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The latest updates and improvements for the Google app for iOS
September 27, 2016
Earlier this year,
that your Google app for iOS got faster. Now buckle up, because today, we’re adding three new features that will make your app more private, video-friendly and stable.
More control with incognito mode
Your searches are your business. That’s why we’ve added the ability to search privately with incognito mode in the Google app for iOS. When you have incognito mode turned on in your settings, your search and browsing history will not be saved. And for added security, you can enable Touch ID for incognito mode, ensuring that only you can re-enter your existing incognito session if you exit the app.
Watch YouTube videos in Search
Watching YouTube videos right from Search has never been so simple. Skip the extra step before you break into dance to your favorite music video or before you learn a thing or two in the latest how-to. No new web pages + less load time = more fun.
Keep your searching stable
Finally, we have made some improvements under the hood of your app. These updates will make the app twice as reliable and less likely to crash, which means more searches and fewer sighs.
We hope you enjoy these latest updates to your Google app for iOS. As always, we welcome feedback to help make your app even better.
Posted by Unni Narayanan, Director, Product Management
#IRegistered to vote. Have you?
September 26, 2016
¡Hola! Desplazarse hacia abajo para leer este mensaje en español -Ed.
On the eve of National Voter Registration Day, we’re doing our part to encourage American voters to get registered for the 2016 election. We've already added in-depth information in Search for
how to vote
, and now we're adding this same information in
. Now both Spanish and English speakers will be able to get custom, state-by-state information on key registration deadlines, when to get to the polls, and even steps on how to vote early or by mail. We hope this feature helps simplify the registration process for more American voters.
By helping more people get registered, we're also helping ensure more people get to the polls and vote. The majority of Americans who register to vote end up voting — according to the
US Census Bureau
, in 2012, 86 percent of those who registered also voted in the November election.
Today's Google Doodle encourages people to get registered in time for National Voter Registration Day
YouTube creators also want you to
head to the polls and #voteIRL
. Tune in to
to see how you can register to vote in the amount of time it takes
Ryan Seacrest to host a radio show
The Fung Bros to shoot hoops
. Surprising fact: it only takes one minute and 34 seconds! Once you’ve registered, join us in encouraging others along the voting process by sharing a post with #IRegistered on social media.
Registering to vote is just the first step toward casting your ballot in this year’s election. We hope that you’ll be inspired to learn more about the candidates, the issues, and the voting process — and make your voice heard in 2016!
Posted by Jonathan Betz, Engineering Manager, Civic Engagement
Yo me registre para votar. ¿Y tu? #IRegistered
En la víspera del Día Nacional de Registro de Votantes, estamos haciendo nuestra parte para animar a los votantes estadounidenses para registrarse para las elecciones del 2016. Ya hemos añadido información detallada en búsqueda de como
, y ahora estamos añadiendo esa misma información en
Ahora, tanto los hablantes de español e inglés podrán obtener información personalizada, estado por estado sobre las fechas clave de registro, horarios para llegar a las urnas, e incluso los pasos necesarios para votar temprano o por correo. Esperamos que esta función ayude a simplificar el proceso de registro para más votantes estadounidenses.
Al ayudar a que más personas se registren, también estamos ayudando a asegurar que más personas lleguen a las urnas y voten. La mayoría de los estadounidenses que se registran para votar terminan ejerciendo su voto - según la
Oficina del Censo de Estados Unidos
, en el año 2012, el 86 por ciento de los que se registraron también votaron en las elecciones de noviembre.
El Google Doodle de hoy anima a la gente para que se registren a tiempo como parte del Día Nacional de Registro de Votantes
Los creadores de YouTube también quieren que
acudas a las urnas y voten en vida real con la campaña #voteIRL
. Te recomendamos sintonizar esta lista de
para aprender cómo puedes registrarte para votar casi en la misma cantidad de tiempo que le toma a
Ryan Seacrest presentar su programa de radio
o a los
jugar baloncesto. De hecho, te sorprenderá saber que: ¡sólo te tomará un minuto y 34 segundos! Una vez que te hayas registrado, te invitamos a acompañarnos a animar a otros a lo largo del proceso de votar, compartiendo un post utilizando #IRegistered en tus redes sociales.
Registrarse para votar es sólo el primer paso para emitir tu voto en las elecciones de este año. ¡Esperamos que te inspires a aprender más sobre los candidatos, los temas, y el proceso de votación - y al mismo tiempo hacer oír tu voz en el 2016!
Publicado por Jonathan Betz, Gerente de Ingeniería, Participación Cívica
Search Results are officially AMP’d
September 20, 2016
Along with many others in the open source
Accelerated Mobile Pages Project
, we’ve been working to make the mobile web experience faster. In February, we launched AMP in the
“Top Stories” section
of Google Search, delivering news in a fast and reliable way. In August, we
linking to AMPs across the entire mobile search results page. Today we’re excited to announce that we’re rolling out that faster experience to users across the world.
Now when you search on your mobile device, you’ll see a label that indicates a page is AMP’d. This doesn’t change Search results but will show you which sites have pages that are ready to load lightning fast.
Today, the median time it takes for an AMP page to load from Google Search is less than one second. Beyond just saving you time with fast loading pages, AMP will also save you data -- AMP pages on Search use 10 times less data than the equivalent non-AMP page.
