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Calling all teens: join the latest round of Google Code-inCalling all teens: join the latest round of Google Code-in

GoogleBlog - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 20:00

Yesterday marked the start of the 7th year of Google Code-in (GCI), our pre-university contest introducing students to open source development. GCI takes place entirely online and is open to students between the ages of 13 and 17 around the globe.

Open source software makes up the backbone of the internet, from servers and routers to the phone in your pocket, but it’s a community-driven effort. Google Code-in serves a dual purpose of encouraging young developers and ensuring that open source communities continue to grow.

The concept is simple: students complete bite-sized tasks created by 17 participating open source organizations on topic areas of their choice, including:

  • Coding

  • Documentation/Training

  • Outreach/Research

  • Quality Assurance

  • User Interface

Tasks take an average of 3-5 hours to complete and include the guidance of a mentor to help along the way. Complete one task? Get a digital certificate. Three tasks? Get a Google t-shirt. Mentor organizations pick finalists and grand prize winners from among the 10 students who contributed most to that organization. Finalists get a hoodie and Grand Prize winners get a trip to Google headquarters in California where they meet Googlers, mentors and fellow winners.  

Google Code-in began with 361 students from 45 countries and has grown to include, in 2015, 980 students from 65 countries. You can read about the experiences of past participants on the Google Open Source blog. Over the last 6 years, more than 3,000 students from 99 countries have successfully completed tasks in GCI.

Student Ahmed Sabie had this to say, “Overall, Google Code-in was the experience of a lifetime. It set me up for the future by teaching me relevant and critical skills necessary in software development.”

Know of a student who might be interested? Learn more about GCI by checking out our rules and FAQs. And please visit our contest site and read the Getting Started Guide. Teachers, you can find additional resources here to help get your students started.

The Google Code-in contest is now open! Students ages 13 to 17 gain real-world software development experience by building open source software with the support of mentors.
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Calling all teens: join the latest round of Google Code-inCalling all teens: join the latest round of Google Code-in

GoogleBlog - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 20:00

Yesterday marked the start of the 7th year of Google Code-in (GCI), our pre-university contest introducing students to open source development. GCI takes place entirely online and is open to students between the ages of 13 and 17 around the globe.

Open source software makes up the backbone of the internet, from servers and routers to the phone in your pocket, but it’s a community-driven effort. Google Code-in serves a dual purpose of encouraging young developers and ensuring that open source communities continue to grow.

The concept is simple: students complete bite-sized tasks created by 17 participating open source organizations on topic areas of their choice, including:

  • Coding

  • Documentation/Training

  • Outreach/Research

  • Quality Assurance

  • User Interface

Tasks take an average of 3-5 hours to complete and include the guidance of a mentor to help along the way. Complete one task? Get a digital certificate. Three tasks? Get a Google t-shirt. Mentor organizations pick finalists and grand prize winners from among the 10 students who contributed most to that organization. Finalists get a hoodie and Grand Prize winners get a trip to Google headquarters in California where they meet Googlers, mentors and fellow winners.  

Google Code-in began with 361 students from 45 countries and has grown to include, in 2015, 980 students from 65 countries. You can read about the experiences of past participants on the Google Open Source blog. Over the last 6 years, more than 3,000 students from 99 countries have successfully completed tasks in GCI.

Student Ahmed Sabie had this to say, “Overall, Google Code-in was the experience of a lifetime. It set me up for the future by teaching me relevant and critical skills necessary in software development.”

Know of a student who might be interested? Learn more about GCI by checking out our rules and FAQs. And please visit our contest site and read the Getting Started Guide. Teachers, you can find additional resources here to help get your students started.

The Google Code-in contest is now open! Students ages 13 to 17 gain real-world software development experience by building open source software with the support of mentors.
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How do I fix my iPhone’s Yellow Battery Icon?

AskDaveTaylor - 8 hours 50 min ago

Most people don’t realize it, but your iPhone battery icon can be any one of five different colors, to indicate different states of your battery. Yes, five. Normally it’s black if running off battery and green if plugged in, but in some situations you can have a white battery icon and in others, yellow or red. From a user interface perspective, it’s quite reasonable to assume that the yellow battery icon is telling you something’s wrong with the battery, particularly if you see it and you have, say, a 50% battery charge.

So what the heck does it mean to have a yellow battery icon on your brand new iPhone 8? Nothing much, actually. It’s all tied to Low Power Mode on the phone, and it really is nothing to worry about and will fix itself next time you charge the phone.

Here’s how it all works: If your phone gets down to almost no battery the battery icon itself turns red. You’ve undoubtedly seen it, we all have with smartphones. Get low enough and you’ll be prompted to enable Low Power Mode on iOS 9, iOS 10 and iOS 11 in a desperate attempt for your phone to last as long as possible:

As you can see, it disables a lot of background activities, so can be a good way to have your iPhone battery last longer overall, but the impact on your daily routine with your phone might be impacted.

But let’s step back and go through how to enable / disable Lower Power Mode at any point in your day. First off, here’s that anxiety-provoking battery icon:

75% battery and a yellow icon? What the deuce??

Turns out that once Lower Power Mode is enabled due to a low battery, it’s going to remain on until you charge your phone to 80% or more. At that point it just turns off again and you’re back to normal. So one way to fix the yellow battery icon problem is to simply charge your phone. Easy enough.

But if you’d rather have control over when you’re in LPM or not, that’s done in Settings. Look for “Battery” in your main Settings screen:

It’s a bit of a swipe down to find it (or you can search for it in the Settings app, of course) but once you tap on that you’ll find yourself looking at this:

As you can see this is where you can enable or disable Low Power Mode, if you’re so inclined. For example, leave your phone in LPM if you’re running out of juice, but once you go to plug it in for a recharge then go here to change mode so that you aren’t plagued by the yellow battery icon and, of course, so that all of these background features are re-enabled too.

Or, as I said earlier, you can just wait until you’ve more than an 80% charge and let iOS do the work for you:

And now you know all about the exciting world of iOS 11 battery icon colors.

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An easy booking button for businesses on GoogleAn easy booking button for businesses on Google

GoogleBlog - 17 hours 6 min ago

Since the introduction of Reserve with Google, fitness, wellness and beauty businesses in the U.S. have been able to let customers book their services through their listing on Google. Customers simply click the blue booking button to set up an appointment, schedule a massage, or reserve a spot in a spin class—all right when they find your business online.


