Become a Google power searcher

Become a Google power searcher: You may already be familiar with some shortcuts for Google Search, like using the search box as a calculator or finding local movie showtimes by typing [movies] and your zip code. But there are many more tips, tricks and tactics you can use to find exactly what you’re looking for, when you most need it.

Today, we’ve opened registration for Power Searching with Google, a free, online, community-based course showcasing these techniques and how you can use them to solve everyday problems. Our course is aimed at empowering you to find what you need faster, no matter how you currently use search. For example, did you know that you can search for and read pages written in languages you’ve never even studied? Identify the location of a picture your friend took during his vacation a few months ago? How about finally identifying that green-covered book about gardening that you’ve been trying to track down for years? You can learn all this and more over six 50-m…

Google+ for Android: polish and performance

Google+ for Android: polish and performance: We continue to work toward a simpler, more beautiful Google, and today we're accelerating these efforts with a new Google+ app for Android phones. The update includes lots of highly-requested features—like the ability to start a hangout on the go, and to edit posts inline—as well as a stream that celebrates the rich content shared across Google+. In all cases we're building for a mobile future, and we're excited about what's ahead.

Start a hangout from anywhere, and ring the folks that matter most

With Hangouts we want to help people connect face-to-face-to-face—at any time, from anywhere. Of course, there's really only one device that's always by your side—your phone—so we've invested in mobile hangouts since early on. Today we're adding another important feature to the mix: the ability to start a hangout directly from your mobile device.

To get started, tap “Hangout” in the (new) navigation ribbon, add some …

View photos of the world with the Panoramio App on your Google TV

View photos of the world with the Panoramio App on your Google TV: I came across thegeo-tagged photos fromPanoramio a while ago when I was looking up a place on theGoogle Maps. They triggered my interest and I immediately visited Panoramio’s website to view more photos. I searched for any place that came to my mind and saw amazing pictures taken by photographers who had visited those places and shared them on Panoramio. With Google TV and the possibilities it provides, I thought it would be cool to have an app to browse photos from Panoramio right on my TV.

So I made one!

Check out the new Panoramio app for Google TV.

Whether you’re deciding about that perfect spot for your next vacation or simply want to go on a quick virtual getaway, simply hit Search and enter the name of the place:

The app provides a list of cool places around the world that might fuel your travel inspirations.

Use the carousel on the bottom to quickly and easily browse through several photos or start a slideshow and…

Introducing Chrome for Android

Introducing Chrome for Android: In 2008, we launched Google Chrome to help make the web better. We’re excited that millions of people around the world use Chrome as their primary browser and we want to keep improving that experience. Today, we're introducing Chrome for Android Beta, which brings many of the things you’ve come to love about Chrome to your Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone or tablet. Like the desktop version, Chrome for Android Beta is focused on speed and simplicity, but it also features seamless sign-in and sync so you can take your personalized web browsing experience with you wherever you go, across devices.


With Chrome for Android, you can search, navigate and browse fast—Chrome fast. You can scroll through web pages as quickly as you can flick your finger. When searching, your top search results are loaded in the background as you type so pages appear instantly. And of course, both search and navigation can all be done quickly from the Chrome omnibox.

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