Valentine’s Day, we’re telling the tale of two long-distance loves who have been struck by Cupid’s arrow. Writing love letters to each other from far-off places, these pangolins know in their hearts that they’re scaly soulmates. What better day to meet for their first date than the most romantic day of the year?

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To ensure this first date goes off without a hitch, one pangolin journeys around the world to learn how to best romance its partner. In today’s Doodle game, you’ll go on the same journey. Who knows? You might learn a thing or two as well.

First, the pangolin travels to Ghana to meet a friend, who teaches the fine art of making a chocolate cake. After all, everyone knows the way to pangolin’s heart is through its stomach!

cake couple

Next the pangolin ventures to India where its musical pal shows how to construct a lovely melody that’s sure to touch the heart of its beloved. To express its love, the pangolin writes a sweet tune that’s sure to make the heart sing!

india

In China, the pangolin learns to dance. By collecting colorful fans and following the rhythm of its heart, the pangolin lets its dance moves do the talking.

love_card_dance_420px.png

On its final quest, the pangolin journeys to the Philippines to learn how to build a beautiful bouquet. This flower arrangement is sure to warm the home and the heart of its pangolove.

Once our pangolin heroes have found their hearts’ desire, show your own Valentine they’re the king or queen of hearts by sharing your score when the game is complete. After all, Valentine’s festivities are always sweeter when they’re shared!

Introducing Google Cloud Search: Bringing the power of Google Search to G Suite customers

Every day, people around the globe rely on the power of Google Search to access the world’s information. In fact, we see more than one trillion searches each year. As we continue to invest in new cloud-based technologies like machine learning to power our web search engine, we want to help businesses harness the same technology to search for internal information. Today, we’re announcing Google Cloud Search (formerly known as Springboard), a new product that uses machine intelligence to provide a unified search experience across G Suite.

Sorting through internal information has become increasingly complex as more and more companies move their data and workloads to the cloud. As a result, teams are working on hybrid environments and storing immense amounts of data all over and in various formats. From emails and docs to spreadsheets, slides, forms, internal sites, and more. In fact, according to McKinsey, the average knowledge worker spends 20% of the workweek searching for and consolidating information. Simply put, employees are wasting a lot of time in the process of finding information they need to do their job.

A smarter search experience, tailored for you

Cloud Search brings the best of Google Search and machine intelligence to G Suite. It provides both comprehensive search and proactive recommendations to help you throughout your day.

For example, when you open the Cloud Search app on your phone or laptop, you’ll see relevant information organized into simple cards (assist cards) that help you stay on top of your work. Assist cards are a new way to help you find the right information at the right time. Using Google’s machine intelligence technology, these  cards can help you prepare for an upcoming meeting or even suggest files that need your attention.

Assist cards are designed to be timely and relevant so that you can navigate your workday more efficiently. As we continue to learn how information is most useful to you, we’ll be adding more assist cards to Cloud Search over time.  

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In addition to searching for information, you can also search for people listed in your company’s directory. You’ll see colleagues’ contact details, plus events and files you have in common. You can even choose to send an email, make a call, or start a Hangout with just a tap.

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For businesses, privacy is a top priority. Cloud Search respects G Suite’s file sharing permissions, so people can only search for and find files that they have access to. This means that company resources like vacation policies can be found by everyone in your organization, but your team projects will only surface to people on your team, and your to-do lists will only be available to you.

Breaking down information silos at work

Since launching in the Early Adopter Program last summer, companies have been using Cloud Search to break down internal silos and access information more quickly. QAD, an ERP solutions provider for global manufacturing companies, helps businesses manage their finances, supply chain, business intelligence and more. Very little time can be spared sifting through documents to find what’s needed to make strategic business decisions, so QAD uses Cloud Search to help.

“At QAD, we operate at a high-level of speed and require technology that provides us agility, flexibility and seamless access to information. Cloud Search provides that. It’s given us the ability to break down silos that exist across different content systems and unlock information with very little effort from IT, “ says Scott Lawrence Lawson, Director of IT Architecture.

Coming to G Suite

Cloud Search will begin rolling out globally for customers using the G Suite Business and Enterprise editions. And this is just the beginning. In the future, we’ll be adding more capabilities to Cloud Search including integration with third-party applications. That way, you and your team can find, access and make the most of your information in G Suite and beyond. 

Introducing Google Cloud Search: Bringing the power of Google Search to G Suite customers

Every day, people around the globe rely on the power of Google Search to access the world’s information. In fact, we see more than one trillion searches each year. As we continue to invest in new cloud-based technologies like machine learning to power our web search engine, we want to help businesses harness the same technology to search for internal information. Today, we’re announcing Google Cloud Search (formerly known as Springboard), a new product that uses machine intelligence to provide a unified search experience across G Suite.

