Say مرحبا, msawa, mihofnima or hello! to 500 languages on Gboard

Our goal with Gboard is to help you communicate in a way that’s comfortable and natural, regardless of the language you speak. While the ten most common languages cover about half of the world’s population, many more thousands of languages are spoken by the other half. As the Next Billion Users come online, technology needs to support their languages so they can get the most out of using the internet. Today, Gboard offers more than 500 language varieties on Android, bringing a smart, AI-driven typing experience to many more people around the world. This means that more than 90% of the world can now type in their first language with Gboard, with keyboard layouts tailored to each language and typing smarts like autocorrect and predictive text.

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Mapping stories with a new Street View Trekker

From climbing 3,000 feet up El Capitan in Yosemite to floating the canals of Venice to exploring the ancient city of Petra, people and organizations all over the world have used the Street View Trekker to document the places they’re passionate about. Together, we’ve published these adventures in 360 degree view on Google Maps for anyone in the world—no matter where you are—to enjoy.

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Over the years, we’ve gathered feedback from people and our partners who have used the Trekker around the world. Today, we’re upgrading the Trekker so that our partners—like tourism boards, airports and transit operators—can better capture places and their stories. The new Trekker has a sleeker design and is lighter in weight, making it easier to carry. The camera has also been updated with increased aperture and higher resolution sensors that will capture sharper imagery.

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2018 rewind: A look back at the top stories, moments and research

And just like that, the curtain has closed on 2018! While the industry navigated its fair share of changes this year (just like every year before), the holiday season and the promise of a fresh start always work as a natural reminder to reflect on the past twelve months. With that in mind, here’s a look back at the top stories, moments and research from Google Ad Manager that had the biggest impact on our partners. Much more to come in 2019—we’ll see you then.

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We welcomed Google Ad Manager

This year we introduced Google Ad Manager, a complete platform to grow ad revenue and protect your brand wherever people are watching, playing or engaging with your content. Bringing Ad Manager to fruition was a three year project that seamlessly folded DoubleClick Ad Exchange and DoubleClick for Publishers together into a truly unified platform.

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Draw a line in the snow: using tech with kids around the holidays

In just a few days, most kids will be out of school for the holiday break. And while you and your family might be building snowmen and hanging out by the fire, the extra free time means your kids will also be spending more time on their devices. I chatted with Stephen Balkham at the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) and the two of us came up with some tips for striking a good balance with technology this time of year.

Stephen: Start winter vacation with a tech conversation

Just like you might sit down and plan out where you’re going over the holidays,  you can set a game plan for how you and your family will use technology. Set expectations with your kids for how much screen time is appropriate each day, when screens are okay, and what kinds of things you want them to be doing on their device. Don’t forget to set restrictions for yourself as well–the best way to get your kids to use their devices appropriately is to model how to be a good digital citizen yourself.

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