News and Notes from Google India
Google launches an elections portal in India
November 28, 2013
Portal to offer updates on campaigns, news and information related to polls across states
Google, today announced the launch of an elections portal
that will assist voters in India to understand the electoral process, get access to all the news related to elections and politics, get detailed information on specific political parties. The Elections Portal will serve as a one stop destination to help voters get answers to their elections and voting-related queries to make an informed decision.
In the first phase of the launch, the portal will cover news information and videos related to state elections for Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizoram covering news from leading publications and broadcasters both in English and Hindi. Users will also be able to watch content hosted by YouTube partners for elections and links to Hangouts done by political representatives in the recent past.
In addition to this, the portal will also offer information on how to register for voting along with a section on frequently asked questions around voting and registration. Our intent is to empower voters with all the information they need at a single destination for upcoming general elections. Over time we will add more functionality to enable users to interact and engage with the candidates, so that they are not simply watching from afar, but participating in, engaging with and shaping the political process in a democratic way.
With over 200 million Internet users in the country, the Internet audience in India has reached a critical scale and will play an important role in influencing the decisions of a large proportion of the urban Indian population in the upcoming elections. Elections related search queries on Google have shown a considerable increase and the interest in news information related to elections and politics have started to peak. Leading political parties are active on most social media platforms, and users will be able to access all the information sent out by the political parties on platforms like YouTube, Google+ and connect directly with the candidates in their constituency.
Posted By: Chetan Krishnaswamy, Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, Google India
Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 available in India
November 20, 2013
The Nexus 5 phone, developed with LG, and the Nexus 7 tablet, developed with Asus, are on sale starting today in India on
We partnered with LG to develop Nexus 5 — the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made. The Nexus 5 design is simple and refined to showcase the 5”
Full HD display. Nexus 5 also keeps you connected at blazing speeds with 4G/LTE and ultra fast wifi.
The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures
. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot. Learn more on our
Together with ASUS, we took what you loved about the
original Nexus 7
and made it even better. The first thing you’ll notice on the Nexus 7 is the sharpness of the screen: the 323 pixels packed into every inch of the screen makes it the world's highest-resolution 7-inch tablet. It’s lighter than ever, with more than nine hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing or reading. Nexus 7 now features stereo speakers and virtual surround sound from Fraunhofer (the inventors of the MP3 format), giving you rich and immersive audio. Learn more on our
Both Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 ship with KitKat — the latest version of Android. With KitKat,
we’ve made the experience much more engaging: the book you're reading, the game you're playing, or the movie you're watching — now all of these take center stage with the new immersive mode, which automatically hides everything except what you really want to see.
Behind the polish on the screen is the power under the hood. Take the Phone app, which for most people hasn’t really changed since the days of flip phones. Now, we’re making calling easier than ever, by helping you search across your contacts, nearby places, or even Google Apps accounts (like your company’s directory), directly from within the app.
And with the
new Hangouts app
, all of your SMS and MMS messages are together in the same place, alongside your other conversations and video calls, so you’ll never miss a message no matter how your friends send it.
Google has always focused on helping users get immediate access to the information they need, and we want to bring this same convenience and power to users on Android. With the new Nexus 5 launcher, Google smarts are deeply integrated into the phone you carry around with you, so getting to the information you need is simple, easy and fast. Swipe once from the home screen to get Google Now literally at your fingertips.
And in the coming weeks, we’re enhancing Now with important new card types that bring you information about contextual topics that interest you such as updates from a favorite website or blog.
This is just a small taste of KitKat—learn more on our
Reaching the next 1 billion users
Building a platform that makes mobile phones accessible for everyone has always been at the heart of Android. Until now, some lower-end Android phones couldn't benefit from more recent Android releases due to memory constraints. With KitKat, we've slimmed down Android’s memory footprint by doing things like removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features that you use all the time. We did this not only within Android but across Google services like Chrome and YouTube. RAM (or memory) is one of the most expensive parts of a phone, and now Android can run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world, bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users.
Posted by Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps
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Finale: This year on Children’s Day we are ‘Celebrating Indian Women’ through a doodle by the creative young doodler...