Now, we're adding a way for business owners to sign up with one of our scheduling partners directly from their Google My Business account and add a booking button to their listing.


How bookings can help your business

When potential customers search online for the ideal salon or the perfect gym class, they’re trying to decide which one is best for them. Booking buttons can help your business stand out from the crowd. People can book an appointment in under a minute directly through your listing—and you make it easy for them to become customers. And you can quickly track how many bookings you get from your Google My Business dashboard.

Businesses across the U.S. have already told us they’re excited about the booking button. For Glow Yoga & Spa in San Francisco, CA, a simple booking process has enhanced the upbeat, customer-focused studio vibe that has kept people coming back. The owners of  Turner’s Barber Shop in Columbus, OH, have been hearing that their customers loved seeing available slots and booking their hair appointments right from Google search. And Body Works NW in Lewiston, WA, has an easier time managing their calendar when customers can schedule the exact time they want and see which massage therapists are available.

How it works1. Sign up: First, log in to Google My Business. If you have an account with one of our supported scheduling providers, your booking button has been automatically added to your Google listing. You can check it out and start tracking your bookings now. If you don’t have an account with a supported provider, you’ll see a button on the main screen asking you to sign up.

2. Choose your booking provider: Enroll with a scheduling provider from our list. Once you've enrolled, your account will be eligible to accept bookings through Google. Check back to see the new booking button on your listing within a few days.

3. Track your bookings: When you check back in with Google My Business, you’ll be able to track all of your bookings coming from Google.

These new features will be rolling out over the next few days in the U.S.—sign in to your account at google.com/business to give them a try. We’ll be adding the booking option in other countries and business categories soon, so stay tuned.

Fitness, wellness, and beauty businesses in the U.S. can let customers set up an appointment or reserve a spot in a class, right from your business listing online.
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Pay with Google and speed through checkoutPay with Google and speed through checkout

GoogleBlog - 20 hours 36 min ago

If you’ve ever paid for something on your phone or tablet, you know just how frustrating checkout can be. Maybe you had to fill in a bunch of forms. Maybe your session timed out. Maybe you encountered an error and had to start all over again. Back in May, we shared a sneak peek of how paying with Google would help you skip all that. And starting today you can now speed through online checkout on many of your favorite apps and websites with a few quick clicks.

Check out quickly with any card in your Google Account

When you pay with Google, you can use any of the credit or debit cards you’ve added to your Google Account from products like Google Play, YouTube, Chrome or Android Pay. Google sends the merchant your payment info and shipping address using the information from your account—no typing required. Then, the merchant will handle all the details just like any other purchase.

Here’s a look at just how easy it is in the Instacart app.

Pay for takeout, trips, or that new pair of shoes

You’ll be able to speed through checkout on your Android device whether you’re shopping in apps like iFood in Brazil, Dice in the U.K., or Kayak in the U.S.—or on the web with Chrome.

Here’s a look at the some of the popular places you can pay now, with more coming soon:

Calling all developers: Make buying a breeze

Got an app or website? Head to our developer docs to to learn how to get started with the Google Payment API. You can implement it with just a few lines of code, and it’s free—we don’t charge any transaction fees.

We’ve also partnered with an array of payment providers to make integration even simpler. They’ll continue to process all your transactions, so you can keep everything moving smoothly. Don’t see your payment provider on the list yet? We’re adding more partners all the time, so stay tuned.

Paying with Google makes checkout so fast and easy, you can make the most of every moment—whether you’re grabbing a dinner spot or a parking spot. Give it a go!

If you’ve ever paid for something on your phone or tablet, you know just how frustrating checkout can be. Starting today you can pay with Google to speed through online checkout with a few quick clicks.
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How to Make Cool YouTube Thumbnails?

AskDaveTaylor - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 13:34

Props to you for not only being a YouTuber and posting videos on YouTube, but on realizing that there’s a lot you can do to make your videos more popular and findable and to increase the chance that someone who sees the video in a search result will click on it. Why bother? Because eyeballs; YouTube search has what I call “momentum” so videos that are getting lots of views are ranked higher in search results, which cause them to get more views, which raises their rank even further. End result: To get lots of views on your videos you need to start out with as much in your favor as possible.

The obvious ones are a great title and smart description, along with lots of keywords (always at least ten, if not double that), but since the site is so visually oriented, it’s really the thumbnail, the preview image that’s going to help drive clicks and views to your content.

Fortunately YouTube makes that something you can create without too much work. To start, you’ll need to have a verified account so you can have access to this feature. If you haven’t done so yet, start at youtube.com/verify for the hoops to jump through.

Now when you upload a video and it’s processed, you’ll see the three usual options for thumbnails and a link that allows you to upload a custom thumbnail. Here’s an example from my review of the 1More Dual Driver ANC lightning headphones:

If you look closely, you’ll see that it’s already defaulted to the second of the three possible automatic thumbnails. But we don’t want that!

We’ll eventually click on “Custom thumbnail”, but not yet: we need to build it first.

The way I build thumbnails is that I go ahead and watch the video full screen, pausing often until I can get a still frame that I like. Here’s the one I got from about 42 seconds into this particular video:

Ultimately the magic dimensions for a thumbnail are 1920 x 1080, also known as the “1080p” HD resolution. The above is definitely not that set of dimensions, but it’s a starting point, so I use Command-Shift-3 to take a screen capture.

The program I like to use for this sort of graphical manipulation is a terrific piece of shareware called GraphicConverter. It has plenty of power for this particular task and is straightforward to use. To start, I simply open up the screen capture in the program:

Notice on the bottom frame it shows me the dimensions of the image: 3840 x 2400. That’s huge. Way too huge. More importantly, it’s not quite the right proportions, particularly when I get rid of the top and bottom bars and the YouTube video player controls.

To start, think about the dimensions. 1920 x 1080 is almost 2:1, so choose a subset of the image that’s approximately those dimensions. Here’s what I chopped out of the screen capture:

I crop to the selection, then since I’m going to add a bright, colorful frame I want to actually resize the resultant image to be a bit smaller than 1920×1080, actually 20 pixels smaller in each direction. It’ll also slightly distort to fit exactly the dimensions, even if it’s a wee bit out of proportion. If it’s too weird looking, you can always backup and try a different crop that’s closer to the 2:1 dimensions.

