November 12, 2014

Finale: This year on Children’s Day we showcase ‘A place in India I wish to visit’ through a Doodle by the creative young doodler...

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IXth grader Vaidehi Reddy from Pune

With more than a million entries from over 2100 schools across 50 cities we finally have this year’s India Doodle4Google (D4G) winner! IXth grader Vaidehi Reddy’s doodle will be featured on the Google India homepage on November 14th to celebrate Children’s Day.

Vaidehi Reddy, who attends Army Public School, Pune, submitted her Doodle around this year’s theme, ‘A place in India I wish to visit’. Vaidehi’s doodle artfully depicts Assam, where she would like to go because it is rich in both, natural beauty and culture.

This year’s jury, Political cartoonist Ajit Ninan, Art Director Children's Publishing at ACK Media Savio Mascarenhas and Google Doodle team lead Ryan Germick along with the Google Doodle team had a mammoth task at hand - to choose the national winner.

We are overwhelmed to see great participation from young children and schools year-on-year since 2009. The designs for this year’s theme “A place in India I wish to visit” were incredibly creative across all grade groups. In addition to selecting Vaidehi Reddy as the national winner, public votes helped us determine the three group winners:
  • Grades 1-3: Sarvagjna Miriyala, DAV Public School, Panvel, Mumbai won the prize for her doodle titled ‘Gods own country Kerala
  • Grades 4-6: V Sai Latha Rani, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Vizag won the prize for her doodle titled ‘Ooty’s beauty
  • Grades 7-10: Y Sai Greeshma, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Vizag won the prize for her doodle titled ‘Heritage Glorified - Hampi’

We announced the winners today in a fun-filled event at Delhi, where all the finalists were treated to a unique Google experience as they gathered around to crown and cheer the winners.

Thanks to all of you who voted and helped us select this year’s winner. And a bigger thank you to the students and parents from across India who submitted doodles. We’ll be back in 2015; till then, keep doodling - who knows, your child could be the next winner!

Posted by Sandeep Menon, Director of Marketing, Google India


November 7, 2014

Coding for good and reading for fun: the first-ever Chrome App Developer Challenge in India

[Cross posted from the Official Google for Education Blog]

According to READAlliance, many primary school-age children in India have low literacy rates. In one survey of children ages 5-16 in rural India, nearly half couldn’t form words from individual letters. In another survey of fifth grade children, two-thirds were unable to identify the main theme of a passage they read.

To help address this, we recently partnered with READAlliance, USAID, the Centre for Knowledge Societies (CKS) and 10,000 Startups India to pilot the Chrome App Developer Challenge for Education. Run by the Google India Developer Relations team, the program encouraged developers to build Chrome apps for India’s primary school children with the goal of improving their reading skills and getting on a path of lifelong learning.

On July 5, thirty top developer teams came together at our Bangalore office and remotely via Google Hangouts to kick off the eight-week challenge. The developers, selected from hundreds of applicants based on their success in past hackathons, worked with mentors over the course of eight weeks to build and publish their apps. Content providers including Pratham Books and the educational cartoon series Chotta Bheem contributed relevant open-source content for the apps.


These 30 apps are now available for free on the Chrome Web Store. They represent a variety of fun learning experiences including interactive stories, reading comprehension quizzes, timed word-matching games, and a racing app that involves building complex words from alphabet tiles.

We announced the three winning apps — selected by educators based on the quality of their content as well as technical merits — on October 28. We’ll also feature them on the Chrome Web Store for three months in the hopes that even more teachers, parents and students will be able to access them. USAID and CKS plan to extend the reach of the apps by introducing them to schools for lower income children in India this year.

Visit the +Google for Education page on Monday November 3rd at 10:00 am GMT (or 3:30 pm India Time) to join the live Hangout on Air featuring the three winning apps. Education expert and TED Prize winner Dr. Sugata Mitra, will be joining the Hangout. Known for the seminal Hole in the Wall learning experiments, Dr. Mitra won the 2013 TED Prize to build a new kind of School in the Cloud where children can explore on their own and learn from one another using online resources.  

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in the pilot challenge, and we hope to see the rest of you on Monday’s hangout.

Posted by Sunil Rao, India Developer Relations, and Suhair Khan, Chrome & Education Partnerships and Strategy.

Hindi Translatathon: Help us improve Google Translate


Today in India, every person online speaks English. However, most of the next web users will not be English speakers and we are committed to bring to each and everyone of them the best possible internet experience. This is why our teams are working hard to improve Google Translate for many languages, including Hindi. 

Would you like to apply your knowledge of both Hindi and English to help us build a better translate product ? Between Nov. 6th and Nov. 21st 2014, help us translate as many words and short sentences as you can on the Google Translate Community.
In return, the 101 most active translators will win Android One phones*

In the quest to get the next 300 millions Indian users online, this is an important step. We hope you take it with us :)
Register and participate here : http://translate.google.com/community/hindi

*Terms and conditions apply : http://goo.gl/vHmy1y

October 28, 2014

Meet the 12 Doodle4Google 2014 finalists from India and vote to choose the winners!