To date we have over 600 million AMP documents created by sites such as
(UK), and many more from all over the world (232 locales and 104 languages). These pages cover retail, travel, recipe, general knowledge and entertainment. That’s a lot of fast-loading pages!
To find out more about AMP, check out
Posted by David Besbris, VP Google Search
T Minus 54 Days Until the Election: Introducing the Google Trends Elections Hub!
September 14, 2016
With only 54 days until Americans head to the polls, interest in the U.S. presidential election is at an all-time high. In fact, election-related search interest is up 240% in 2016 compared to a similar point during the 2012 election cycle. And those trends around search interest tell an interesting story, revealing the candidates, moments and issues people are most interested in. To make it easier to explore this data, we created the
Google Trends Election Hub
Starting today, the Trends Elections Hub will offer a real-time pulse of the U.S. elections based on Google Trends. On the Hub, you can explore how people are searching for the candidates and political issues across the country. For example, if you explore search interest in the
, you’ll see that it’s more searched now than in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The Hub also will help you to find insights about this election at a new, granular level. For instance, while the economy is the most searched issue on average across the swing state of
, immigration is more searched in southern counties in the state.
At the top of the Hub, you can click to explore the Presidential candidates, Vice Presidential candidates and campaign tickets.
Each candidate and ticket page displays search interest in the candidate or set of candidates across the U.S., as well as top trending related searches and featured insights.
The Election Hub also features county-level data for the first time.
Click on a state
on the U.S. map, and you can find data around search interest for a Presidential candidate and issues at the county level.
We’ll also be sharing search trends around the biggest questions Americans have about the voting experience.
The map below
shows a breakdown of how -- and where -- people across the country are searching for voter registration.
Beyond the Hub, you can see Google Trends data across some of your everyday news sites, including
AP Election Buzz
ProPublica’s Election DataBot
With record online engagement around this historic 2016 election, we have a unique opportunity tell a story about the U.S. electorate through top of mind interests and questions in Search. And as Americans all across the country get ready to head to the polls, we are excited for the Trends Elections Hub to play a role in telling that story. We hope you check it out!
Posted By, Lisa Creed, Product Manager
Start sketching what you see for the future
September 14, 2016
If it ain’t
, don’t fix it: your favorite art contest is back! Today we’re kicking off the 2016
Doodle 4 Google contest
, where art-loving K-12 students from across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico are invited to bring their imagination to life in a doodle of the Google logo, using any medium they choose. The winning masterpiece will hang on the Google homepage for a day, where millions will enjoy it.
We like to think about what’s next. So we’re asking kids to imagine what awaits them in the years to come and represent that vision of this year’s theme: “What I see for the future…” Yes, that means anything they see — even if it includes flying dogs, living on a shooting star, the trip of their dreams, or for the true
out there — perhaps a distant world filled with dazzling new technology of all shapes and sizes.
This year’s contest is going to be one for the record books; the future and the ways to depict it are limitless. That’s why we’ll have an all-star group of judges including our very own Google Doodlers help select the National Winner. In addition to the homepage showcase, the winner will receive $30,000 towards a college scholarship, and the opportunity to work with the Doodle team at the Googleplex in Mountain View. As an added bonus: Their home school will get to spend $50,000 on technology to help foster the next generation of professionals (and who knows, maybe future Googlers, too!).
Submissions are open until December 2, 2016. So for you parents, teachers, babysitters, camp counselors or non-profit leaders out there: Encourage your kids and students
. We can’t wait to see what wonders await in their dreams for the future.
And now, we bid you farewell as we’re Van Goghing, Goghing, Gone.
Posted by Ryan Germick, Google Doodle Team Lead
Get a front row seat to Fashion Week with Google Search
September 1, 2016
Fall fashion season is here — from New York to London, Milan and Paris, the big trends are about to debut at Fashion Weeks around the world. And this year in Google Search on your mobile phone, you can see the latest styles straight from the runway, hear directly from the designers, shop your favorite looks, see the schedule of events, find related news and follow the action like you’re sitting in the front row — or even backstage.
Straight from the runway and beyond
With partners like BFA and firstVIEW, we’ll not only be showing looks from the runways, but highlights from the entire spectacle, right in Search. From backstage snapshots of the biggest shows, front-row images of your favorite celebs, street scenes, and of course, the parties, you won’t miss a moment.
Hear from the designers
Fashion Week is all about the designers: their inspiration, their creativity and their new collections. As part of an experimental feature, dozens of international designers and brands like Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney will be posting on Google Search, sharing inside information before, during and after the shows.
Shop your favorite looks
You'll also be able to shop the latest styles from Fashion Week in Search. Not only can you buy directly off the runway from designers like Burberry and Tom Ford, you can shop the current season by Prada, Christopher Kane and others. And you’ll be able to get inspiration on what to wear from images of front row looks, runway shots and insiders attending the shows.
As Fashion Week ramps up over the next week, you’ll start to see these fashion experiences appear in Search.
So this year, let Google be your “ticket” to Fashion Week, right on your mobile phone.
Posted by Cameron Mcknight, Product Manager and Ankita Goel, Product Manager
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