In GraphicConverter this is known as an image scale and you can see my 1910×1070 crop specification here:

That gets the image to the size I want. Then the next step is to add a frame so that it ends up the full dimensions desired. That’s done with yet another tool in GraphicConverter: Add Margins.

This adds a bright yellow margin on all four sides of the shrunken image. In addition, I add three or four words that I hope will jump out at the YouTube user and make them really want to click on my video. Here’s how it looks with the lettering added and the yellow border:

Looking good! Now it’s just a matter of saving it as a JPEG — YouTube can’t work with PNG thumbnails — and making sure it’s under the specified 2MB maximum file size. That’s done within the File > Save As… dialog box. Give it a mnemonic name like “thumbnail” (I know, no expense has been spared on coming up with fantastic names for this tutorial) and go back to YouTube.

Now it’s time to click on that lovely “Custom thumbnail” button and select the new thumbnail we’ve just created.

Looks great. Way better than the generic ones! And now you know how to create custom thumbnails.

For your edification, here’s the video too. See if you can figure out exactly where I grabbed the image for the thumbnail!

Hope that helps you out!

Please don’t forget to subscribe to the AskDaveTaylor YouTube channel and check out all our YouTube help here on the site too.

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Fall into autumn with #teampixelFall into autumn with #teampixel

GoogleBlog - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:30

With autumn in full swing, we’re taking note of the warmer colors being whisked into our feeds. This week, #teampixel wonderfully captures fall’s color palette, from burnt siennas to bright oranges. So grab a cup of tea, cozy up to the fire and flip through our favorite fall finds.

You can also join @verizon and #teampixel as we pass along a Google Pixel 2 from coast to coast on Instagram. Check out some of the stunning photos from the trip—in scenic Athens, NY, historic Paris, TX, and delicious Venice, CA.

Want to get featured on The Keyword and @google? Make sure to tag your photos with #teampixel and you might be next.

Get your fall fix with these #teampixel photos.
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Say “yes” to HTTPS: Chrome secures the web, one site at a timeSay “yes” to HTTPS: Chrome secures the web, one site at a time

GoogleBlog - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:00

Editor’s note: October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and we're celebrating with a series of security announcements this week. See our earlier posts on new security protections tailored for you, our new Advanced Protection Program, and our progress fighting phishing.

Security has always been one of Chrome’s core principles—we constantly work to build the most secure web browser to protect our users. Two recent studies concluded that Chrome was the most secure web browser in multiple aspects of security, with high rates of catching dangerous and deceptive sites, lightning-fast patching of vulnerabilities, and multiple layers of defenses.

About a year ago, we announced that we would begin marking all sites that are not encrypted with HTTPS as “not secure” in Chrome. We wanted to help people understand when the site they're on is not secure, and at the same time, provide motivation to that site's owner to improve the security of their site. We knew this would take some time, and so we started by only marking pages without encryption that collect passwords and credit cards. In the next phase, we began showing the “not secure” warning in two additional situations: when people enter data on an HTTP page, and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.

It’s only been a year, but HTTPS usage has already made some incredible progress. You can see all of this in our public Transparency Report:


  • 64 percent of Chrome traffic on Android is now protected, up from 42 percent a year ago.

  • Over 75 percent of Chrome traffic on both ChromeOS and Mac is now protected, up from 60 percent on Mac and 67 percent on Chrome OS a year ago

  • 71 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default, up from 37 a year ago

Percent of page loads over HTTPS in Chrome by platform

We’re also excited to see HTTPS usage increasing around the world. For example, we’ve seen HTTPS usage surge recently in Japan; large sites like Rakuten, Cookpad, Ameblo, and Yahoo Japan all made major headway towards HTTPS in 2017. Because of this, we’ve seen HTTPS in Japan surge from 31 percent to 55 percent in the last year, measured via Chrome on Windows. We see similar upward trends in other regions—HTTPS is up from 50 percent to 66 percent in Brazil, and 59 percent to 73 percent in the U.S.!


Ongoing efforts to bring encryption to everyone

To help site owners migrate (or originally create!) their sites on HTTPS, we want to make sure the process is as simple and cheap as possible. Let’s Encrypt is a free and automated certificate authority that makes securing your website cheap and easy. Google Chrome remains a Platinum sponsor of Let’s Encrypt in 2017, and has committed to continue that support next year.


Google also recently announced managed SSL for Google App Engine, and has started securing entire top-level Google domains like .foo and .dev by default with HSTS. These advances help make HTTPS automatic and painless, to make sure we’re moving towards a web that’s secure by default.


HTTPS is easier and cheaper than ever before, and it enables both the best performance the web offers and powerful new features that are too sensitive for HTTP. There’s never been a better time to migrate! Developers, check out our set-up guides to get started.

A year ago we began marking all sites that are not encrypted with HTTPS as “not secure” in Chrome. As more site owners improve the security of their site, we're checking in on the progress of HTTPS usage worldwide.
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Expanding access to renewable energy in the EUExpanding access to renewable energy in the EU

GoogleBlog - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:00

Earlier this year, we hosted an event in Brussels that brought business leaders, policy makers and civil society together to discuss ways to ensure EU renewable energy policy meets the changing needs of consumers. Last week, we were back in Brussels to continue the discussion at RE-Source, the largest gathering in the EU to-date of companies committed to buying renewable energy to cover their operations.


With 14 data centers on four continents and offices in 150 cities around the globe, Google consumes a lot of power. And combating climate change requires the world to transition to a clean energy economy. So we’ve made it a top priority not only to become more energy efficient but also to ensure that the energy we purchase comes from clean sources such as renewables. We have also found that purchasing energy from renewable resources also makes good business sense, for two key reasons:

  • The cost to produce and deploy renewable energy technologies like wind and solar has come down precipitously in recent years. In fact, in a growing number of areas, renewable energy is the cheapest form of energy available on the grid.
  • For those of us who manage a global power portfolio like many corporations, renewable energy contracts provide financial certainty and protection against fuel-price volatility.
Gary Demasi, Global Director of Data Center Energy and Location Strategy, during a fireside chat with Sonja van Renssen, Co-founder, Energy Post, at RE-Source 2017

Google is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world. To date, we’ve signed contracts to purchase 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy. In the EU alone, we have signed 669 MW of deals across 8 projects in Sweden, Norway, and The Netherlands and we are on track to reach 100% renewable energy for our operations in 2017—a major milestone. You can read more about our global sustainability efforts in the 2017 progress update of Google’s Environmental Report.