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Entries now open for online voting for users to choose the winner.

We’re very excited that the annual Doodle4Google (D4G) competition with the theme ‘A place in India I wish to visit’ has reached its final stages. The competition has seen amazing response from across the country and we are glad to announce our 12 Finalists.

Details of the finalists along with their doodles are showcased at: http://www.google.co.in/doodle4google/. Online voting to pick the final winner has been ongoing from  October 27 and will close on November 10. Our final champion doodler will be announced on November 12 at an event in New Delhi.

As always, this year’s D4G participants are grouped into three categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 3; Group 2 with students from Class 4 to 6; and Group 3 with students from Class 7 to 10. Breaking all previous records, this year, we received more than 1 Million entries! These went through a 2 rounds of judging, first by a group of Art Schools, and then by our national jury of Cartoonist Ajit Ninan, Art Director at Tinkle Savio Mascarenhas and Google Doodle Team Lead Ryan Germick.

You get to now vote for your choices online to choose one winner from each group. Finally, on the basis of your votes and on the basis of the ranking by the reputed national jury, the national winner will be selected from all the finalists. The winning doodle will be placed on the google.co.in homepage on November 14, National Children’s Day.

Here is the list of the 12 finalists from across India:

Group 1: Class 1 to 3
1.     Pranav V Chhatbar – The Rajkumar College, Rajkot
2.     Manasvi N. Gaikwad – St. Xaviers High School, Mumbai
3.     Sarvagjna Miriyala – DAV Public School, Mumbai
4.     Shaurya Jadon – Model School, Faridabad

Group 2: Class 4 to 6
1.     Amna Firdous – St. Anthony’s Day School, Kolkata
2.     V Sai Latha Rani - Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan, Vizag
3.      Isa Chowdhury – Model School, Durgapur
4.     Reba Philip – Pallikoodam School, Kottayam

Group 3: Class 7 to 10
1.     Joel Valentine – Army Public School, Bengaluru
2.     Vaidehi Reddy – Army Public School, Pune
3.     Samyak Singh – Sharda Vidya Mandir, Bhopal
4.     Y Sai Greeshma – Sri Prakash Vidya Niketan, Vizag

About the History of the Doodle:
Over the years, doodles on the Google homepage have made search on Google more fun and enjoyable for its users worldwide. When doodles were first created, nobody had anticipated how popular and integral they would become to the Google search experience. Nowadays, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!

Doodles are known as the decorative changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists. Having a little bit of fun with the corporate logo by redesigning it from time to time is unheard of at many companies but at Google, it is a part of the brand. While the doodle is primarily a fun way for the company to recognize events and notable people, it also illustrates the creative and innovative personality of the company itself.

Posted by Sandeep Menon, Director of Marketing, Google India.



October 16, 2014

Android: Be together. Not the same.

[Cross posted from the Official Google Blog]

