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Android 7.0 Nougat: a more powerful OS, made for you
August 26, 2016
Today, we’ll begin rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to Nexus devices. And with more ways to make Android your own, it’s by far our sweetest release yet.
We took a different approach to building and launching Nougat this year. For starters, we invited developers to take a sneak peek at Android N back in March, so they could bring their apps to the new platform earlier. And of course we asked you to help us come up with names for this year’s release, resulting in lots of great ideas, and a
back in June.
Android Nougat reflects input from thousands of fans and developers all over the world. There are over 250 major features in Android Nougat, but we wanted to highlight a few of the features you’ve been most excited about.
Providing more ways to customize your phone to fit your personality is kind of a big deal, and Android has been leading the way since day one (Homescreen widgets, anyone?). With Android Nougat, you’ll have even more ways to make your phone your own, including:
Expanded emoji: There are now over 1,500 different emoji built into Android, including 72 new ones, so go ahead: express yourself.
Quick Settings controls: Quick Settings gives you easy access to things like bluetooth, WiFi and the all-important flashlight. With Android Nougat, you can actually control what tiles go where, and move ‘em around to fit your needs.
Multi-locale support: Apps can tailor their content based on your locale settings. So if you speak multiple languages, for instance, then search engines can show results in each of those languages.
Expanded emoji and Quick setting controls
Whether you’re responding to work emails or making plans with friends, Android Nougat helps you multitask with ease with new features like Multi-window, Direct reply, and Quick switch.
Multi-window: Run two apps side-by-side. The windows are resizable, too, by simply dragging the divider.
Direct Reply: Reply directly to notifications without having to open any app.
Quick Switch: Switch between your two most recently used apps by simply double tapping the Overview button.
Starting with the release of Android Marshmallow last year, we have been making the battery smarter. That’s why we made the Doze feature even dozier with Android Nougat. Your device can now drop into lower power usage when it’s getting jostled around in your pocket or bag while on the move.*
Android Nougat is designed with immersive experiences in mind—including support for VulkanTM (an advanced 3D rendering API) and Daydream (Google’s platform for mobile virtual reality).
VulkanTM: Games will now leap to life thanks to high-speed, next-generation graphics — all powered by your device’s multi-core processor.
Daydream: Android Nougat is ready to transport you to virtual worlds with Daydream-ready phones, headsets and controllers — all coming later this year.
As always, Android is built with powerful layers of security and encryption to keep your private data private. For new devices coming this fall, we’ve also added new features like Seamless updates, File-based encryption and and Direct Boot.
Seamless updates: New Android devices with Nougat can install software updates in the background which means you won't have to wait while your device installs the update and optimizes all your apps for the new version. And for current Nexus users, software updates now install much faster, so you won't have to wait for minutes while your device reboots.
File-based encryption: Android Nougat can better isolate and protect files for individual users on your device.
Direct Boot: Direct Boot helps your device startup faster, and apps run securely even before you unlock your device when your device reboots.
And for those of you who also want to use your Android device at work, there are also new security features for using Android in enterprise, which you can learn more about on the
Android for Work website
Coming soon, to a device near you
Today, and over the next several weeks, the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) will get an over the air software update** to Android 7.0 Nougat. Any devices enrolled in the Android Beta Program will also receive this final version.
And there are many tasty devices coming from our partners running Android Nougat, including the upcoming
which will be the first new smartphone that ships with Android Nougat, right out of the box. You can learn even more about Android Nougat at
Posted by Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management, Android & Google Play
*Hey, just a reminder that actual battery performance varies and will depend on a number factors including signal strength, network configuration, battery age, operating temperature, features selected, device settings, and voice, data, and other application usage patterns.
**The Nexus and Pixel C update to Android 7.0 Nougat occurs in stages and some carriers will receive the update later than others. This update will be pushed simultaneously to devices in the Android Beta Program.
Meet Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyone
August 16, 2016
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
Today, we’re releasing
— 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
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.