Despite this progress, many barriers to purchasing renewable energy still exist. The challenge ahead is to drive even more renewable purchasing and grow the size of the market. The EU is currently considering a series of directives on clean energy that provide opportunity to remove many of these barriers.  We look forward to working with EU policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure these efforts maximize the opportunity to scale renewables across Europe. For us, reaching 100% renewable energy purchasing on a global and annual basis is an important milestone but we’re just getting started. We want to help ensure that all energy consumers have a clear and easy path to choosing renewable sources.

Google discusses ways to ensure EU renewable energy policy meets the changing needs of consumers at RE-Source, the largest gathering in the EU to-date of companies committed to buying renewable energy.
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The High Five: this week’s trends have a sweet toothThe High Five: this week’s trends have a sweet tooth

GoogleBlog - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:00

A celebrity baby on the way, a sidelined NBA player, and ice cream for dessert: here’s a look at the week’s top-searched trends, with data from the Google News Lab.


Sing us a lullaby, you’re the Piano Man

Search interest in “Billy Joel age” went up nearly 8,000 percent this week after it was announced that the 68-year-old musician and his wife Alexis are expecting a child. Age was top of mind in the other searches as well: people asked “How old is Billy Joel’s wife?” and “How old is Billy Joel’s daughter?” as well as “How many children does Billy Joel have?”


I scream, you scream, we all search for the Museum of Ice Cream

After it it was reported that sprinkles from San Francisco’s Museum of Ice Cream (the interactive, social media-friendly art installation that’s already swept Los Angeles) have been found all around the city, search interest in “Museum of Ice Cream” rose nearly 5,00 percent. People are searching for the scoop: “How much are Museum of Ice Cream tickets?” “Who created the Museum of Ice Cream?” and “How to start something like the Museum of Ice Cream?” (Apparently it takes a lot of sprinkles.) And while we’re dishing out the ice cream trends ... the top-searched types of ice cream this week were “rolled ice cream,” “mochi ice cream,” and “vegan ice cream.”


NBA season tips off

After Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward fell to the floor with a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle on Wednesday (the first night of the NBA season), people searched: “How long will Gordon Hayward be out?” “How long does a fractured ankle take to heal?” and “How long is Gordon Hayward’s contract with the Celtics?” After the injury, search interest in Gordon Hayward shot up nearly 52,000 percent—making him the most searched NBA player on opening night (followed by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Steph Curry).


Let them eat (10-foot) cake

Rapper Gucci Mane had an extravagant wedding this week, and the highlight was a 10-foot-tall $75,000 cake, prompting people to search: “How much was Gucci Mane’s wedding?” “Where was Gucci Mane’s wedding?” and “Who was at Gucci Mane’s wedding?” (Hopefully enough people to eat all that cake.) While the decadent dessert may have raised questions about the rapper’s fortune, interest in “Gucci Mane wedding” was searched 2.5 times more than “Gucci Mane net worth.”


I’m feeling spooky

In the weeks leading up to Halloween, some have existential questions about the holiday (the top searched question was ”Why do people wear costumes for Halloween?”), while others are focused on finding the perfect costume: “What should I be for Halloween?” “How to make a Halloween costume?” and “What is the most popular Halloween costume?” We’ve got the last question covered—Google’s Frightgeist can tell you what people around the country or in your own hometown are searching for this Halloween.

Check out what’s trending on Google with a look at a few of the top searches from this week.
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New Android Management API delivers simple, powerful tools for enterpriseNew Android Management API delivers simple, powerful tools for enterprise

GoogleBlog - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:00

Managing mobile devices and applications can be a challenge for businesses and partners of all sizes.


Today, our Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) partners write their own management app in order to enable management of Android devices; we call this a “device policy controller” (DPC) app. A DPC app is essentially an agent deployed by the EMM, with the real value living in the console and back end, which the app communicates with directly.  


Now, with our newest tool, the Android Management API, customers and EMMs can manage devices using a server-side API and eliminate the need to write a management app. The Android Management API takes on this complexity so partners can focus on what’s important to their customers and not worry about the underlying Android framework.


Now, creating policies for your device fleet is as simple as creating a Google Cloud project and making a couple of REST API calls. The Android Management API is built around policies, rather than discrete transactions; just tell the API how a device should be managed.

Behind the scenes, Google interprets these policies into a specific set of actions for the target device, and executes those requests using the Android Device Policy app, a Google-made managing agent. Because we provide the managing agent, developers don’t need to handle nuances of the framework implementation, such as which APIs are available or what bugs need to be worked around on given versions of Android.

We’ve been testing the Android Management API with several early access partners. Mobiltec, which has launched a validated Corporate Owned Single-Use (COSU) solution, found the new API sped up the company’s EMM efforts by easing back on some development needs.


“Android Management API is a powerful Cloud Platform API that allows us to easily integrate Android EMM functions to cloud4mobile, our EMM tool. With this new management API, we can deliver top-of-market EMM solutions to a wide range of devices,” says Paulo Morandi, senior software architect at Mobiltec. “Since we don't need to develop our own DPC (device policy controller), new features can be added in minutes; just some HTTP requests and you are done.”

 

The Android Management API is compatible with any device running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or above that has Google Play installed. Designed with the needs of businesses in mind, it doesn't matter if an organization's devices come from one or many manufacturers—this new API provides a consistent way to manage a device.


Our first set of APIs focus on purpose-built devices use cases, such as digital signage, ticket printing, or kiosks. Over the coming months, our team of engineers will add more features to cover knowledge worker management use cases, and ultimately all Android enterprise solution sets.


The Android Management API is now available in beta for all partners and developers, whether they are developing EMM software, purpose-built specific applications, or an in-house solution for an organization.