Good things happen when everybody’s invited. A few years ago, we had the thought that phones (and stuff that hadn’t even been invented yet like tablets and smart watches) would be way more interesting if everyone could build new things together. So we created Android as an open platform, and put it out there for everyone to imagine, invent, make, or buy whatever they wanted.
Since then, all kinds of people—from companies big and small to folks on Kickstarter, kids in schools, and crazy smart developers—have been innovating faster, together, more than we ever could alone. And the best part is that every time someone new joins in, things get more interesting, unexpected, and wonderful for all of us.
Getting everyone in on the party is the same spirit behind Android One—an effort recently launched in India (coming to other countries soon) to make great smartphones available to the billions of people around the world who aren’t yet online. It’s also why we’re excited about Lollipop, our newest software release, which is designed to meet the diverse needs of the billion-plus people who already use Android today.
Joining the party: Android 5.0 Lollipop
As previewed at Google I/O, Lollipop is our largest, most ambitious release on Android with over 5,000 new APIs for developers. Lollipop is designed to be flexible, to work on all your devices and to be customized for you the way you see fit. And just like Android has always been, it’s designed to be shared.
Lollipop is made for a world where moving throughout the day means interacting with a bunch of different screens—from phones and tablets to TVs. With more devices connecting together, your expectation is that things just work. With Lollipop, it’s easier than ever to pick up where you left off, so the songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all the other ones.
As you switch from one screen to another, the experience should feel the same. So Lollipop has a consistent design across devices—an approach we call Material Design. Now content responds to your touch, or even your voice, in more intuitive ways, and transitions between tasks are more fluid.
Lollipop also gives you more control over your device. You can now adjust your settings so that only certain people and notifications can get through, for example, when you’re out to dinner or in the middle of an important meeting. And when an important notification does come through, you can see it directly from the lockscreen.
And because we’re using our devices a lot more, there’s a new battery saver feature that extends the life of your device by up to 90 minutes—helpful if you’re far from a power outlet. We’ve enabled multiple user accounts and guest user mode for keeping your personal stuff private. And you can now secure your device with a PIN, password, pattern, or even by pairing your phone to a trusted device like your watch or car with Smart Lock. But this is just a small taste of Lollipop. Learn more on android.com.
Meet the Nexus family, now running Lollipop
Advances in computing are driven at the intersection of hardware and software. That's why we’ve always introduced Nexus devices alongside our platform releases. Rather than creating software in the abstract, we work with hardware partners to build Nexus devices to help push the boundaries of what's possible. Nexus devices also serve as a reference for the ecosystem as they develop on our newest release. And for Lollipop, we have a few new Nexus treats to share with you.
First, with Motorola, we developed the Nexus 6. This new phone has a contoured aluminum frame, a 6-inch Quad HD display and a 13 megapixel camera. The large screen is complemented by dual front-facing stereo speakers that deliver high-fidelity sound, making it as great for movies and gaming as it is for doing work. It also comes with a Turbo Charger, so you can get up to six hours of use with only 15 minutes of charge.
Next, a new tablet built in partnership with HTC. Nexus 9, with brushed metal sides and 8.9-inch screen, is small enough to easily carry around in one hand, yet big enough to work on. And since more and more people want to have the same simple experience they have on their tablets when they have to do real work, we designed a keyboard folio that magnetically attaches to the Nexus 9, folds into two different angles and rests securely on your lap like a laptop.
Android 5.0 Lollipop, which comes on Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, will also be available on Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.
The party’s just getting started

With this latest release of Android Lollipop, we're excited to continue working with our developer community, hardware partners, and all of you. More ideas and more creators is what gets us all to better ideas faster. And since everyone's invited to the party, we hope you'll join in the fun by creating and sharing an Android character that captures a little bit of who you are—one of a kind. Enjoy!




Posted by Sundar Pichai, SVP, Android, Chrome & Apps.

October 13, 2014

Music knows no boundaries, so why should you?

Find out what YouTube’s 1 billion users across the world can mean to you as a Musician/Artist...

For Cody Simpson, a teenage Australian pop artist,  it meant going from recording covers in his bedroom to signing a record deal. For PSY, a South Korean singer, songwriter, dancer and rapper, it meant getting global fame. Closer to home in India, for  Maati Bani, a world Music band based out of Mumbai which combines elements of Hindustani Classical with various styles of Folk music and New age sounds, it opened up opportunities to collaborate with artists from around the world.

Over the years YouTube has become the leading platform for musicians to get discovered and noticed, build a global audience and connect with their fans. It has also opened up avenues for new gigs, collaborations, fame and fortune.

YouTube in association with 93.5 RED FM invites you to "Indie Music Outreach", a perfect event to come and learn from YouTube experts on how you can use YouTube to reach global audience! Whatever your craft is, or language or genre of music, this event is open to everyone who has a passion for music and considers the world their stage. Only requirement is to have a YouTube channel or create one if you don’t  (Its Free!). Sign up here for any of the sessions below
DATE
City
7th November
Mumbai
10th November
Gurgaon
11th November
Bangalore
13th November
Chennai
15th November
Guwahati


What’s more these sessions will be followed by a series of Music Video Production Workshops where an expert will have practical sessions around “How to produce videos economically”, “Shooting with a Mobile device”, “How to use home lights to create effects” and “Post Production” etc.

Based on participation in the workshops and the videos produced post the initial sessions, 20 bands/artists, will be selected by 93.5 RED FM. The selected bands/ artists  will get production support for a Music Video in Jam Format from 93.5 RED FM.

Interested? Fill this form and register for the workshops and let the music play!

Posted by: Gaurav Dobhal, YouTube Partner Manager, Recently Watched Rang Rangiya Maati Bani Ft Komal Rizvi

October 3, 2014

Announcing fast access for mobile users

The Internet is a global gathering space of infinite opportunity, where people from around the world can exchange ideas and access humanity’s knowledge. Everyone should have equal access to the Internet’s information to improve their everyday lives, regardless of who they are or where they live.

Increasingly, people in India are accessing the Internet through mobile devices such as their smartphones. However, not all of these devices come with fast, cheap connections. Today, we're launching a new streamlined version of our search results page in India to help.

Now, we will automatically check to see if a user has a slow wireless connection and deliver a fast loading version of Search. Fewer bytes means you get your answer faster—and cheaper! Google's high-quality results will remain the same, but elements such as images and maps will only show up when they are an essential part of the result.

This is just another step Google is taking to organize the world’s information and make it accessible to everyone, including those who do not have fast mobile connections.