Google employees Nat and Lo visited the Google Doodle design team to find out how they make the interactive Google logos. In particular, Nat and Lo spoke to the members who came up with the Olympic-themed Doodle, the Fruit Games.
Google’s Project Bloks uses simple, modular blocks to help teach kids the principles of programming – letting them create logic using tangible controls, rather than having to write code. As an open hardware platform, developers can create their own variants.
Despite its cluttered interface, Waze is a shining example of crowdsourcing – it turns parts of a problem into parts of a solution. Google employees Nat and Lo visited their co-workers to learn more about the community-based interactive map app.
Google takes over your smartphone’s keyboard with its latest app. The simple, yet effective tool adds quick and easy access to Google search without leaving your keyboard. Also includes a swipe keyboard, GIF and emoji search built in. Surprisingly, it’s not out for Android.
While Google wowed us with Cardboard Plastic earlier today, their best April Fools prank might just be this one out of Google Nederland – a play on their autonomous car tech, but made for the bicycle-filled streets of Amsterdam.
“What’s realer than real? Probably nothing.” Google unveils the evolution of its affordable virtual reality headset. Cardboard Plastic lets you tap into reality itself, thanks to the magic of holes. Oh, how we wish that Apple did this joke instead.
YouTube’s April Foo – er, April Fizools’ Day prank combines its new 360º video feature with everyone’s dream couch buddy Snoop Dogg. The SnoopaVision button lets you watch Snoop Dogg watch a YouTube video. Videos here and here.
That funky mix of letters and numbers at the end of a YouTube URL is the unique pointer to any of the millions of videos on the site. Tom Scott ponders if and when they’ll run out of video IDs, and the rationale behind the current numbering scheme.
The Chrome Music Lab Experiments are easy to use web-based apps that let you create music or play with sound right on your desktop or mobile browser. Just a few years ago stuff like this was available only on professional software.
Funk bassist Davie504 visited Google Translate and nabbed a couple of its mechanical sounding voice samples, then turned them into the backbeat for one of his impressive slap bass solos. Sing along! “bschk z pv! zk pv zk!”
Santa Claus tries to stay one step ahead of an apartment complex’s spooked but determined caretaker. This Pink Panther-esque 360º animated short film from Aardman is best viewed on a mobile device via the YouTube app, although Firefox or Chrome will do.
Watch some of the world’s best musicians, actors, dancers and performance artists up close and for free with Google Cultural Institute’s Performing Arts collection. Each episode consists of multiple 360º videos taken from different angles.
The LG Nexus 5X has a 5.2″ 1080p screen, 2GB RAM and 16GB-32GB storage. The Huawei Nexus 6P on the other hand has a 5.7″ 1440p screen, 3GB RAM and 32GB-128GB storage. Both have a 12MP camera, USB Type-C charging port and Android 6 Marshmallow.
Like Apple’s AirPort routers, OnHub is designed to make it easy to setup and manage your Internet connection. It has a user-friendly iOS/Android app and 13 antennas mounted in a circular pattern to maximize coverage.
By using data from Google Maps and other sources, Project Sunroof aims to make it easy for those who want to install solar panels to figure out the best locations to place them. Available in Boston, San Francisco and Fresno for now.
Based on Word Lens, the Google Translate app’s visual translation feature now deciphers texts from 27 languages. To show off its versatility, Google matched the app with the lyrics to the rock & roll classic La Bamba.
Memo Akten used Google’s DeepDream to create this trippy video. In very simple terms, DeepDream is cloud watching: it spots something that’s not in a source image, then remakes the source to realize what it’s imagining, and so on.
Included in the upcoming version of Android OS, Google Now on Tap lets you use Google Now without leaving the app you’re currently in. It will guess what information you need, or you can get a specific answer via voice command.
Google Photos for PC, Android and iOS offers free unlimited storage for photos and videos. The fun – and creepy – part? It automatically sorts and recognizes the people and objects in your media. Damn Google, you scary.
Planning a trip to Westeros? Redditor selvag depicted the fictional continent from A Song of Ice and Fire in the style of Google Maps. The poster is available in three sizes. OK Google, what’s the best sushi place in The North?
Project Fi is Google’s upcoming mobile phone plan. It will automatically switch between free Wi-Fi hotspots or to Sprint or T-Mobile’s LTE networks for the best connection. You’ll get a refund for any unused data in your monthly plan.
“What do you like about living on Earth?” Google’s Emic is a short documentary inspired by the movie Interstellar. It’s a crowdsourced video time capsule to show future generations the happy part of our lives. Exclusive to Google Play.