Want to try it out? Using Google’s API Explorer, you can try out the API and provision a device in minutes. All you need is a new or factory reset Android 6.0+ device and a Gmail account. Check out the Quick Start Guide to discover how quickly things can get up and running. We hope this makes development easier for partners and helps them bring the latest Android features to customers faster.With the Android Management API, customers and EMMs can manage devices using a server-side API and eliminate the need to write a management app.
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Shields are in, brooms are out: this year's top Halloween costume trendsShields are in, brooms are out: this year's top Halloween costume trendsData Editor, Google News Lab

GoogleBlog - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00

What are you dressing up as this year? Every Halloween, people across the United States turn to Google to search for what to wear on the spookiest night of the year. And with our tool Frightgeist, you’ll get a view of Halloween costume trends across the U.S., and you can see the most-searched costumes near you (and avoid those embarrassing Halloween party costume clashes).

This year, the top 10 costume list reflects everything from movie hits like “Wonder Woman” and “It” to the perennial appeal of the (walking) undead.

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. Harley Quinn
  3. Clown
  4. Unicorn
  5. Rabbit
  6. Witch
  7. Mouse
  8. Pirate
  9. Zombie
  10. Dinosaur

If the top 10 isn’t enough, you can explore the top 100 costumes across the country: Click on a costume and you can see how it’s trending, where it’s searched, and how it’s changed over time. In the top 100 list, film characters account for a fifth of costume searches, followed by animals at 12 percent and comic book characters at 11 percent.

In 2016 Harley Quinn, inspired by “Suicide Squad,” ruled All Hallows Eve—but this year the Princess of the Amazons has dethroned her. We’re also seeing some new entries to the list—these are new additions to the top 100 list since last Halloween:

  1. Moana
  2. IT
  3. Emoji
  4. Stranger Things
  5. Thing 1

To see what people are searching in your hometown or other cities around the country, click on “Costume Map.” (We see you and your elephants, Casper, WY. But no love for the friendly ghost?)


Just because a costume is in the top 10 doesn’t mean it will stay there. These are the costumes with the biggest drop in rankings over the last year:


1. Maleficent

2. Knight

3. Frankenstein

4. Evil Queen

5. Snow White


And if you still can’t decide what to wear, you should check out the costume wizard. Set the spookiness and originality settings and see what it comes back with.

Freightgeist shows the most searched Halloween costumes nationwide and by city.
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Extract a Single Frame from an Animated GIF?

AskDaveTaylor - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:23

You’re spot on that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has some fantastic animated GIF images. Turns out that the sequences of photos that satellites and probes take are perfect for the flip-book-esque characteristics of an animated GIF, as they’ve long since figured out. The one I most recently bumped into is a rather mind-boggling sequence of the moon traversing across the face of the Earth, all taken from a million miles out in space.

I know, it sounds like some sci-fi movie special effect – and it’s definitely something we’ve seen in plenty of movies and TV shows! – but this isn’t a computer rendering, it’s the actual thing. The page is aptly titled From a Million Miles: NASA Camera Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth. Click on that and go check it out, the page itself is super interesting and budding young scientists will be excited by the imagery for sure.

But how do you extract a single frame? Turns out that’s a rather laborious process, though not difficult. Let me show you how to use the Mac program Preview to do all the work.

To start, however, here’s the animated GIF sequence from that NASA page:

I could just sit and watch that all day, actually. So amazing to think that we have cameras so far from our planet that they can capture these sort of images and successfully transmit them back to us for analysis!

Download this image from the site (easy: Right-click or Control-click on the image and choose “Save Image As…” to do so) and double click it to open it up in the mighty Preview program. Here’s what you’ll get:

As you can see, each frame of the animated GIF is shown as a different image on the left side, which is great. Using the arrow-down key, you can step frame by frame to find the image that you find most appealing. Me? I like frame 9 quite a bit:

Now the easiest part of the process: Simply drag the thumbnail of the frame you want from the left side list to the Desktop.

It’ll show up, but as a TIFF file, rather oddly:

Almost there. In fact, you can use it as-is if you want, though TIFF images tend to be rather large. Instead, let’s go through one more step and double click to open it up again – in Preview! – and change it to a JPEG file.

Opened up, you’ll see just the single frame:

I think it’s funny that “(dragged)” is added to the image name, actually. Somewhere in Apple there’s a programmer who is quite the literalist!

Anyway, choose “Export…” from the File menu:

Here you’ll see a standard file save dialog box, but pay attention to the bottom portion, where you can choose what format you want:

I chose “PNG” as a format rather than a JPEG, because it’s got all the same benefits but also produces a smaller file in almost all cases. Note also that I gave the file a better and more descriptive name too: moon-transit-pic9. A click on “Save” and it’s done.

Really, an extraordinary picture! And it’s in a handy PNG format, ready to add to your class or lecture notes, whether you’re using Microsoft Word, Pages or even just a Web page editor to assemble things.

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10 things you can do with your new Pixel 210 things you can do with your new Pixel 2

GoogleBlog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:00

It’s here! Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL hit shelves today in the U.S. Here’s a few things you can do with your Pixel 2, right out of the box.


1. Transfer your stuff from your old phone in less than 10 minutes—photos, videos, music, contacts, calendar events, apps, messages, and more. Just plug in the the cord and follow the simple instructions on the screen to make the switch. If you need help, there’s a team available 24/7 to talk you through it.


2. Say cheese! Pixel 2 has the highest-rated smartphone camera ever, with a DxOMark Mobile score of 98. Take brilliant photos in any light, and play around with new exposure controls and features like Smartburst, which takes a rapid-fire sequence of shots. Get motion photos with every shot. Pixel 2 also comes with incredible video stabilization, thanks to a combination of both optical and electronic image stabilization.

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3. Focus. New portrait mode in the Pixel 2 front and rear cameras gives you crisp, beautiful portraits and selfies with a gorgeous background blur (on both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL). For more on portrait mode, including some tips for how to take the best portraits, see this post.

4. Get unlimited storage for all your memories. All Pixel 2 users get free unlimited storage in the highest resolution for all of the photos and videos taken on your Pixel with Google Photos.


5. Search what you see with Google Lens in Google Photos. With this preview, just for Pixel 2 users, you can learn about the world around you and get things done. Save phone numbers and email addresses right to your contacts; learn more about landmarks, artwork, books, movies, music albums, and video games; or copy and share URLs from posters.