November 12, 2013
Xth grader Gayatri Ketharaman from Pune !!!
With thousands of entries from over 100 cities we finally have this year’s India Doodle4Google (D4G) winner! Xth grader Gayatri Ketharaman’s doodle will be featured on the Google India homepage on November 14 to celebrate Children’s Day.
Gayatri Ketharaman, who attends
The Bishop's Co-Ed School, Pune
, submitted her design around this year’s theme, ‘Celebrating Indian Women’. Gayatri’s doodle artfully
depicts the multi-faceted Indian Women - graceful and elegant, adept at balancing work and home. Gayatri felt that the Indian women is not just a go getter, she personifies motherhood and is courageous even in the face of adversity.
This year’s jury – reputed actor
Kirron Kher a
nd political cartoonist Ajit Ninan – had a mammoth task at hand; to choose the national winner along with the Google doodle team.
We are overwhelmed to see great participation from young children and schools year-on-year since 2009. The designs for this year’s theme “Celebrating Indian Women” were incredibly creative across all grade groups. In addition to selecting Gayatri Ketharaman as the national winner, public votes helped us determine the three group winners:
(Group I) from
St. Francis's College, Lucknow
won the group prize for his doodle titled ‘
Celebrating Indian Women
(Group II) from
D.A.V Public School, Balasore, Odissa
won the prize for his doodle titled ‘
Women Are Future, Empower Them Better
(Group III) from
St Aloysius High School, Mangalore
won the prize for her doodle titled ‘
Indian Women Leading Our Country
We announced the winners today in a fun-filled event at Delhi, where all the finalists were treated to a unique Google experience as they gathered around to crown and cheer the winners. Check out some pictures from the event on our
Google India + page event
to see all the fun we had!
Thanks to all of you who voted and helped us select this year’s winner. And a bigger thank you to the students and parents from across India who submitted doodles. We’ll be back in 2014; till then, keep doodling - who knows, your child could be the next winner!
Posted by Sandeep Menon, Director of Marketing, Google India
Meet the 12 India Doodle4Google 2013 finalists!
November 6, 2013
Entries now open for online voting for users to choose the winner
We’re very excited that the annual Doodle4Google (D4G) competition with theme ‘Celebrating Indian Women’ has reached its final stages. This year, like the previous five years, the competition has seen amazing response from across the country and we are glad to announce our 12 Finalists from across the country.
Details of the finalists along with their best doodles are showcased at:
. Online voting to pick the final winner has been ongoing from
November 1 and will close on November 8.
Our final champion doodler will be announced on
at an event in New Delhi.
As always, this year’s D4G participants are grouped into three categories:
comprising students from class 1 to 3;
with students from class 4 to 6; and
with students from class 7 to 10. We received a staggering 1 lakh 50 thousand entries this time which went through a round of preliminary judging by Selective Art Schools; as a second step, you get to now vote for your choices online to choose one winner from each group. Finally, the reputed jury
the political cartoonist, along with Google Doodler
will select the final winning doodle from all the finalists.
The winning doodle will be placed on the
homepage on November 14, National Children’s Day. The top 3 winners will receive a merit certificate at the finale to be held in the capital.
Here is the list of the 12 finalists from across India:
Group 1: class 1 to 3
1. Avipsha Das – Loreto Day School, Kolkata
2. Soham Patil – Vidyashilp Public School, Pune
3. Shreya Pandey – K V Hebbar, Bangalore
4. Madhuram Vatsal – St. Francis’s College, Lucknow
Group 2: class 4 to 6
1. Binita Biswajeeta – D.A.V Public School, Orissa
2. Ayan Yasin Shaikh – St. Joseph High School, New Panvel, Mumbai
3. Dikshita S – St. Charles High School, Bangalore
4. Prakhar Singh – St. Francis’s College, Lucknow
Group 3: class 7 to 10
1. Vinni Malik – The Emerald Heights International School, Indore
2. Gayatri Ketharaman – The Bishop’s Co-Ed School, Pune
3. Akash Shetty – St Aloysius High School, Mangalore
4. Devanshi Das – Delhi Public School, Faridabad
About Doodle History:
Over the years, doodles on the Google homepage have made search on Google more fun and enjoyable for its users worldwide. When doodles were first created, nobody had anticipated how popular and integral they would become to the Google search experience. Nowadays, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!
