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Introducing the Android Basics Nanodegree
June 23, 2016
[Cross posted from the
Official Google Blog
Do you have an idea for an app but you don’t know where to start? There are over 1 billion Android devices worldwide, providing a way for you to deliver your ideas to the right people at the right time. Google, in partnership with Udacity, is making Android development accessible and understandable to everyone, so that regardless of your background, you can learn to build apps that improve the lives of people around you.
Enroll in the new Android Basics Nanodegree. This series of courses and services teaches you how to build simple Android apps--even if you have little or no programming experience. Take a look at some of the apps built by our students:
The app "ROP Tutorial" built by student Arpy Vanyan raises awareness of a potentially blinding eye disorder called Retinopathy of Prematurity that can affect newborn babies.
And user Charles Tommo created an app called “Dr Malaria” that teaches people ways to prevent malaria.
designed by Google, you can learn skills that are applicable to building apps that solve real world problems. You can learn at your own pace to use
(Google’s official tool for Android app development) to design app user interfaces and implement user interactions using the Java programming language.
walk you through step-by-step on how to build an order form for a coffee shop, an app to track pets in a shelter, an app that teaches vocabulary words from the Native American Miwok tribe, and an app on recent earthquakes in the world. At the end of the course, you will have an entire portfolio of apps to share with your friends and family.
Upon completing the Android Basics Nanodegree, you also have the opportunity to continue your learning with the Career-track Android Nanodegree (for intermediate developers). The first 50 participants to finish the Android Basics Nanodegree have a chance to win a scholarship for the Career-track Android Nanodegree. Please visit
for additional details and eligibility requirements. You now have a complete learning path to help you become a technology entrepreneur or most importantly, build very cool Android apps, for yourself, your communities, and even the world.
All of the
that make up this Nanodegree are available online for no charge at
. In addition, Udacity provides paid services, including access to coaches, guidance on your project, help staying on track, career counseling, and a certificate upon completion for a fee.
You will be exposed to introductory computer science concepts in the Java programming language, as you learn the following skills.
Build app user interfaces
Implement user interactions
Store information in a database
Pull data from the internet into your app
Identify and fix unexpected behavior in the app
Localize your app to support other languages
To enroll in the Android Basics Nanodegree program,
See you in class!
Posted by Shanea King-Roberson, Lead Program Manager
Much awaited Gboard on iOS is here: Search, GIFs, emojis & more. Right from your keyboard.
June 23, 2016
[Cross posted from the
Official Google Blog
iPhone users—this one’s for you. Gboard is now available in India. This new app for your iPhone that lets you search and send information, GIFs, emojis and more, right from your keyboard.
Say you’re texting with a friend about tomorrow’s lunch plans. They ask you for the address. Until now it’s worked like this: You leave your texting app. Open Search. Find the restaurant. Copy the address. Switch back to your texts. Paste the address into a message. And finally, hit send.
Search with Gboard
Searching and sending stuff on your phone shouldn’t be that difficult. With Gboard, you can search and send all kinds of things—restaurant info, flight times, news articles—right from your keyboard. Anything you’d search on Google, you can search with Gboard. Results appear as cards with the key information front and center, such as the phone number, ratings and hours. With one tap, you can send it to your friend and you keep the conversation going.
You can search for more than just Google search results. Instead of scrolling to find💃 or 👯 , search for “dancer” and find that emoji you were looking for instantly. Even better—you can search for the perfect GIF to show people how you’re really feeling.
Finally, Gboard has Glide Typing, which lets you type words by sliding your finger from key to key instead of tapping—so everything you do is just a little bit faster.
Gboard works in any app—messaging, email, YouTube—so you can use it anywhere on your phone.
Get it on the App Store
now in English in India with more languages to come.
Posted by Rajan Patel, Principal Engineer
Discovering Indian Cinema with Google
June 21, 2016
I have loved Indian cinema since I was eight years old. I remember watching films like
Awara, Sholay, Kabhi Kabhi and Lamhe. They inspired me to begin my career in Bollywood.
Back then when I wanted to learn the lines of my favorite scenes, or the lyrics to my favorite songs, I would have to wait for the film to be playing at my local cinema, or for the next issue of a Film Fare magazine come out!
Today, things have changed. I can turn to my smartphone and ask Google things like: “
which was the first Bollywood movie
?” or “
What movies are Anil Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in together
?” I’m not alone doing this either, we’re a film-obsessed nation. Jumping on your phone to look up
Sunidhi Chauhan’s songs
when the next screening of Te3n
is almost a national sport. In fact, around one in ten mobile searches in India are related to Indian cinema.