6. Just squeeze the sides of your phone, say “Ok Google,” or long press the Home button to call on your Google Assistant for help finding answers and getting things done. The Google Assistant understands you, so you don’t have to edit the text messages you dictate. Ask to play a song on Google Play Music, YouTube Music, or Spotify. Or control your phone by saying “turn on night light, "do not disturb” or "change my ringtone" and your Google Assistant will make it happen—no need to dig into settings.


7. Get big entertainment wherever you go. Pixel 2 comes with a razor-sharp display and dual front-facing stereo speakers for crystal-clear sound. It also delivers high quality audio through the new USB-C headphone port and through the updated, hi-fi Bluetooth support. With Fast Pair, you can quickly and easily set up compatible wireless headphones with just a tap.


8. See the important stuff at a glance. With Always-On-Display, you can see the time and notifications without waking up your phone.


9. Name that tune. On your Always-On-Display, the Now Playing feature will show you song and artist info for music playing around you. This works entirely on the device, so no audio is sent to Google.


10. Play well with others. Pixel is made to work seamlessly with your other Google devices. Say “Ok Google, play recommended videos on the TV” and your Assistant helps you keep watching on Chromecast without missing a beat. Or ask your Assistant on Google Home to “find my phone” to hear it ring and find its last location. We’re adding new features all the time, and as the rest of our hardware family hits stores this fall, your Pixel will work with those too.

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL hit shelves today in the U.S. Here are some things you can do with the newest phone made by Google.
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Helping NASA and JPL bring the surface of Mars to your browserHelping NASA and JPL bring the surface of Mars to your browser

GoogleBlog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:09

On August 6, 2012, the Curiosity rover landed on Mars. Ever since, it’s been searching for evidence that Mars has ever been suitable for life. It’s also been photographing the Martian terrain in great detail. Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab use these photos to create a 3D model of Mars. It’s a one-of-a-kind scientific tool for planning future missions.


Today, we’re putting that same 3D model into an immersive experience for everyone to explore. We call it Access Mars, and it lets you see what the scientists see. Get a real look at Curiosity’s landing site and other mission sites like Pahrump Hills and Murray Buttes. Plus, JPL will continuously update the data so you can see where Curiosity has just been in the past few days or weeks. All along the way, JPL scientist Katie Stack Morgan will be your guide, explaining key points about the rover, the mission, and some of the early findings.


The experience is built using WebVR, a technology that lets you see virtual reality right in your browser, without installing any apps. You can try it on a virtual reality headset, phone, or laptop.


Check it out at g.co/accessmars.


And if you’re an educator, we’ve updated our Mars tour in Google Expeditions with highlights from this experience. To try it with your class or in self-guided mode, download the Expeditions app from Google Play or the App Store.

The real surface of Mars. Photographed by the Curiosity rover. Used by NASA JPL scientists. Now in your browser.
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Delivering better government services at lower costs with ChromeDelivering better government services at lower costs with Chrome

GoogleBlog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:00

Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Vijay Badal, Director of Application Services of DOTComm. Founded in 2003, DOTComm provides centralized IT support and consulting for 70 government agencies in the city of Omaha and Douglas County, NE. DOTComm uses Chrome browser and G Suite to improve employee productivity and mobility and cut IT costs.

At DOTComm, our employees provide technical support for more than 5,000 government workers throughout Omaha and Douglas County. Because these workers are spread across 120 different locations, our employees need access to the tools they need to do their jobs whether they’re in the office or on site with our customers. Several years ago, we realized the legacy systems we were using were getting in the way.

When employees had to travel to provide technical support for the government agencies we serve, they didn’t have mobile access to important documents, or the ability to share and send files back to the office, such as videos that outlined technical issues. In addition, hardware and licensing were costly, and inflexible productivity applications were making it difficult for employees to collaborate or work from the road. Plus, we needed half a dozen employees just to maintain our infrastructure!

To solve these challenges, we turned to Chrome and G Suite. Chrome is fast, secure and gives our staff access to thousands of useful extensions. It’s also allowed us to standardize across our desktop and mobile devices. G Suite has helped us cut hardware costs and improve collaboration and mobility. With Chrome and G Suite, we no longer pay thousands of dollars in annual licensing fees, and we’ve reduced the number of people managing infrastructure from six to one, freeing up the other five people to work on different tasks.

Chrome’s extensions have been big productivity boosters. One extension syncs the staffs’ Google calendars with their Salesforce calendars. Previously, employees had to check two separate apps and cross-reference two separate calendars. Now they only need to check one. Another extension gives staff mobile access to Google Docs and Google Sheets. This means they can work nearly anywhere. When they’re out of the office, or in the field, they can create and share files on any device they need.

As an IT department, we’re particularly pleased with the security and other IT benefits we get with Google. Chrome has built-in malware and phishing protection, and we use the G Suite admin console to ensure all user downloads are stored on the same network drive so they can be checked for malware. The G Suite admin console lets us control Chrome settings for employees, including adding extensions on whitelists so employees can use them, pushing recommended extensions to users, and rolling out Chrome updates on a scheduled timeframe. That’s made our IT administrators’ lives much easier and has been a huge timesaver. And because we centrally manage the rollout of extensions for new employees, individual city and departments no longer need to have a dedicated IT person working on new hire application orientation. So we save time and money with each new hire.

Meanwhile, the number of help tickets for IT support has plummeted, from 30 a day to one or two. For example, we no longer have to deal with local archive files, which means our staff spends less time troubleshooting and the government employees we serve don’t waste time wrestling with unfamiliar technology. Productivity has increased as well. For example, City Police, City Fire, and County Health departments all use shared Google Sheets within their individual precincts for shift change management. This allows them to roll over shift changes swiftly and efficiently, without missing any critical ongoing task assignments.

Chrome browser and G Suite have allowed us to offer more secure and productive IT services to all City of Omaha and Douglas County employees, who are then able to better serve citizens. DOTComm and the City of Omaha were recently honored as one of "Top 10 Cities" by the Center for Digital Government in its Digital Cities Survey 2016, which recognizes cities that use technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement. This marked the first time the City of Omaha made the list—but I predict it won’t be the last now that we’re using Chrome browser and G Suite.