Doodles are known as the decorative changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists. Having a little bit of fun with the corporate logo by redesigning it from time to time is unheard of at many companies but at Google, it is a part of the brand. While the doodle is primarily a fun way for the company to recognize events and notable people, it also illustrates the creative and innovative personality of the company itself.
About Google Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit
Posted by Sandeep Menon, Director of Marketing, Google India
Meet the India Google Impact Challenge winners
November 1, 2013
In August, the Google Impact Challenge came to India with one question for its social entrepreneurs:
How would you use technology to improve your community and the world?
Thousands of teams submitted applications for how to spark social impact in India. The proposals were so great that it took over 160 Googlers to review the pile and handpick the top 10 finalists.
On Thursday, the leaders from the 10 finalists pitched their breakthrough solutions to a panel of judges at a live event in Delhi. The room sparked with inventiveness, passion and also urgency for the importance of all of these projects.
After a tough deliberation, the judges selected three winners to receive Global Impact Awards for their innovative plans to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
Join me in congratulating the inspiring judge selections:
Launch a network of motorbike science labs to address the lack of science equipment and digital resources for rural children.
Scale a video hub and an online knowledge platform to help farmers gain the agricultural skills they need to lower their costs and increase their productivity.
Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship & Democracy
Create online and mobile apps to connect citizens to their government representatives in urban India.
The public picked a fourth winner. Over half a million votes were cast during the ten day voting period. Who was the winner? The fan favourite was a project from
Social Awareness, Newer Alternatives
that combines solar-powered micro-ionizing water purification and biodigesting technology to improve water and sanitation infrastructure for rural villages.
The four winners each received a Rs 3 crore Global Impact Award (approximately $500,000), as well as Google mentoring to help get their projects off the ground. We can’t wait to see the impact of their work in India!
Winner Joylita Saldanha, Judge Nikesh Arora, Judge Ram Shriram, Winner Rikin Gandhi, Judge Ana Agu, Winner K.Thiagarajan, Judge Jayant Sinha, Winner Sanchaita Gajapati Raju, Judge Jacquelline Fuller
We also had a surprise for the six remaining finalists. The proposals were so impressive that we invested seed funding of Rs 1.5 crore into each project (approximately $250,000) to refine and scale their impact.
Interested in following the Global Impact Awardees on their journey of implementation? Follow updates on their work on
Google Giving G+ page
Posted by Rajan Anandan, Vice President and Managing Director, Google India
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Don’t mess with my browser!
November 1, 2013
[Cross posted from the
Official Google Chrome Blog
In some ways, it's safer than ever to be online — especially if you use Chrome. With
continued security research
and seamless automatic updates, your browsing experience is always getting better and more secure. But recently you may have noticed something seems amiss. Online criminals have been increasing their use of malicious software that can silently hijack your browser settings. This has become a
top issue in the Chrome help forums
; we're listening and are here to help.
Bad guys trick you into installing and running this kind of software by bundling it with something you might want, like a free screensaver, a video plugin or—ironically—a
supposed security update
. These malicious programs disguise themselves so you won’t know they’re there and they may change your homepage or inject ads into the sites you browse. Worse, they block your ability to change your settings back and make themselves hard to uninstall, keeping you trapped in an undesired state.
We're taking steps to help, including adding a "
reset browser settings" button
in the last Chrome update, which lets you easily return your Chrome to a factory-fresh state. You can find this in the “Advanced Settings” section of Chrome settings.
In the current
of Chrome, we’ll automatically block downloads of malware that we detect. If you see this message in the download tray at the bottom of your screen, you can click “Dismiss” knowing Chrome is working to keep you safe.
This is in addition to the 10,000 new websites we flag per day with
, which is used by Chrome and other browsers to keep more than 1 billion web users safe. Keeping you secure is a top priority, which is why we’re working on additional means to
stop malicious software installs
Posted by Linus Upson, Vice President, Google
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