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
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
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
Save data and storage with new offline features on Google Maps
August 9, 2016
[Cross posted from the Official Google Blog]
Along with snacks, good tunes and cries of “are we there yet?” spotty connectivity is often a feature on road trips. From today, it will be easier to prepare for those long stretches of wifi-free road while still saving on device storage and data, with the launch of
SD card support and “Wi-Fi only” mode
for Google Maps on Android.
Now, in addition
to saving an area of the maps for offline use later,
if you have a device that supports SD cards, you can opt to save your downloaded maps to an external SD card (if your device supports them) and free up storage space for important stuff like your holiday snaps or road trip playlists. Now you’ll never have to choose between snapping more food photos or the ability to navigate offline.
You can also choose to save on mobile data by taking Google Maps completely offline. Once you’ve switched to “Wi-fi only”, the Google Maps app will work completely offline — no Wi-Fi needed! You will still be able to use other apps and the rest of your phone as you normally would. And you might even save on battery life too. If you need to see what the traffic is like or update your offline maps, you can easily switch back to online mode by changing your setting or finding the nearest Wi-Fi.
Posted by Sanket Gupta, Product Manager
Google Maps for Mobile
Veg Biryani, Tandoori Chicken and your favorite table are now just a click away
August 8, 2016
Feeling like having some Tandoori chicken from
21 Guns Salute
in Gurgaon? Or wanting to book a table at
in Bangalore? Now you can do both right from Google search. From today, when people search for a nearby restaurant on their phone, they’ll see an option to “Place an order” in the search results. Just tap that and choose your favourite delivery service like Zomato or Swiggy and you’ll be taken to their website to complete the order.
As well as being able to order in, Google Search can make dining out a little easier too. Now when you want to go out to a restaurant but don’t want to wait for a table, you can book ahead of time with Google Search by clicking on a partner’s link and you’ll be taken to their site to make your reservation.
Initially, you’ll be able to order food via Zomato and Swiggy, and make your restaurant reservations with Dineout and
Bytplus using Google Search and the Google app on your Android or iOS phone or tablet. These features are just rolling out and we’ll be adding more partners and evolving the look and feel over time.
Posted By Suren Ruhela, Director and Roli Agarwal, Strategic Partnerships, India Lead, Google Maps and Local Search
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Atmosphere 2016: Spotlight on technologies for Smart, Modern and Secure businesses
August 5, 2016
Today we hosted over 2,000
leaders, in person and over livestream, for the India leg of Atmosphere 2016 in Mumbai. As our first time bringing this global enterprise event to India, it was an amazing day discussing everything from digital transformation to machine learning and enterprise security with companies of all sizes and from across sectors.
At the event, senior leaders from Flipkart, Hero MotoCorp, PwC and Mahindra’s startup arm, SmartShift, spoke about their adoption of Google Apps for Work and Cloud Platform, which are enabling their teams to be more connected, collaborative and competitive.
Rajan Anandan, Vice President, Google- SEA & India, at the company’s flagship enterprise event -
Atmosphere India in Mumbai
Through our enterprise technologies, we provide a seamless experience from desktop to mobile - accommodating the current needs of a digital, connected and integrated workforce while continuing to build for future shifts that will make companies smarter, more efficient and empowered to identify opportunities, service customers and manage risks. We are enthused that according to Builtwith.com Trends, over 70% of sites with a .IN d
omain are using Google’s enterprise technologies, making Google Apps a popular IT choice for Indian businesses.
A robot programmed with Google's Cloud Vision API that can recognize and speak object names
For the first time in India we spoke about how our Cloud Platform takes advantage of Google’s deep networking and machine learning expertise to provide services for application development, data analysis and computing. Google Cloud customers including Wipro and SmartShift, are hosting applications on our platform.