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Google Home Mini has arrived—here’s what you can do with itGoogle Home Mini has arrived—here’s what you can do with it

GoogleBlog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00

A few weeks ago we unveiled Google Home Mini, the newest addition to the Google Home family. About the size of a donut, it has all the smarts of the Google Assistant and gives you hands-free help in any room of your house. Starting today, you can grab it online from the Google Store or online or on shelves of Best Buy, Walmart, Target and other stores.

Just start with “Hey Google” to get answers from your Google Assistant, tackle your day, enjoy music or TV shows, and control your compatible smart home devices. And with Voice Match, the Assistant can tell your voice from others—up to six people can get personal assistance on each device.

Here are six fun things you can do with your Mini:

  1. Find my phone: When you lose your phone in the couch cushions, your Assistant can find it for you. “Hey Google, find my phone” will ring your Android phone (even if it’s on silent) or your iPhone.
  2. Set a sleep timer: Fall asleep to the sweet sounds of your favorite music or podcast by saying, “Hey Google, set a sleep timer for 30 minutes.”
  3. Play news by voice on your TV: Stay on top of current events with YouTube news playlists from sources like ABC, Fox and NBC. With a Chromecast-connected TV, you can ask say: “Hey Google, play the news on my TV” or “Ok Google, play sports news on my TV.”
  4. Turn the TV on and off: With Google Home, Chromecast, and a compatible TV you can just say “Hey Google, turn off the TV.”
  5. Enable night mode: In night mode, Mini’s lights dim and the volume lowers so that you you don’t disturb others in your household when it’s late (or early).
  6. Set a default TV or speaker: Choose a Chromecast-connected TV to be your default screen, so you don’t need to mention the device's name in your voice command. When you say “Play yoga videos,” they’ll play on the TV you’ve set as the default. It works the same way for speakers connected to Chromecast Audio—you can designate a group of speakers that cover several rooms (“first floor,” for example) as the default. Then say “Hey Google, play workout playlist” and it will automatically start playing on that group of speakers.

You can start using these features today with any Google Home or Google Home Mini—and stay tuned for lots more to come!

Starting today, you can purchase Google Home Mini online at the Google Store, or find it at other retailers including Best Buy, Walmart and Target.
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From paw prints to a digital footprint: a tailor shop attracts new customersFrom paw prints to a digital footprint: a tailor shop attracts new customers

GoogleBlog - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:00

A chubby French Bulldog keeps watch in front of a vintage-looking tailor shop in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. Meet Bruno, the face of Village Tailor and Cleaners. Vince, the shop’s owner, immigrated to the U.S. from Italy when he was just 18 years old, establishing Village Tailor in 1977. Today, his family-run business has grown into three locations and is best known for its skilled leather and suede alterations. Inside the shop, a wall covered in autographed photos of celebrity customers—Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Elton John, and others—is a testament to the iconic quality of Vince's work.

Vince and Bruno outside the shop.

While Bruno had been doing a wonderful job bringing in passersby, Vince knew he needed a way to stand out from the many tailoring shops in SoHo and reach more customers.


Vince noticed that most of his customers were walking in with a bag of clothes in one hand, and researching local businesses on their cell phone with the other. So, he decided to get his business online. He saw it as similar to Bruno sitting out front: their online presence could spark curiosity, help them stand out, and invite in new customers.

Bruno is on the lookout for new customers ... and treats.

He set up Village Tailor's Google listing, so that he could edit how his business appears when people find it on Google Search and Maps. He added photos to his listing, posted updates about his skilled alterations, and used Google website builder to create a free high-quality website from his phone in less than 10 minutes. Now, when he asks new customers how they found his shop, they often mention Google.

Having an online presence not only helped Vince reach new customers, but it allowed him to build relationships with his existing customers by responding to reviews. Knowing that people trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, reviews are an opportunity to adapt his business to customers’ needs. The results have been great for Village Tailor: within weeks of getting online, Vince noticed they were bringing in on average five more customers per week. After three months, that number increased to 15 per week, representing a 30% revenue increase per year for Vince. 

The store’s early success with Google My Business inspired Vince to try AdWords, advertising to potential customers searching on Google for keywords related to tailoring. Since customers raved about the leather and suede work in Village Tailor’s Google reviews, Vince focused on those services in his online ads which brought in even more revenue. That meant he could hire more tailors and invest in new equipment to keep up with the long lines of customers. Now, while Bruno will always have a place in front of Village Tailor, Google brings in most of their customers. Sorry Bruno!

Father and son: two generations of excellence in alterations.

Today, Vince’s son Vincent Jr. manages Vince's Village Cobbler, the shoe repair shop next door. Building on the family business’s tradition of excellent craftsmanship in shoes and leather goods, he continues to develop Village Cobbler's online presence with an e-commerce website that offers shipping all over the U.S. He also plans to find new customers with Google My Business and Google AdWords, just like his father has, to keep the family business growing. 

How the owner of a vintage tailor shop used Google products to attract new customers.
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A focus on portrait mode: behind the scenes with Pixel 2’s camera featuresA focus on portrait mode: behind the scenes with Pixel 2’s camera features

GoogleBlog - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:00

This week the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google’s newest smartphones, arrive in stores. Both devices come with features like Now Playing, the Google Assistant, and the best-rated smartphone camera ever, according to DXO.


We designed Pixel 2’s camera by asking how we can make the camera in your Pixel 2 act like SLRs and other big cameras, and we’ve talked before about the tech we use to do that (such as HDR+). Today we’re highlighting a new feature for Pixel 2’s camera: portrait mode.


With portrait mode, you can take pictures of your friends and family (that includes your pets too!) that keep what’s important sharp and in focus, but softly blur out the background. This helps draw your attention to the people in your pictures and keeps you from getting distracted by what’s in the background. This works on both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, on both the rear- and front-facing cameras.

Pictures without (left) and with (right) portrait mode. Photo by Matt Jones

Technically, blurring out the background like this is an effect called “shallow depth of field.” The big lenses on SLRs can be configured to do this by changing their aperture, but smartphone cameras have fixed, small apertures that produce images where everything is more or less sharp. To create this effect with a smartphone camera, we need to know which parts of the image are far away in order to blur them artificially.