India’s passion for cinema actually inspired a team of film buffs at Google to develop a couple of Search experiences especially for India and Indian cinema. Ever wanted to wrap your head around the
labyrinth of the Kapoor family
? Or know more about the
Now you can ask Google questions about films, actors, song lyrics, film trivia, trailers, screening times and more, you’ll get a rich, contextual answers. You can check out this new Search experience in this tribute film:
I had Koffee with the Google team in Mumbai last week to give these features a spin in person, and we played a round of rapid fire. Here are some of the questions I asked them:
What was the first Bollywood movie
Tell me more about Alam Ara
Show me Anil Kapoor and Ranveer Singh movies
What is Akshay Kumar’s real name?
What was Sholay’s budget?
How many can you answer? If you’re not sure, try asking Google and seeing the Indian cinema experiences in action. Let me know how you did! Use the hashtag #GoogleAtTheMovies and tell me what you discover about Indian cinema.
And remember; Google ke saath, picture abhi baaki hai mere dost!
Posted by Karan Johar, Director, Producer, Media personality
Google At The Movies
1.5 million Indians enjoy high Speed Wi-Fi across 19 Railway Stations
June 20, 2016
Internet today represents an opportunity that can catapult India into a digitally empowered society and a knowledge economy. Even with 350* million Indians online today, the digital divide in India continues to remain a big challenge. On the occasion of the
World Wi-Fi Day by The Wireless Broadband Alliance
that aims to provide a platform to help bridge the Digital Divide. We want to take this moment to celebrate the milestone we have hit with our project with Railtel to provide high speed Wi-Fi at Railway Stations across India.
Last week we rolled out the network at four of India’s largest stations -
and we are delighted to share that 1.5 million Indians are now enjoying the high-speed broadband experience across 19 stations. At this scale, this is India’s shining example of a project that is contributing in bridging the digital divide by making high-speed broadband Wi-Fi network more easily accessible to millions of Indians who cross these stations.
Majority of India continues to access the Internet on a narrow band network, limiting their experience of Internet to basic activities. Easy and affordable access to full fidelity broadband network continues to be a challenge in India and is throttling the economic impact that Internet can have on the country. With this project, our objective is to create abundant broadband access to millions of Indians who’re currently not online or are using it in limited capacity to significantly enhance the benefits and productivity of the Internet. While we’re only at approximately 20% of the roll out schedule for this year, the response has been phenomenal.
We saw 100,000 users connect to the network within a week of launch at Mumbai Central and as we started rolling out the network at more stations, we saw exponential jump in the consumption of the network. Users in tier 2 cities latched onto the network with more enthusiasm and we saw much higher consumption of data in tier 2 cities, where access to high speed broadband is more challenging. Our data reveals that usage in Bhubaneshwar overtook Mumbai central within a day of the launch, and we’re seeing similar usage patterns emerge in tier 2 cities like Patna, Jaipur, Vishakhapatnam. Per capita consumption of data in tier 2 cities far exceeds the consumption we are seeing in tier 1 cities.
It’s heartening to note that even though users are in transit catching their trains and moving to their destinations, the average consumption per user on the network is 15* times the data they would consume on a 3G pack in a day, which today is the most dominant means of access to the Internet in the country. While the primary usage is focussed around infotainment,
we are seeing a lot of users in tier 2 cities use the network to look up and apply for jobs online. Bhubaneswar and Pune see lots of students come to the stations to look for up information related to educational courses, exam results , downloading softwares and upgrading their phone apps
We invite you to share your experience and views on the project #WiFidaywithGoogle
*Source: IAMAI Data
Posted by Gulzar Azad, Head of Access Programs, Google India
World Wi Fi Day
Announcing the Certification of Agencies as part of Google Developers Agency Program
June 13, 2016
[Cross posted from the
Official Google Developer Blog
, we had shared our initial plans to offer a unique program to software development agencies working on mobile apps.
is an effort by Google’s Developer Relations team to work closely with development agencies around the world and help them build high quality user experiences. It includes providing agencies with personalized training through local events and hangouts, dedicated content, priority support from product and developer relations teams, and early access to upcoming developer products.
Over the past few months, the program drew a lot of interest from hundreds of Agencies and we have since successfully launched this program in a number of countries including India, UK, Russia, Indonesia, USA and Canada.
