The High Five: vibrant women, colorful blooms and (less) colorful donuts

You made it to Friday. Can we get a High Five? In this new series, we’ll show you what’s trending on Google with a look at five of the top searches from the week of March 6th.

International Women’s Day

On Wednesday March 8th, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. People searched on Google to learn more about the day, iconic women throughout history, and how people celebrated this week. Here at Google, we had a lot going on with Doodles, on VR and YouTube, and in media.   

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Ed Sheeran

People aren’t just Thinking Out Loud about Ed Sheeran, they’re searching for him. This week he announced a world tour, and all 16 songs on his latest album, “Divide,” are expected to make it into Billboard’s Top 40 … solidifying his spot on the A Team. His album on YouTube already has more than a billion views—looks like All of the Stars are aligning for Ed.

Super Blooms

Everything’s bigger in Texas, but there are “super blooms” in California. The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is seeing its biggest super bloom in 12 years, but flower-lovers have to act fast. This oasis of wildflower blossoms could disappear soon, thanks to high winds and the area’s infamously hungry caterpillars.   

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Tim Tebow

Heisman trophy winner and former NFL star Tim Tebow is trading touchdowns for home runs. The former Broncos quarterback made his baseball debut this week at spring training with the New York Mets.

Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins

Donut and ice cream lovers might see a change in some of their favorite flavors. Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins announced that they will eliminate synthetic colors from their food and beverages by the end of 2018.  

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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.

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.

translate

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.

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.

gboard

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.

translate

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.

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.

gboard

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.

translate

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!

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!

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!

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.

symbol_1.width-800.png

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!

Gboard for iPhone gets an upgrade

In May  2016, you first met Gboard, our app that let you search and send information, GIFs, emoji and more, right from your keyboard. In July, Gboard went global. And today we’re upgrading your Gboard experience on iPhone by adding access to 15 additional languages, Google Doodles, new emoji, and—by popular demand—voice typing.

New languages and new emoji

Gboard will now work in Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Catalan, Hungarian, Malay, Russian, Latin American Spanish and Turkish. To get typing, searching and sharing in these new languages, open the Gboard app and go to “Languages” > “Add Language.”

We’ve also increased support for the universal language—emoji. Now you can search and send all of the latest emoji from iOS 10.👏🕴 💁

Google Doodles

Doodles are one of the Googley-est things about Google. These fun animations honor holidays, anniversaries and notable people, and often teach you about a little slice of history. Now you can access them right from Gboard. On days when there’s a Doodle, you’ll see the “G” button animate, cuing you to  quickly tap to open up the day’s Doodle and search for more information about it.

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Say it faster

With today’s update, we’ve added voice typing, which allows you to dictate messages directly to Gboard. To tee up your next text, just long press the mic button on the space bar and talk.

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To enjoy these updates to Gboard for iPhone, head to the App Store and make sure you’re running the latest version of the app. We’re always working on new features and languages, so please keep sharing your feedback in the app store—we’re listening!