Normally, to determine what’s far away with a smartphone camera you’d need to use two cameras close to each other, then triangulate the depth of various parts of the scene—just like your eyes work. But on Pixel 2 we’re able to combine computational photography and machine learning to do the same with just one camera.

How portrait mode works on the Pixel 2

Portrait mode starts with an HDR+ picture where everything is sharp and high-quality.


Next, our technology needs to decide which pixels belong to the foreground of the image (a person, or your dog) and which belong to the background. This is called a “segmentation mask” and it’s where machine learning comes in. We trained a neural network to look at a picture and understand which pixels are people and which aren’t. Because photos of people may also include things like hats, sunglasses, and ice cream cones, we trained our network on close to a million pictures—including pictures with things like those!


Just creating two layers—foreground and background, with a hard edge in between them—isn’t quite enough for all pictures you’d want to take; SLRs produce blur that gets stronger with each fraction of an inch further from the thing that’s in sharp focus. To recreate that look with Pixel 2’s rear camera, we use the new Dual Pixel sensor to look through the left and right sides of the camera’s tiny lens at the same time—effectively giving us two cameras for the price of one. Using these two views we compute a depth map: the distance from the camera to each point in the scene. Then we blur the image based on the combination of the depth map and the segmentation mask.


The result? Portrait mode.

Pictures without (left) and with (right) portrait mode. Photo by Sam Kweskin

Portrait mode works a little differently on the front-facing camera, where we aren’t able to produce a depth map the same way we do with the more powerful rear-facing camera. For selfies, we just use our segmentation mask, which works particularly well for selfies since they have simpler compositions.

Selfie without (left) and with (right) portrait mode. The front-facing camera identifies which background pixels to blur using only machine learning—no depth map. Photo by Marc Levoy When and how to use portrait mode

Portrait mode on the Pixel 2 is automatic and easy to use—just choose it from your camera menu then take your picture. You can use it for pictures of your friends, family, and even pets. You can also use it for all kinds of “close-up” shots of objects such flowers, food, or bumblebees (just don’t get stung!) with background blur.

Close-up picture without (left) and with (right) portrait mode. Photo by Marc Levoy

Here are some tips for how to take great portraits using any camera (and Pixel 2 as well!):


  • Stand close enough to your subjects that their head (or head and shoulders) fill the frame.
  • For a group shot where you want everyone sharp, place them at the same distance from the camera.
  • Put some distance between your subjects and the background.
  • For close-up shots, tap to focus to get more control over what’s sharp and what’s blurred. Also, the camera can’t focus on things closer than several inches, so stay at least that far away.
To learn more about portrait mode on the Pixel 2, watch this video by by Nat & Friends, or geek out with our our in-depth, technical post over on the Research blog.
× With portrait mode on the Pixel 2, you can take pictures of friends, family and pets that keep what’s important sharp and in focus, but softly blur out the background. Get a glimpse at how we used computational photography and machine learning to create portrait mode.
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Make a voice recording on an Android phone?

AskDaveTaylor - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:58

Android is an interesting operating system for smartphones. There’s so much that Google has gotten right and that other companies like Samsung and LG have added, that almost always Android is ready to roll and doesn’t require much of any additions. Recording voice, however, is a forgotten feature and you’ll need to download an app to accomplish the task. Which means that there are predictably dozens of apps that all claim to be the best audio recording utility and you need to choose one!

My strategy is always to look for an app that has a lot of downloads (assuming that “millions” of people can’t be wrong) and also has a high star rating. Find both of those in the Google Play Store and you’re heading in the right direction. It’s quite an easy task, however, so there’s no reason that you should have to pay, suffer through in-app purchases, or similar. An advert? Well, the programmer has to make a few bucks, I’m okay with that as long as it doesn’t get in the way of actually using the program.

Which brings us back to the voice recording feature. I tested this out on a brand new AT&T LG V30, the next generation of your own LG phone, just utilizing the built-in microphone for input. There are lots of third party mics you can plug in that will get you better results — you can check out my YouTube channel for reviews of many of ’em — but to start, you’ll get surprisingly good recordings with nothing other than a free app!

I started by searching for “voice recorder free” and got a bunch of choices:

Here’s where the star ratings are your friend. A close look and you’ll see that the fourth option has the best ratings – 4.8 stars. That’s the one I’m going to download and install, a task that’s two finger taps away.

Downloaded Voice Recorder for Android? Great, now tap on the app icon to launch the program. It’ll look like this:

You can see that there’s a tiny advert along the bottom (the “w” graphic and green “install” button). You can safely ignore that area if it’s not something that catches your attention.

Along the very bottom are three choices. Left to right, it’s the “archive” area with the headphones icon where you can find previous recordings, the red microphone to make a new recording, and the gear icon for settings and preferences.

What you really want, however, is that big red button in the middle of the screen. Tap on it and you’re recording!

The top bars show a visual representation of the input: it should be bouncing up and down to show you that the mic is working and you’re getting something.

Now talk to your phone. Pick it up if you want, or leave it on the table. Have your friend talk too, to see how that works.

Done? Tap on the red square button and it’ll stop recording and prompt you to name the new file:

I gave my demo audio file the name “audio demo.mp3”.

Name your file, tap “OK” and now you can tap the headphone icon on the lower left to see it listed:

You can listen to it again, with headphones, a bluetooth speaker, whatever. Want to transfer it to your computer? Mac or Windows, just plug in your phone. If you have Android File Transfer on a Mac, for example, you’ll see this pop up:

To find your new audio file, go into “Recorders“, as I have highlighted above.

It’ll show you each and every audio recording created by the program:

Easy enough. Find the one you want and simply drag it onto your Desktop. Android File Transfer will do all the work and you’ve got an audio file you can use, listen to, share on Facebook, email to grandma, whatever!

And not only that, here’s what mine sounded like, for your listening pleasure:

https://www.askdavetaylor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/android-audio-recorder-demo.mp3

That’s it. Whatever variation of Android you have, a quick visit to the Google Play Store will yield you an app that can do audio recordings, and the resultant files can be quite easily shared onto your computer using the free Android File Transfer tool shown.

While you’re here, by the way, do look around. I have tons of Android help on the site!

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