Having worked with various agencies for several months, the Agency Program has now launched certification for those partners that have undergone the required training and have demonstrated excellence in building Android applications using our platforms. The Agency Program hopes that doing so would make it easier for clients who’re looking to hire an agency to make an informed decision while also pushing the entire development agency ecosystem to improve.
The list of our first set of certified agencies is available
We do plan to review and add more agencies to this list over the year and also expand the program to other countries.
Posted by Uttam Kumar Tripathi, Global Lead, Developer Agency Program
Google Agency Program
YouTube Offline just got smarter! Make the most of your data plan by saving videos overnight
June 9, 2016
launched YouTube offline
in 2014, we’ve seen you bid
bye bye to the buffering wheel
and take your favorite videos offline to enjoy in areas of low or no internet connectivity. Thanks to this popular feature, you’ve effectively saved money by watching your favourite videos many times over without a data connection.
We’re always working on ways to make the YouTube offline experience even better. Many mobile operators already offer discounted data and promotions to their subscribers, for the Internet during late night hours. Today, we’re beginning to roll out a feature called
on YouTube that lets you takes advantage of these cheaper data rates as offered by your mobile operator, without requiring you to stay up late at night.
Here’s how it works: when you tap on the familiar grey arrow
to take a video offline, a prompt will appear, giving you the option to select “Save overnight” using your mobile operator’s discounted night data plan. When you select it, the YouTube app will smartly schedule your video to be offlined after peak hours that night. When you wake up the next morning, your videos will be ready for you to watch offline and on the go, with no buffering.
This feature is gradually rolling out to
and Telenor subscribers today, and we hope to bring it to all users in India eventually. You will need to be connected to your carrier’s data network to see this feature (it will not work on Wifi networks), and make sure you’ve updated your YouTube app to the latest version.
We hope you like this more affordable and convenient way to take videos offline, and continue watching YouTube whenever you like, buffer-free.
Posted by Jessica Xu, Product Manager, YouTube who recently watched
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Empowering women through Information - Internet Saathi program expands to four new states
May 19, 2016
Bujji, an Internet Saathi in Somavaram, Vijayawada, learnt how to use the internet and many ways the internet could be used to enhance and add value to her everyday life. Enthused by the possibility, she became a trainer and trained her neighbour Nagalakshmi on how to use the internet. Nagalakshmi started researching sari blouse designs so she could start stitching more intricate clothing for her tailoring unit. She also researched going rates online and is now selling her handiwork at triple the former price. She is now able to use the extra money she makes to send her daughter to the best school in the area.
Bujji today is not only popular amongst the women in her village but she is also inspiring several other women in her neighbouring villages to learn.
Chetna, who lives in Alwar District of Rajasthan too became an Internet Saathi in December, 2015. She not only learnt about mustard farming techniques to run her farm but her own experience inspired her to train 500+ girls and women in span of four months. Several women, today reach out to her for a range of issues, including quick remedies for day to day health issues to sourcing information on MNREGA and other government schemes.
Divided by geographies but united in their mission to empower other women and their communities to gain from the power of the internet, there are thousands of women like Chetna and Bujji who are becoming the change agents in rural India.
100,000 women across India have learned to use the Internet under the ‘Internet Saathi’ program launched by Google and Tata Trusts in India July 2015. Aimed at bridging the digital gender disparity in rural India and empowering women and their communities by providing basic training on the usage and benefits of the internet - ‘Internet Saathi’ program is driving a meaningful impact in improving the lives of women and their communities in rural India. In the last ten months we have been active in villages across five states in India, namely Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. And now we’re expanding the program to four new states - West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Tripura.
‘Internet Saathi’ program focuses on training women in rural India to explore the various uses of Internet, who then impart training to the larger rural community in their own and neighbouring villages. Google helps in training the Saathi’s and provides data enabled devices along with the training material. On ground training classes is conducted by involving self help group federations and local NGO members who are supported by Tata Trusts on-ground network.
Only 1 in 10 Internet users in Rural India is a woman. Working along with our partners, we aim to create an enabling environment that empowers women in rural India. We have seen tremendous success in the Internet Saathi model - having local women trainer ensures continuity in the process of learning and imparting hands on training to women and children in villages - making it a highly scalable and sustainable program. We are committed to our mission of reaching 300,000 villages in India in next few years.
Posted by, Sapna Chadha, Head of Marketing, Google India
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