Sorting through internal information has become increasingly complex as more and more companies move their data and workloads to the cloud. As a result, teams are working on hybrid environments and storing immense amounts of data all over and in various formats. From emails and docs to spreadsheets, slides, forms, internal sites, and more. In fact, according to McKinsey, the average knowledge worker spends 20% of the workweek searching for and consolidating information. Simply put, employees are wasting a lot of time in the process of finding information they need to do their job.

A smarter search experience, tailored for you

Cloud Search brings the best of Google Search and machine intelligence to G Suite. It provides both comprehensive search and proactive recommendations to help you throughout your day.

For example, when you open the Cloud Search app on your phone or laptop, you’ll see relevant information organized into simple cards (assist cards) that help you stay on top of your work. Assist cards are a new way to help you find the right information at the right time. Using Google’s machine intelligence technology, these  cards can help you prepare for an upcoming meeting or even suggest files that need your attention.

Assist cards are designed to be timely and relevant so that you can navigate your workday more efficiently. As we continue to learn how information is most useful to you, we’ll be adding more assist cards to Cloud Search over time.  

Prepare_your_next_meeting_v3.gif

In addition to searching for information, you can also search for people listed in your company’s directory. You’ll see colleagues’ contact details, plus events and files you have in common. You can even choose to send an email, make a call, or start a Hangout with just a tap.

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For businesses, privacy is a top priority. Cloud Search respects G Suite’s file sharing permissions, so people can only search for and find files that they have access to. This means that company resources like vacation policies can be found by everyone in your organization, but your team projects will only surface to people on your team, and your to-do lists will only be available to you.

Breaking down information silos at work

Since launching in the Early Adopter Program last summer, companies have been using Cloud Search to break down internal silos and access information more quickly. QAD, an ERP solutions provider for global manufacturing companies, helps businesses manage their finances, supply chain, business intelligence and more. Very little time can be spared sifting through documents to find what’s needed to make strategic business decisions, so QAD uses Cloud Search to help.

“At QAD, we operate at a high-level of speed and require technology that provides us agility, flexibility and seamless access to information. Cloud Search provides that. It’s given us the ability to break down silos that exist across different content systems and unlock information with very little effort from IT, “ says Scott Lawrence Lawson, Director of IT Architecture.

Coming to G Suite

Cloud Search will begin rolling out globally for customers using the G Suite Business and Enterprise editions. And this is just the beginning. In the future, we’ll be adding more capabilities to Cloud Search including integration with third-party applications. That way, you and your team can find, access and make the most of your information in G Suite and beyond. 

Recipe search in the Google app is your new MVP

If you’re huddling your team together for the big game this Sunday, chances are you’re looking for a lineup of recipes that’s sure to win. Enter Google’s latest version of recipe search. Now when you’re searching on the Google app for a particular recipe, you’ll see a carousel of tappable suggestions to make sure you catch the best recipe to suit your taste buds and kitchen skills.

If you’re planning to make seven-layered dip, a quick search will bring up options ranging from “healthy” to “vegan” to “bean dip” or “taco dip” (to name a few). Or type “chicken wings” into the Google app to bring up all kinds of crowd pleasers. Once you select your flavor or category, you’ll see top recipes from a wide variety of sources with easy-to-read step-by-step instructions. So whether you’re calling a play for sticky honey-soy or buffalo, your wings are sure to score some points.

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The Google app can do more than deliver the dish you’re craving: It can also help you analyze the game film and uncover must-try recipes that you didn’t know existed. Ever thought of trying slow cooker bbq? How about lobster roll tacos? Now a single tap can kick off a journey to please your palate.

Whether you’re rising up with Atlanta, or are down with New England, the Google app is your new champion teammate in the kitchen.

Recipe search in the Google app is your new MVP

If you’re huddling your team together for the big game this Sunday, chances are you’re looking for a lineup of recipes that’s sure to win. Enter Google’s latest version of recipe search. Now when you’re searching on the Google app for a particular recipe, you’ll see a carousel of tappable suggestions to make sure you catch the best recipe to suit your taste buds and kitchen skills.

If you’re planning to make seven-layered dip, a quick search will bring up options ranging from “healthy” to “vegan” to “bean dip” or “taco dip” (to name a few). Or type “chicken wings” into the Google app to bring up all kinds of crowd pleasers. Once you select your flavor or category, you’ll see top recipes from a wide variety of sources with easy-to-read step-by-step instructions. So whether you’re calling a play for sticky honey-soy or buffalo, your wings are sure to score some points.

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The Google app can do more than deliver the dish you’re craving: It can also help you analyze the game film and uncover must-try recipes that you didn’t know existed. Ever thought of trying slow cooker bbq? How about lobster roll tacos? Now a single tap can kick off a journey to please your palate.

Whether you’re rising up with Atlanta, or are down with New England, the Google app is your new champion teammate in the kitchen.