Among the other technologies we demonstrated an immersive experience focused on the much needed water taxi for Mumbai. The demo included several cloud based features including security features like data loss protection and information rights management, interactive live Google docs, created QR codes and got real time feedback from the audience. One of the most popular demos was a robot powered by the Google Cloud Platform Vision API, that correctly identified a human smile and everyday objects. It is exciting to see the opportunities for this technology and the various
ways in which it could be applied to myriad industries including manufacturing and retail.
Leaders from various sectors and industries shared their experience of using technology to improve efficiency, modernize decision-making and keep their organisation’s data secure. This was a great opportunity to learn from our customers and IT leaders. We look forward to supporting even more Indian businesses on their digital journey.
Posted by Mohit Pande, Enterprise Country Manager, Google South East Asia & India
Google Apps for Work
With the new app, the Prime Minister's Office is just a tap away
August 5, 2016
If you could have an app to engage with your Government and leaders, what would you want it to do?
Last year, together with
, the citizen engagement platform of the Government of India, we
Indian citizens to share their ideas on what features an app of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) should include. We were overwhelmed by the response: MyGov received over 10,000 entries with more than 45,000 ideas. The resulting PMO app showcases the accomplishments we can achieve when we work together.
Thanks to Team Sanskrit, Indians now have access to the winning PMO app that fuses several ideas submitted from around the country. This app gives citizens access to critical information about flagship programmes. In addition, the app provides an overview of the Prime Minister’s major initiatives, news and social media updates, and enables people to make a donation to the
Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund
- all this and more in 10 Indian languages.
At a ceremony with Prime Minister Modi on August 6th, we will be felicitating Team Sanskrit’s members: Raghav Sarin, Gyan Lakhwani, Prajwal Seth, Preet S. Khalsa, Naman Dwivedi and Pranav Sethi. They will be visiting the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, where they will get to spend some quality time interacting with our engineering and Android teams.
We worked closely with MyGov across all three phases of the
, from soliciting ideas to creating a
based on the top ideas. This blueprint served as a guide for the developer teams to build their wireframe. Google engineers provided mentoring to the five finalist teams to help them refine their apps.
For over 225 million people in India, the smartphone is the gateway to the Internet. Thanks to the students and the launch of the newly built PMO app, mobile phones open doors to the Prime Minister himself. With increasing connectivity across the country, the possibilities for collaboration and innovations are endless.
Posted by Chetan Krishnaswamy, Country Head - Public Policy, Google India
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Let Google be your guide to Rio de Janeiro
August 1, 2016
[Cross posted from the
Official Google Blog
The modern Olympic Games have been a defining moment for athletes and fans alike dating back to 1896. Next week, the 2016 cauldron will be lit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where thousands of athletes will come together to represent the strength and pride of their home countries with the world as their audience.
In celebration of the next chapter in Olympics history, we’re bringing the best our products have to offer to help people around the world stay up-to-date with the Olympic Games Rio 2016:
Discover the event schedule, medal counts, and athlete information in Search
Get results and view TV schedules in 30+ countries
Watch official broadcasters’ event highlights on YouTube in 60+ countries
Explore Rio and venues in Google Maps
Keep up to date with the latest search Trends from around the world
searching for information
about your favorite athletes and sports, the medal race, or your country’s schedule has never been easier. Pro tip: if you search on the Google app on Android and iOS, you’ll also see an option to get automatic updates on top event and medal wins, so you’ll never miss a beat.
To give you a glimpse into the Games, watch official broadcasters’ video highlights on YouTube in more than 60 countries around the world. And as an added bonus, YouTube is sending 15 top creators to Rio, giving you a taste of what it’s like to be there with
mobile live streaming
With Street View in Google Maps, everyone can enjoy
the magic of Rio de Janeiro
. Even if you’re a world away, preview the places where the world's most talented athletes will make history and explore the breathtaking beauty of Brazil.
Google Trekker operator captures 360-degree imagery from inside Rio’s Olympic Park
Great triumphs, victories and stunning surprises await us all this summer. This is just a hint of what’s to come—we hope you’ll let Google be your guide.
Posted by Jonathan Livni, Product Manager
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