Wednesday 26 February, 2020

11 Google products you probably didn't know about

We're all familiar with Google and its products like Chrome, Gmail, and Google Docs.

What you may not know is that Google has over one hundred diverse products and services that allow users to get answers, watch, listen and play, stay connected across apps, stay in touch with each other, stay organised, grow your business and so much more.

While there are too many products to list here, check out some Google products you may not have known about: 


1. Google Allo

Allo is a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, doodles, and huge emojis & text. Respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and suggests responses to text and photos, in your style. You no longer have to type in ALL CAPS to get your point across; say it louder or quieter by changing the size of your text with a quick swipe.  Allo also brings you the Google Assistant. Find restaurants nearby, share videos to watch, and get answers, right in your conversation with friends. Add @google to your group conversation or chat one-on-one with your Assistant. 


2. Google Auto

Android Auto allows you to connect your phone to a compatible car display, or put your phone in a dock and use Android Auto directly from your phone screen. With a simplified interface, large buttons, and powerful voice actions, Android Auto is designed to make it easier to use apps from your phone while you’re on the road. Navigate with Google Maps, listen to playlists or podcasts from your favorite apps, send messages via voice, and more.


3. Google Cardboard

Experience virtual reality in a simple, fun and affordable way. Google Cardboard puts virtual reality on your smartphone. The Cardboard app helps you launch your favorite VR experiences, discover new apps, and set up a viewer. It’s a virtual reality (VR) platform developed by Google for use with a head mount for a smartphone. Named for its fold-out cardboard viewer, the platform is intended as a low-cost system to encourage interest and development in VR applications. Whether you fold your own or buy a Works with Google Cardboard certified viewer, you're just one step away from experiencing virtual reality on your smartphone.


4. Google for Education

A solution built for teachers and students, Google for Education is described as “mission control for the class”, allowing the making teacher-student experience to become more interactive. The Classroom feature keeps everything in one place. Teachers can create virtual classes, distribute assignment and materials and send updates in real-time. Students can complete and submit assignments, communicate privately with teachers or post questions to the entire class.


5. GBoard

Gboard is a new keyboard from Google for your iPhone. It has all the things you would expect from a great keyboard — GIFs, emojis, and Glide Typing — plus Google Search built in. No more app switching; just search and send, right from your keyboard. Gboard sends your searches to Google’s web servers to give you search results and usage statistics to Google to let us know which features are used most often and to help us understand problems if the app crashes. Additionally, if you use Gboard’s microphone, voice input will be sent to Google for transcription.


6. Google Duo

Duo is a one-to-one high-quality video calling app for everyone to enjoy across both Android and iOS platforms. Engage in a call with a simple interface that brings video to the forefront. With ‘Knock Knock’, you can see the caller before you pick up with Duo’s live preview feature.


7. Google Expeditions

Expeditions enable teachers to bring students on virtual trips to places like museums, underwater, and outer space. Expeditions are collections of linked virtual reality (VR) content and supporting materials that can be used alongside existing curriculum. These trips are collections of virtual reality panoramas — 360° panoramas and 3D images — annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate into curriculum already used in schools.


8. Google Goggles

Search by taking a picture: point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information. Goggles can read text in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish, and translate it into other languages.


9. Google WiFi

Yes, Google has its own WiFi. Enjoy Wi-Fi throughout your home, on your devices. Google Wifi is a home Wi-Fi solution that works with your modem and Internet Provider, so you can stream, download and share without missing a beat.


10. Google Trips

Trips makes travel so much easier by organizing your essential info in one place and making it available even offline. Get activity suggestions based on what’s nearby, customizeable day plans, and your travel reservations from Gmail. Your travel reservations are automatically gathered from Gmail and organized into individual trips. Each trip contains day plans, things to do, food and drink suggestions, and more. See your flight, hotel, rental car, and restaurant bookings in one place without having to search for them individually. For several hundred of the world’s top places, find popular day plans organized on a map that you can customize based on your interests and available time. 


11. Google Flights

Flights is a flight booking service which allows you to search for airline tickets. Similar to Kayak, Flights allows open-ended searches based on criteria other than destination; for example, a user may search for flights within a range of times and a budget and be offered various destination choices. Alternatively, a user can select a destination, and Google Flights will calculate every price for each day of the next 12 months, visualised in a graph or table. This allows users to easily spot a cheapest date to fly to the destination.


Check out Google's page for their full list of products. 

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